Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3-2-1-Relax! During the Holidays… With Hypnosis!

Hypnosis, simply put, is a relaxed and focused state of mind. Most people can learn to enter this state of deep relaxation and purposefully focused attention easily and safely in just a few sessions with the help of a trained professional hypnotherapist like Dr. Shanimah Ra. After following my instructions and learning simple techniques, most clients can induce a self-hypnotic state. Unlike alcohol or drugs, hypnosis can be used anytime and anywhere. All that it requires is an opportunity to relax for a few minutes. You can practice self-hypnosis while gazing out an office window or sitting in a quiet corner of the office break-room. With persistence and perseverance, you can learn to be calm and relaxed in the most crowded and noisy of situations.

By quieting down the body and mind in a trance state, a chain of physiological responses commence such as hormonal changes and improved immune system function. Hypnotic states reduce the effects of stress on the body by preventing the ‘flight or fight’ response, which relaxes muscle tension, as well as lowering heart rate and reducing blood pressure. Additionally, these changes stimulate other positive changes such as decreased production of stress hormones and an increase of protective T-cell production within your immune system.

Since the 1970s, increased scientific research indicates that hypnosis, as well as other ‘mind/body’ therapies such as biofeedback and meditation, is an effective and successful option in treatment of illness where stress is a major factor. While not meant to take the place of traditional medical care, hypnosis acts as a useful and efficient adjunct therapy – one that is not only effective, but enjoyable as well. A major study at Duke University in North Carolina showed that practicing relaxation resulted in reduced hypertension and reduced blood sugar levels in test patients. Another study discovered that the regular practice of hypnosis could increase the success rates of in-vitro fertilization procedures.

The myth that someone can ‘take over’ your mind or influence your thoughts without your consent has been scientifically dispelled. When you request a hypnotherapy session, you are aware at all times of the suggestions that I offer. Your mind will automatically and instinctually reject any suggestions that conflict with your personal values and beliefs. I work closely with my clients to develop suggestions and imageries that are specifically tailored to your needs and desires.

Continuing research clearly illustrates the effectiveness of hypnosis for stress reduction and its accompanying health benefits. Wouldn’t you like to experience the advantages of hypnosis today?



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