By Susanna Sweeney, MSc, MBACP, CHT
Should you use deep relaxation hypnosis for your daily relaxation routine, or should you use a guided meditation or simply relaxation music instead?
Much of that will boil down to personal preference, but I have compiled this article to give you an impression of similarities and differences between these methods as well as of the particular benefits of hypnosis for relaxation so that you will hopefully find it easier to make your decision of what is right for you.
Relaxation music is usually exactly just that- a recording of relaxing music designed to lift the spirits and calm your mood. There are many different types of relaxation music to choose from. It's a matter of listening into the tracks to see which ones you fancy.
For the purpose of this article I want to highlight two particular types of relaxation music- incidentally those that are not so melodious.
One interesting trend I have seen and personally like a lot are recordings of nature sounds such as rain falling on a roof, or waves rolling into a beach or even dolphins singing. These sounds can form a lovely background sound as you are falling asleep or during yoga practice, meditation or similar.
Then there are specially designed rhythms or beats often said to change your brain waves. These are worth giving a go and seeing for yourself what you notice as you play these tracks- do they change how you feel or think? Some will be more powerful than others.
There is a lot of overlap between hypnosis and guided meditation:
In both cases the voice over offers a structure and guidance.
Guided meditation involves usually visualization and may bring you on an inward journey- in this case an inward journey that aids relaxation.
For some people, hypnosis is associated with negative notions such as mind control or other hypnosis myths which keep people from accessing hypnotherapy. People who don't like the idea of being hypnotized may choose guided meditations over hypnosis and hence guided meditations for relaxation are a lot more popular than hypnosis relaxation audios.
Mind you, the guided meditation recording could have well been produced by a qualified hypnotherapist. But most are not.
This makes guided meditations a sort of 'hypnosis light'. Often, they use only a few tools to relax people and bring them deeper. Relaxation hypnosis in comparison has a lot more tools at its disposal, and can help you reach a deeper state of trance.
Why choose deep relaxation hypnosis?
I hope this brief article on the benefits deep relaxation hypnosis compared to other relaxation methods has been useful for you.
In the comments underneath please let our community know what you have learned.
Here is to your health, relaxation and overall well being.
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