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Hypnotherapy is an especially effective method to relieve stress because the results are almost immediate. After a single session with a hypnotherapist, a client will usually report significantly reduced stress levels. Still, like other therapeutic models, hypnotherapy is seldom fully effective and permanent in a single session. However, through a series of sessions, a client can not only find significant relief from the immediate stressors of the day, they can also reprogram their responses to stressful situations to greatly reduce the instances where stress becomes a factor in their life.
A skilled hypnotherapist can create a hypnosis CD that utilizes the same powerful methods as an in-person session. This enables the client to experience their sessions from the comfort of their own home, at a cost greatly lower than private office visits. Since a CD is a one-time purchase, customers can now enjoy the benefits of hypnosis at a significant saving.
A self-hypnosis CD consists of three distinct stages. The hypnotherapist uses the first portion of the session for a guided relaxation. During this relaxing process, the listener is guided into a comfortable, peaceful state where the conscious mind is relaxed allowing the therapist to communicate more directly with the subconscious.
The middle segment of the session includes positive direct suggestions to create the desired change, in this case, a reduction in stress levels. This often consists of guided imagery where the listener is transported to an idyllic location, such as a seashore or meadow, and relaxing suggestions are given while the listener is guided to access the states of happiness and peace. A skilled hypnotherapist also includes suggestions to strengthen the resourceful and creative aspects of the mind as well as the listener’s self confidence.
To conclude the session, the hypnotherapist restores the listener to active waking consciousness, helping them feel renewed and refreshed. Many describe the self-hypnosis experience as a “mini-vacation.” Although the length of these sessions can vary, they generally last between 25 and 35 minutes. Clients comment that they feel markedly calmer and happier with a much more positive outlook after listening to a hypnosis Cd. With daily use over a month or two, the therapeutic benefit can be very long lasting and even permanent.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, it’s one of several relaxation methods for treating chronic pain that has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health.” Listed among recognized applications by the Mayo Clinic is reduction of stress and anxiety.
The choices for these at-home therapy sessions are quite varied and consumers should proceed carefully in selecting a self-hypnosis stress relief CD. Respected licensing organizations like the National Guild of Hypnotists, and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists help identify hypnotherapists who meet stringent educational and ethical standards. Consumers are encouraged to look for these accreditations when choosing a self-hypnosis program.
Whether they choose telephone help-lines, private sessions or self-hypnosis CDs, people are encouraged to be aware of the effects of excess tension and to seek help in if the world today has them experiencing an increase in stress.