There was a superb television delight on here in the UK entitled ‘Hypno-Surgery’ recently and it showed a man receiving hypno-surgery. That is, he had a hernia operation without any anaesthesia other than by using hypnosis.
Of course, it is a sensation because it is on television, however, these have been done for years. There are lots of filmed studies and masses of research that has been done using hypnosis alone when performing surgery.
Many ways have been used to alleviate pain over the years and I have experienced many myself and found hypnosis accompanied with a range of mind skills and tools to be by far the best way of overcoming and altering my response to it.
Can you remember a time when you had a paper cut and you did not realise that you had it until later on that day when you saw it with your own eyes? It was not until you saw it that it hurt and thought “oooh that smarts a bit.” This is naturally occurring anaesthesia, the capacity which exists within us all.
One of the most basic methods for using your mind to create anaesthesia is called the glove anaesthesia method and today I want to share it with you for you to use as and when you like.
Important point here : You must only use this pain-control technique when you know the cause of any pain. Please also consult a doctor if the condition persists. Otherwise, use this technique for fun and to remind you of how amazing you and your brain really are.
Step One: Find a comfortable place where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes. Get yourself relaxed.Focus on your breathing, let it be steady, deep and slow. Imagine relaxing all the muscles in your body one by one and really do take the time required to establish a nice relaxed physical state.
Use your imagination to imagine a favourite place, somewhere you feel safe and relaxed. Imagine that you can hear the sounds of that place, see the sights, feel the feelings that you would feel in that place. Use your conscious mind’s awareness and focus on each of the muscles in your body and think the word “soften” into each of your muscles. Imagine them melting, softening and allow your mind to be peaceful.
Take a good few minutes to do this; indulge yourself.
Step Two: Develop a strong sense of purpose right now. Using your internal dialogue, remind yourself and tell yourself that you have the power and ability to be in control of any sensations in your body and mind. Because you really do. Tell yourself that You accept that you are in control of your own mind. Focus on and imagine the unlimited power of your mind, tell yourself that you can send numbing sensations into any part of your body. Develop a sense of belief in yourself and in the power of your own mind. Really encourage and empower yourself.
Imagine that these words of personal power and belief that you say to yourself are being delivered to the deepest depths of your mind. Imagine that they’ve been accepted on every level of your body and mind.
At this stage, also tell yourself that the word “anaesthesia” is your key trigger word for a conditioned response later on.
Step three: Now we begin to invoke the glove anaesthesia. Begin by concentrating upon your dominant hand, really focus on it to the exclusion of all else. Notice the tiniest of sensations within it. Begin to imagine that using your attention, your dominant hand is free of all feeling. This needs some time and concentration.
Maybe you can use your imagination to imagine that your hand is encased in ice. Truly imagine those feelings.
Separate your hand, in your mind, from the rest of your physical body. Think of it as detached from your physical being. Continue to focus your attention upon your hand and allow it to lose all feeling.
Using your internal dialogue again, tell yourself that your hand is becoming numb. No feeling at all. Inside your mind instruct your hand to go to sleep. Tell it to go to sleep. Be aware of all the unusual sensations that are in your hand as you focus upon it and keep all your focus and concentration upon it.
Tell yourself that every breath you take seems to cause your hand to become number, and number, until you just can’t feel your hand at all. You just can’t feel your hand at all because it is numb. No feeling. Numb. Tell yourself that with authority and belief.
Step Five: Now, you’re going to transfer this lack of feeling to the part of your body that you desire to feel numb and have the anaesthesia in. So when you are sure that you have created the correct level of numbness in your hand you’re going to raise your hand and place it upon the part of your body you want to feel numb.
When you do this, you’ll transfer this numbness to that part of your body. So then go ahead and raise your hand and touch the part of your body you want to become cool and numb. Maybe imagine the numbness as a colour that you are spreading into that area. Maybe imagine that part of your body being filled with that colour and creating that numbness. Imagine all the sensations of numbness are being transferred into that part of your body. Release the numbness into that other part of your body.
