Hypnosis for Anxiety
Anxiety does not define who you are, because anxiety is a mental state — a mental state that you have the ability to control through hypnotherapy. Therapeutic hypnosis gives you the ability to take control of your life by taking control of your thoughts and behaviors so that everyday stressful triggers no longer call for negative reactions, so that you can feel confident in both your professional and personal life.
Hypnosis can release any mental blocks, fears or limiting beliefs you may have that are keeping you from athletic excellence. Hypnosis also builds your personal self-confidence in yourself and your abilities, assisting you to focus on a successful outcome, instead of fearing a poor performance.
Hypnosis helps you mentally focus on the performance itself, eliminating outside distractions and self-sabotaging thoughts so you are calm and capable of channeling all your energies into your physical activity. Mental imagery is also incorporated into hypnosis for athletic performance. The fact of the matter is your unconscious and subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between a real or imagined experience.
The current review indicates that hypnotic interventions for chronic pain results in significant reductions in perceived pain that, in some cases, may be maintained for several months. Further, in a few studies, hypnotic treatment was found to be more effective, on average, than some other treatments, such as physical therapy or education, for some types of chronic pain.
The book Getting Well Again (Bantam Books; 1978) details what may have been the first end-stage cancer treatment research that included hypnotherapy. A literature review of studies conducted on the use of hypnotic techniques on pain management found that 75% of the participants in the studies reported less pain compared with the control groups.3 Another study in that literature review also reported that participants experienced less anxiety, less pain, less blood loss, and less postoperative nausea and vomiting.