A great article by Expanded Consciousness.
Self hypnosis remains a mystery for many people, surrounded by mystical myths and preconceptions that have followed the hypnotherapist profession from the beginning.
Difficult to believe that it can help with conditions as varied as migraine, chronic pain, fears and phobias, low self-esteem or tobacco addiction to name but a few, and without side effects.
It is a very little known fact that everybody experiences the state of hypnosis several times a day without even realising it. For example, while driving a very familiar route and arriving at a destination without recalling the exact details of the journey, when completely focusing on a good movie, when listening to music… The examples are numerous.
Self hypnosis brings on this natural hypnotic state to help you work on the problems you are experiencing, making your mind the most precious ally you have against them.
Self hypnosis can soothe your chronic pains and physical discomforts (migraine, general pain, back pains, abdominal cramping…) and bring them down to tolerable levels. Although it can’t cure the direct cause of your discomfort, it gives you access to a cutting edge pain management tool which is completely natural.
Nowadays hypnosis is even used as a substitute to anaesthetics for light medical procedures and helps deal with pain after a surgical procedure.
Self hypnosis can help you to get rid of an addiction like tobacco or alcohol by helping you to make changes in depth and alter how you are dealing with a bad habit, strengthening your mind naturally. With self hypnosis you have access to a mean to control your addiction whenever you truly need it, instead of relapsing; you can focus yourself with natural relaxation techniques. Fully in control of your cravings, you can move on and be independent of the generally accepted chemical solutions.
When in the state of hypnosis, you enter a deep relaxation where you unwind both mentally and physically. In this natural and relaxed state, your body undergoes certain physiological changes; the pulse rate decreases and lowers the blood pressure.
Hypnosis encourages the production of serotonin (the feel-good chemical) your brain releases when you are calm and relaxed, and helps reduce the cortisol production (the stress chemical).
When experiencing self hypnosis on a regular basis, your stress level naturally reduces and the effect lasts long after the session is finished.