Then spend some moments doing that properly and thoroughly now. As you do it, give yourself a time limit that this is going to last for. Naturally, you do not want that part of you to be numb forever. So make sure that you set yourself a time limit when your self-induced anaesthesia will end.
Step Six: Now that you have transferred the calming, soothing, numbing coolness, and you’re physically feeling better and better in that area. Really enjoy the sensations and marvel at your own amazing self. Imagine coolness permeates the area. Imagine you experience wonderful relief in that area. Breathe deeply and relax completely.
Maybe even repeat a little mantra of support to your self at this point: “Calm, cool, soothing, numbing sensations permeates the area. Better and better. Numbness. Relief. Numbness.” Use words that appeal to you the most.
Step Seven: When you have maintained the state and are sure that you feel really good. Say the word “anaesthesia” to yourself, so that each time you use this word in future occasions, when you have the right intention and conditions to do this again, saying the word will bring the resources of this session to make next time even better. Breathe deeply, embrace the sensations in your body and mind and repeat the word to yourself. Trust that each time you choose to use it in the future, it has a wonderful effect of enhancing and amplifying your control over your anaesthesia.
Step Eight: And it’s time to focus the incredible power of your imagination by imagining yourself doing this even better next time. Imagine that you feel more and more in control of your own mind each time you do this. Experience the joy in this realisation. Create every detail of this future occasion in your mind, including your reaction and the reactions of others. And in so doing you communicate your desire to the levels of mind that will assist you in manifesting this natural anaesthesia better and better each time you do it. Each time you use that word when practising your anaesthesia, tell yourself it works more and more profoundly and powerfully.
Imagine yourself really feeling good about this and what you can do with the power of your own mind.
Spend a few moments quietly doing this.
Step Nine: When you have fully absorbed all you can from this wonderful experience, open your eyes and remember all that has been communicated.
Step Ten: Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice, the better and more thorough it is.
You may want to practice doing this on your arm. Prior to doing it, pinch your arm until it hurts to gauge what your pain tolerance level is in that arm. Then when you have it anaesthetised, test how different the sensations are.
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The Inner Child refers to your emotional body sometimes called the 'True Self' one of the four aspects in cognitive behavioural therapy. It was referred to as the 'Divine Child' by Jung, as the 'Wonder Child' by Emmet Fox and as the 'Child Within' by Charles Whitfield.
Our personalities emerge as a result of our genetic code, DNA, or inherited characteristics, and the environment in which we experience. Childhood is dictated by those who raise us and often causes scars that will take years to heal. For the most part, our issues go back to childhood and what impacted on our emotional and physical bodies at that time. The inner child remains with us all of our lives.
We all have an inner child, it’s the part of you that laughs at childish things, wants to buy, test and play with toys, play on swings or on trolleys in supermarkets. This child is still a very special part of you. We are all children at heart, innocently searching for our meaning in life.
During the therapy we will explore four stages of your childhood at each stage, we will explore your current behaviours, thoughts and emotions. This can indicate problems that stem from a particular period of your childhood being;
Eight Child types can be identified with many people moving between types or having multiple types at various stage of their Childhood. The types are Playful, Spoiled, Neglected, Abandoned, Fearful, Unbonded, Discounted and The Spiritual Child.
Toys, Photographs and Art activities all enhance your memories and are incorporated into the Hypnotic therapy session. The therapy often invokes laughter, sometimes tears but always excellent results.
Inner Child work can be offered as a day’s workshop, private party or as a series of private sessions.
The HFEA (The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) estimates that 1 in 7 couples in the United Kingdom have problems conceiving, this could be as many as three and a half million people.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) defines infertility as failing to get pregnant after two years of regular unprotected sex. Infertility is commonest is the 20-45 ae range. Infertility affect both men and women. There are valid medical reason why this can occur.
However more than 25% of these cases, are diagnosed as idiopathic or “unexplained infertility”.
