Hypnotherapy or hypnosis therapy is not new to the people of Indonesia. Although initially better known in the entertainment world, hypnotherapy can also be used as an effort to overcome health problems.
There are many assumptions about the usefulness of hypnotherapy, but in general in the medical world, this therapeutic method is one alternative therapy option to overcome complaints or certain medical problems. Hypnotherapy can help you to be more relaxed, reduce stress, anxiety, and help reduce pain.
Hypnosis in hypnotherapy is also used to reduce tension or help with relaxation. There are also those that combine with breathing exercises and stretching movements. The ultimate goal is to calm down and change psychological conditions for the better, and reduce stress.
This is in line with the results of research that suggests that hypnotherapy may be able to create relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety levels, reduce pain, while increasing endurance. But to ensure the good effects of hypnotherapy, further research is still needed.
Some other conditions that may benefit from hypnotherapy include:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Lose weight
- Addicted to smoking
- Pregnancy and childbirth (hypnobirthing)
- Phobias or fears
- Sleep disturbance
- Tension headache (tension headache)
- Drug dependence
- Reducing chronic pain
How Hypnosis Works
Through hypnosis, a person’s thoughts or memories can be explored. These are unpleasant things that the conscious mind might hide. What needs to be understood, hypnosis will look for the initial source of a person’s response to something. When something happens to someone, the memory or emotion that arises during the event will be remembered by the body and stored in memory. The response to this will be based on initial memory.
Not all reactions caused by these memories are healthy. Therefore, the initial event that you experience will be reviewed by a hypnotherapist. Furthermore, responses that are considered not good will be replaced by something new and healthier.
Not all medical conditions can be overcome or helped with hypnotherapy, so you should first consult the benefits and risks of hypnotherapy with a psychiatrist or psychologist before undergoing hypnotherapy.
Through Several Stages
Basically, hypnotherapy seeks to increase awareness through relaxation and deep concentration. When that happens, a person becomes so focused that he doesn’t pay attention to the things around him.
Generally hypnotherapy goes through several stages. First, it starts by discussing the problem with the hypnotherapist. Then, the hypnotherapist will help you to be more relaxed and focused on the words or pictures that are related to the initial problem.
The next stage opens up important thoughts related to the problem. Then the hypnotherapist will give the suggestion and you will be asked to take the suggestion. Furthermore, you will be returned to the conscious world with the guidance of a hypnotherapist. The last step is to reflect on that experience.
Consider the Risk of Hypnotherapy
Before doing hypnotherapy, you should consult with your doctor first. It aims to find out what conditions require hypnotherapy assistance. In some conditions, such as phobias or anxiety, you should first be examined by a psychiatrist to get an accurate diagnosis.
Hypnotherapists will likely restore memories that are believed to be related to a disorder in a patient. But the risk behind that is the brain has false memories that are accidentally implanted when suggestions are given to patients. Other risks of hypnotherapy are dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, and anxiety.
Some conditions that make it more risky when doing hypnotherapy, including sufferers of certain mental disorders such as psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Also includes people who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Always talk with your doctor before deciding to do hypnotherapy. Ask your doctor about the benefits or risks of the therapy.
Do not let you actually experience a heavy risk of hypnotherapy because you choose the wrong hypnotherapist. In addition, to remember, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy has not been fully proven. Choose a hypnotherapist who is trained, experienced, and certified, to help deal with the problems you face.