Relaxation Through Hypnosis
Relaxation Through Hypnosis
Some people say they cannot relax and calm down. Usually, their emotions are in the way. Maybe, their mind is racing. Or they cannot stop thinking about some pressing issue.
Relaxation is about self-control. And gaining control means directing your thoughts, behavior, and feelings in the most beneficial way. Hypnosis is a state that allows you to do both things at the same time. In short, it is the perfect synthesis between physical relaxation and mental quiet.
Why should I relax?
Being able to quiet down internally achieves two things:
- You stop reacting and overreacting to whatever problem you are experiencing
- Your mind opens up and becomes more receptive to learn new things and receive positive suggestions
Most people enjoy a relaxed state of mind by several means. For example, watching TV, going for a walk, taking a hot bath, or doing simple chores. In these cases, the relaxation comes from an enjoyable activity and spread through the body to your mind. Nonetheless, these solutions are temporary and may not solve your main problem.
With hypnosis or self-hypnosis, you take the other route. You calm your mind first and let the body adjust as you drift peacefully into deeper relaxed states. In this way, you zone out and let the hypnotist suggest new strategies to deal with your problems. Or you reinforce positive suggestions with self-hypnotic techniques.
Relaxation helps you overcome stresses and tensions in your life. Therefore, it is the ideal solution to tackle:
- muscle tension
- morning fatigue and tiredness
- sleep problems
- teeth grinding
- almost all kind of pains
- racing heart
- feelings of tightness in your stomach
- lack of concentration
Mental relaxation is a different mental state than the ordinary waking state. But you are still aware of your surroundings. Emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually speaking, you are in a different place.
When you learn how to relax effectively, you can do it during your day or the work breaks. Anytime you want, in all circumstances and all situations.
As a result, you feel better and make better decisions. So, having more tools at your disposal to achieve relaxation is very important.
Hypnosis for relaxation
Hypnotism has several techniques to induct you into a self-hypnotic state and relax. With each session, the hypnotist guides you to help you regain self-control and overcome your worries. At the same time, he or she can also help you in other areas of your lives that could benefit from self-care strategies and self-confidence.
During hypnosis, the hypnotist’s words help you direct your attention to release tension in your body. At the appropriate time, the use of hypnotic techniques allows you to calm your mind and provide positive suggestions.
In case of limiting beliefs or persistent issues, the hypnotist may inculcate positive thinking through various techniques such as:
- countdown breathing
- guided imagery
- self-help techniques
Remote online hypnotic sessions are confidential and allow for maximum flexibility. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the best, safest way to experiment with hypnosis in the comfort of your home. But you can also book tailor-made sessions in your office or before your big event.
The benefits of hypnosis can help you stop smoking, overeating, or drinking alcohol. Basically, all the less effective ways you might use to release you from the grip of stress.
As the name implies, self-hypnosis is achieved without a hypnotist. Usually, the client uses this technique between regular hypnotic sessions. Mainly, to reinforce the positive suggestions which are the focus of the overall program.
A hypnotist may create a specific self-hypnotic routine to help a client reinforce a particular message. But whatever the purpose may be, relaxation always represents the first step to self-hypnosis.
Self-relaxation is a boon to the beginner and experienced alike. Plus, training yourself on how to relax faster and better every time you do it has its own rewards. Your emotional state improves. Often, you relate to people in a more positive way as well. Especially if you commit to following the program regularly.
12 steps to a self-hypnotic state
Here are 12 steps to achieve relaxation through self-hypnosis. Only follows these instructions when you are safe and no one can distract you.
- First, adjust your position and make yourself comfortable. If you need to, go to the bathroom or drink a glass of water.
- Pick any object or spot in front of you. Possibly, at a 45-degree angle below your eye level.
- Focus on the desired target. If your mind starts to wander, gently release any thought and refocus on the target.
- Let your eyelids close by relaxing your gaze. At any time, take deep breaths through your nose and let yourself be fully concentrated on the spot.
- As soon as you notice no thoughts bothering you, close your eyes. Then, in your mind, describe your breathing. As you inhale or exhaling, repeat in your mind “I am inhaling” or “I am exhaling.”
- You should begin sensing a relaxing sensation as your mind slows down. Anyway, in your mind’s eye, visualize a beach as you go barefoot down the beach face.
- Draw the number 10 on the wet sand. Then, let the waves come and wash it away.
- As you draw the number 9, begin telling yourself that with each number you are going to relax even further.
- Fully enjoy the visualization by involving all of your senses. There is no need to rush. So, take your time and enjoy the sand escaping under your feet.
- When you reach zero, just enjoy the calm, relaxed state. You can walk on the beach, or just let your mind rest.
- Slowly, start counting up to 10. This time, repeat to yourself that you are feeling alerted and refreshed with each number.
- Finally, at 10, open your eyes, stretch, and resume your daily activity.
Progressive muscle relaxation
This relaxation technique aims to relax your body through controlled cycles of muscular tension and release. Because we cannot just tell our muscles to relax, we “fool” our body to loosen our muscles.
For example, you might imagine holding a lemon in each hand. If you were to squeeze all the juice out of them, you would tighten up your first. Tense them up until you cannot hold them tight anymore. Then, relax your hands. You will notice the muscles in your hands will loosen. Usually, you tighten up a specific muscle for five or six seconds before releasing it.
For some people, this technique may require time to master.
Different types of meditation can help you achieve relaxation. For example, the Mindfulness of Breathing is a form of meditation that focuses your attention on the sensation of breathing. That is, the feeling of air going in your nose and out of your mouth.
In Loving-Kindness Meditation, you use your imagination to send love to yourself. Along with a positive affirmation, relaxation is achieved by replicating the warm feeling of compassion and appreciation.
Each style of meditation has its learning curve. But with time, many benefits can emerge.
Other relaxation techniques
Treating yourself to a spa for a massage can help you find a new balance. For ages, people relied on several massage techniques to let go of stiffness and tension.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of martial arts. Even today, it can help you optimize your health and quality of life. Mainly, Tai Chi is about controlled, slow movements and diverse routines for improving agility.
Yoga is a word that causes confusion. For most people, yoga is a set of stretching exercises you do in a gym. In reality, it is a form of meditation and a lifestyle with a long tradition and many schools of thought.
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As a consulting hypnotist, Luis’ role is help you resolve ordinary, everyday problems using hypnosis. He is not a medically trained doctor or a licensed mental health practitioner that can diagnose, prescribe, treat, cure, or heal any physical, mental, or emotional illness. The hypnosis services rendered are not to be considered in any way, a form of health care, psychotherapy, or counseling.