In these cases, Hypnotherapy can help couples to achieve their natural fertility, conceive and give birth to healthy babies.
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1 in 4 women will require treatment for depression at some time, compared with 1 in 10 men. The reasons for this are unclear, but are thought to be due to both social and biological factors. Doctors are also more likely to treat depression in women than in men, even when they present with identical symptoms.
Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are distributed according to a gradient of economic disadvantage across society, with the poorer and more disadvantaged suffering disproportionately from common mental health problems and their adverse consequences.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists found that the number of older people affected by depression is much higher than this. This figure is estimated to be 1 in 5 older people (rates are thought to be double this in older people living in care homes).
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, around 50% of older people with depression receive no help from the National Health Service.
Depression tends to recur in most people. More than 50% of people who have one episode of depression will have another, while those who have a second episode have a further relapse risk of 70%.
Children with at least one depressed parent have a 50% chance of developing depression themselves before the age of 20.
The World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease.
Source: Reading University
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History of Hypnosis
The word hypnosis is taken from the Greek for sleep, Named after the Greek God of sleep ’hypnos’. Hypnosis can trace its history back thousands of years to shamans inducing trances in subjects. Evidence exists that shows Egyptians using suggestion and sleep trances. There are many references to trance and hypnosis in early writings. In 2600 BC the father of Chinese medicine, Wong Tai, wrote about techniques that involved incantations and passes of the hands. The Hindu Vedas written around 1500 BC mention hypnotic procedures. Trance-like states occur in many shamanistic, druidic, voodoo, yogic and religious practices.
The physician Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) and Aesculapius both used forms of hypnosis in their treatment. In the early Christian era the use of hypnotism declined although some of Jesus`s miracle healings could be put down to it.
Johann Joseph Gassner (1727–1779), a Catholic priest, believed that disease was caused by demons and could be exorcised by incantations and prayer. He suggested patients touch his crucifix then they would fall to the floor in a trance like state this was witnessed by Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815), a physician from Austria, investigated an effect he called "animal magnetism" or "mesmerism", the idea that diseases are the result of blockages in the flow of magnetic forces in the body. He believed that he could store his animal magnetism in large baths of iron filings and transfer it to patients with steel rods and 'mesmeric passes'.
In `1842 a Scottish eye surgeon James Braid (1795 – 1860) coined the term "hypnotism" in his unpublished Practical Essay on the Curative Agency of Neuro-Hypnotism (1842). One day, when he was late for an appointment, he found his patient in the waiting room staring into an old lamp with glazed eyes. Fascinated, Braid gave the patient some simple commands, telling him to close his eyes and go to sleep. The patient complied and Braid’s interest grew. He discovered that getting patients to fixate on something was one of the most important elements in putting them into trance and he started to use a swinging watch as the eye fixation point. He wrote the first book on Hypnotism called Neurypnology (1843).
James Esdaile (1805–1859) used hypnotism to perform 345 major operations using mesmeric sleep as the sole anaesthetic in British India. On returning to England the medical profession just laughed and ridiculed him. However, some people say that if chloroform had not been discovered around the same time as hypnosis for anaesthesia, then hypnosis would be more widely used today
John Elliotson (1791–1868), an English surgeon, used mesmerism to perform 1834 surgical operations and in 1849 formed a mesmeric hospital.
Hippolyte Bernheim consider to be the father of modern hypnotism with Ambroise-Auguste Liébeault (1864–1904) he founded the Nancy School, a school of hypnotherapeutic theory and practice in the last two decades of the 19th century.
The neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (1825–1893) used hypnotism for the treatment of hysteria. And was the first to record the use of post-hypnotic suggestion. Sigmund Freud who was a student of Charcot and witnessed experiments by Liébeault and Hippolyte Bernheim in Nancy he then developed ‘abreaction therapy’.
