HYPNOTHERAPY FOR PHYSICAL ILLNESS
Mobilising the power of your mind can help your body deal with illness
Many of us have grown up with the idea of the mind and the body being separate realms. The idea that we can use our minds to influence what is happening in our bodies therefore can feel hard to imagine or believe. In reality it is increasingly accepted that body and mind are tightly interconnected and affect each other directly.
Hypnotherapy makes use of our innate ability to relax our muscles, detach our focus from the world around us and focus inwards into what is known as a trance state. If that sounds familiar, that is because it is: every time we daydream, we are entering a natural trance state. While we may not have control over when we daydream, we can train our minds and bodies to enter the trance state at will and, with practice, quickly.
Hypnotherapy is used many different situations with the aim of helping to create desired change, whether at a physical, behavioural, psychological or emotional level.
So how can mobilising the mind’s power help in cases of physical illness? While not in itself a treatment for physical illnesses, as a complementary therapy hypnotherapy can support the body in many ways to reduce the symptoms and effects of disease. By learning to relax mind and body sensations of pain can be reduced, levels of anxiety, stress and fatigue can be lowered and a greater sense of control and resilience can be built. In hypnotherapy your mind works with your body (assisted by the hypnotherapist’s guiding suggestions).
I make my clients individual recordings to take away, and teach them self-hypnosis techniques so that they are able to go on accessing the power of their minds to support their bodies at any time. It is impossible to ‘overdose’ on hypnotherapy: on the contrary, repetition can only strengthen and deepen the help it can bring.
Hypnotherapy may have a positive role to play at any point from diagnosis to prior to procedures like scans or biopsies to preparing for surgery itself. After surgery, levels of discomfort, pain, anxiety and fatigue can often be managed down by regular use of the hypnotherapy tools I equip my clients with.
Spiritual healing is also able to bring similar relief of physical, mental and emotional symptoms and effects at any point during the process of illness with the added advantage that healing can also be sent distantly. See link to main spiritual healing page
If you would like to know more about the uses of hypnotherapy in supporting patients through cancer, follow this link about Mesothelioma (Asbestos-related cancer) to read about the ways they have found hypnotherapy has helped affected patients.
NB. Before embarking on any complementary therapy, you should consult your doctor.
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Kathryn Scorza is a skilled Hypnotherapist and Spiritual Healer based in North London.