By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
This article is designed to introduce you to relaxation hypnosis, its benefits, how it works and why it may be help you to change your life.
If you lead a very busy life, you will likely experience times when you feel under a lot of pressure. Practicing relaxation regularly is one skill that will help you build resilience against the pressures of work and life.
Why is regular relaxation important? Good question. If those pressure in work and life become chronic, your body and mind start being exposed to the symptoms of chronic stress. You are then in danger of burn out.
Very likely when you are in this state, you will feel like you want to keep going, thinking that if only you could solve this one problem, this next problem, things would start falling into place for you. But the opposite is true. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, relaxation is what you need. Not only will regular relaxation help you to regulate your physiology, it will also help you improve your performance by improving your concentration and focus.
You will find that the time spent practicing relaxation self hypnosis during the day will be easily made up because you will work much more efficiently after your daily relaxation session.
Relaxation and hypnosis go hand in hand. Going into hypnosis or self hypnosis trance involves relaxation. For this very reason, hypnotherapists are the ideal professionals to teach you how to relax.
In my article on deep relaxation hypnosis find out what separates relaxation hypnosis from relaxation music and from guided meditation for relaxation.
Hypnotists use different types of induction, some of which are very quick and take barely a matter of seconds to bring you into a trance state. For the purposes of relaxation hypnosis however, I would use a slow protocol that starts with a progressive relaxation of your body.
During the progressive relaxation your hypnotherapist will talk you through a process of relaxing your body step by step, one section at a time. Guided meditations will often work similarly, but rarely get you to relax as deeply as relaxation hypnosis would. This is because in relaxation hypnosis, the hypnotist has many other tools at his or her disposal.
For example, once your body is relax, I personally would then talk you through a protocol to help your mind relax. This is important because the conscious mind tends to be overactive and unless specifically targeted your relaxation session could be overshadowed by excessive thinking. Many guided meditations will miss out on this part.
After relaxing your mind, relaxation hypnosis can bring you several steps deeper, using various protocols. You can be led down stairwells, escalators, elevators- you can float in the ocean and be encouraged to relax in many more creative ways. At this stage, body and mind relax simultaneously, bringing you deeper and deeper. In the end you can get to a place so deep that you really have very few cares in the world.
Not only does relaxation hypnosis help your physiology to relax, it will also bring about a profound effect of well being. This is because your mind receives lots of positive nurturing during hypnosis- and nurturing our minds is something we usually forget about.
If relaxation is your goal, you will likely be able to achieve a lot with relaxation self hypnosis working on your own at home. I have put together some free self hypnosis relaxation techniques, but for ease of use many people prefer to use a pre-recorded hypnosis relaxation audio.
While relaxation hypnosis has these tools at its disposal it is important to say that not everybody will go that deep in their first session.
If you have been very stressed, are prone to anxiety, or your body is new to relaxation, going deep during relaxation hypnosis is a skill you may have to practice a few times before your physiology accepts relaxation. Be patient with yourself and take it one step at a time.
If, after practicing at home, you still find you have difficulties relaxing like my client Jeffrey did who attended me for hypnotherapy for stress, do consider attending an experienced hypnotherapist who will be able to teach you to reprogram your physiology for relaxation. In my article on life regression hypnosis, find some tips on how to find the right practitioner for your needs.
I hope you have found my article on relaxation hypnosis helpful.
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I have linked to other articles on hypnosis above, please do follow up and find out more. Hypnotherapy is an exciting personal development tool and can help you change your life.
Here is to your health, relaxation and well being.
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