‘All hypnosis is self hypnosis’ is a quote often seen.
Regular practice of self hypnosis will not only enable you to relax more deeply, it will also tap in to your unconscious potential. Most clients that have learned this useful technique use it either as a way of enhancing what has taken place in the consulting room, or if they have not previously experienced hypnotherapy, simply as a stand-alone means of self-empowerment.
I will often include self-hypnosis instruction during hypnotherapy sessions and I’ll supply an easy-to-follow self-hypnosis ‘script’ for you to use at home.
When you’ve received your script, it’s best to record it so that you can play the session back to yourself when you have set aside time and space for some deep relaxation. Experiment with your voice so that you feel comfortable listening to yourself (we all find this a little strange at first!). Some people respond perfectly well to their own voice in the first person, others will prefer to ‘instruct’ themselves in the third person; using ‘you’ instead of ‘I’. Once again, feel free to experiment with what feels right for you.
When you have familiarised yourself with the script, you can adapt it to include specific suggestions to help with any situation. There is a space for you to insert your own suggestions for any issue you wish to resolve. For example, if you want to become less anxious; try using words like ‘…I am feeling more relaxed, and I can reduce the anxiety that I feel in my life’
Self-hypnosis is particularly beneficial for stress management, childbirth, anxiety and panic, and IBS.
It can be used to practice affirmations where habit control is an issue, to boost confidence and self-esteem, and to rehearse sports performance. There are no contraindications for self-hypnosis and certainly, experience shows that even quite young children can achieve successful states of relaxation. This is a wonderful skill to learn, and provides life-long benefits to mind and body.