Another pioneer was the Frenchman Emile Coue (1857 - 1926). He developed something called 'auto suggestion', although he is perhaps even more famous for his saying "Every day in every way I am getting better and better". His new technique was the affirmation technique. He also anticipated what is known as the placebo effect. Recent research into placebos is quite startling and shows that placebos often work better than conventional medicine. Emile Coue was the first person to realise the power of suggestion in hypnosis.
Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939) was also interested in hypnosis, initially using it extensively in his work. He eventually abandoned his practice for a number of reasons, the most important being that he was not successful. He favoured psychoanalysis, a kind of hypnotherapy but without hypnosis.
Milton Erickson (1901–1980) developed many ideas and techniques in hypnosis referred to as Ericksonian Hypnosis, this has influenced many modern thoughts around hypnosis. As a teenager he was stricken with polio and paralysed, but he managed to re-mobilise himself. It was while paralysed that he began to observe and analyse people, and he became fascinated by human psychology. Erickson treated people by using techniques such as metaphor, confusion and humour, while they were in a hypnotic trance. He became famous for his 'indirect techniques'. Today a hypnotherapist who uses indirect suggestions is deemed to be an 'Ericsonian'. Personally, I prefer to use a mixture of both direct and indirect suggestion.
In the United Kingdom, the Hypnotism Act 1952 was instituted to regulate stage hypnotists' public entertainments. On 23 April 1955, the British Medical Association (BMA) approved the use of hypnosis in the areas of psychoneuroses and hypnoanesthesia in pain management in childbirth and surgery
In 1958, the American Medical Association (AMA) approved a report on the medical uses of hypnosis. It encouraged research on hypnosis although pointing out that some aspects of hypnosis are unknown and controversial. Two years after AMA approval, the American Psychological Association (APA) endorsed hypnosis as a recognised branch of psychology.
What is a Hypnotic Trance?
A hypnotic trance is totally natural being a very pleasant and deep state of relaxation coupled with a heightened sense of awareness of the subconscious mind.
Hypnosis is a trance state between being fully awake and fully asleep which you experience every time you go to sleep and wake again. Other are examples of trance states are driving a familiar route then suddenly realising you don’t know where you are or getting to your destination and not remembering the journey. A Similar state can occur when reading a book or watching television.
Can anybody be Hypnotised?
All Hypnosis is self-Hypnosis, the therapist is there to aid and direct you achieve a trance state and to provide useful therapeutic suggestions to enable you to reach your goals. If you don`t want to be hypnotised, then you won’t be. You need to be able to understand what is being said to you, so much speak the same language as the therapist, be mature enough to understand and be reasonably Intelligent.
Will I be made to do or say stupid things?
Most definitely not, Hypnotherapy is often confused with stage Hypnosis, in stage Hypnosis the Hypnotist uses selection methods to determine who is most suggestable and most likely to go along with the theme of the show. The hypnosis relaxes the people on stage and makes them less inhibited, this together with a tendency in them to be more naturally more outgoing, coupled with audience expectations. Empowers then to perform as expected, if there is no way you would normally act like a chicken, take you clothes off or dance like Elvis you won’t except those suggestions under hypnosis and will either ignore them or wake up.
Is there any chance I won’t wake up?
No Hypnosis is not sleep, you are in total control of what happens and you can return to a normal level of consciousness whenever you want. You can also move, open your eyes or talk and still be in a trance state. If something happened to the therapist whilst you were in hypnosis most likely you would wake up if not and if you were very relaxed, you may draft into a light sleep and wake naturally when you were ready to do so.
Does Hypnosis Work Instantly?
This very much depends on the issue being tackled, some problems may only need one session of therapy but are often followed by a personalised recording which you need to say listen to everyday for a week. Other issues, especially complex ones or with multiple contributing causes may need several sessions
Do Self Hypnosis Recording work?
Yes, they often work well for simple goals without complex causes. However, they are generally not a substitute for face to face therapy which is far more personalised to the person and the issue. As the cause of a particular issue may not be clear, or is misinterpreted by the person listening to the recording and therefore it doesn’t address the problem correctly.
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