Hypnosis, this practice that can change your life

Well, I must admit to having lied to you slightly, in reality, hypnosis, I did not discover it this week (although I practiced) but there are already several months of that. Ah, what wouldn't we do for a catchy title... But my practice, now regular (and not unique) of the discipline, can only flesh out this column whose aim is to convince you all to go and get hypnotized. Don't thank me, it's free, it's for the good of humanity. What do you want, my altruism will ruin me.

And yet, at the start, hypnosis and I were really not won! A few weeks before testing I did not believe it, but then: not at all. For me, hypnosis was quackery, or methods to make buzz on TV. At best, I thought people were convinced: naive, at worst, I thought they were exaggerating.

But, last summer, when I was slowly beginning to open my mind to spirituality, I met, by chance, a hypnotherapist at a music festival. While I knew nothing about her, she immediately saw my problems of inner violence and knew how to calm in a few seconds a conflict that I had with an acquaintance. Taking it as a sign of fate, I contacted her a few weeks later to do the first session of my life.

Leaving the session exhausted but liberated and more peaceful, so I wanted to start the practice again. After several months and many sessions, I can tell you today that hypnosis has changed (for the good) (very good, even) my life.

But what exactly is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is both the name given to this altered state of consciousness, to the discipline, and to the techniques used to achieve it.

During the practice performed by a therapist, one's attention to the outside world is diminished to allow the unconscious mind to be more attuned. The patient then enters a kind of trance or dream state during which the practitioner can talk to his unconscious and interfere with suggestions, ideas, desires, new habits, etc.

Who practices it?

That's kind of the problem, hence my initial skepticism. Hypnosis can be practiced by anyone. From doctor to self-taught through psychologists, all you have to do is follow a training course, and not all of them are created equal (just like practitioners).

It's all about finding the one that suits you, who you trust and who you find competent. (And don't forget to check that he is qualified.)

What happens during a session ?

First, the therapist establishes a bond of trust with his patient. He questions him about his life and the issues he wants to address. Then, by speaking, the patrician will focus the patient's attention on something specific. Generally: his voice. Forgetting the external noise, stopping to think and concentrating only on this point brings the subject into a state of reverie: this is the beginning of the modified state of consciousness. (Personally, I have the impression of being in semi-sleep. Most of the time, I do not remember anything, only the beginning and the end.) The session lasts between 20 and 60 minutes during which the therapist will make sure, by speaking, always, to modify the perception of the problems dealt with.

 How does it work concretely?

At the same time as the area of our brain responsible for “rest” mode kicks in, neural activity increases in the area involved with concentration and problem solving. Feeling absorbed then brings the patient into an alternate state of consciousness. A bit like when we stare at a point and we can't look away. At that moment, time and space no longer matter, we are in a trance. Hypnosis reproduces this state in the more or less long term. Medical imaging has shown that the area of the brain that controls the critical analytical sense remains active but is dominated by that of imagination and dreams. It's as if we reversed the roles of our two selves. Our unconscious comes to the fore while our conscious becomes a mere spectator.

What's the point ?

For many of us, our conscious keeps us from accessing the incredible inner resources that we all possess. Lost in the unconscious, we do not even think ourselves capable of being able, for example, to heal ourselves by the simple force of thought. Hypnosis allows us to reconnect to these resources in order to derive benefits such as self-management, self-regulation, self-healing. By suggesting to our unconscious to modify the (poor) perception that we have of ourselves, of a situation, of our habits, or even of the harmful consequences of past traumas, the therapist can significantly improve our conditioning.

 What are its benefits ?

They are multiple and depend on what the patient wishes to improve. Reduce pain, manage emotions, sleep, anxiety, stop an addiction, calm a phobia, gain self-confidence, etc... hypnosis can act on almost anything that causes an internal problem. Studies have proven it: it does not present any danger.

So, tempted?

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