Hypnosis is a technique and modality that has great success with smoking cessation. For many people smoking is a simple habit. Did you know that according to the Mayo Clinic, within 24 hours of being smoke free, the risk of heart attack is reduced because nicotine and carbon monoxide have been eliminated from the body? In one year, the risk of a heart attack is cut in half.
Why does it work?
You probably already know that simply making a logical decision to stop smoking doesn’t work well for many people. Smoking, like other habitual patterns are often ‘programmed’ in the subconscious mind. Hypnosis directs suggestion to this area of the brain.
Many people have used hypnotherapy to manage pain under the banner of meditation. One reason it can be so helpful is that when in pain, people often feel helpless and out of control. When using hypnosis to relieve pain, a person has an increased sense of control which can give a big emotional boost.
Why does it work?
Pain is a signal from the nervous system to the brain. Using hypnosis, the brain can be taught to modify pain signals for brief and longer periods of time.
The secret of pain relief is total relaxation of every muscle. Hypnosis aids the relaxation of the body also raises the pain threshold.
The mind can be distracted away from pain. For example, a person may cut a finger and continue to work or be very involved in an activity and may not notice the injury for seconds.
Sometimes people have difficulty taking tests. Hypnosis is an effective tool for the anxiety of testing – thereby allowing an individual to recall information in a calm positive manner.
Great athletes focus their minds, shut out distractions, concentrate and achieve a state of alertness that is often called being in the ‘zone.’ The state of alert, relaxed, focused attention allows athletes to achieve top performance. Fortunately, this tool is available for athletes of any age or skill level.