• Poppy St Jonn-Mosse

Hypnotherapy for Relaxation

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Since starting my Natal Hypnotherapy I have been deliberately carving out 35 minutes 3 times a week to listen to it. This, in turn, has meant I am getting to spend 35 minutes 3 times a week in a state of pure relaxation. Which I have to say is utter bliss, when my day to day is either looking after (chasing after) my almost 3-year-old, or engaging emotionally with my clients and spending time thinking and working on treatment plans for them. And it reminded me of how wonderful Hypnotherapy can be for simply teaching your mind and your body how to relax. This was something that really delighted me when I first began learning about hypnotherapy and it has been a nice reminder of that.

I have found with the majority of people I have treated that through hypnotherapy, they have experienced a level of relaxation that is totally new to them, and this alone has been a really valuable experience.

"Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax" Mark Black

I have been looking into some studies that have been done on this and thought id share the science with you. This first piece of research published in the Western Journal of Medicine, by Andrew Vickers,1 Catherine Zollman, Clinical lecturer in general practice,2 and David K Payne, Clinical assistant psychologist3 suggested that there can be real benefits to inducing the hypnotic state for relaxation and stress relief, as well as ailments with common psychosomatic elements to them such as asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.

Here is the evidence they found and below is a link to the full article

Research evidence:

Evidence from randomized controlled trials indicates that hypnosis, relaxation, and meditation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations, such as receiving chemotherapy... They are also effective for insomnia, particularly when the techniques are integrated into a package of cognitive therapy (including, for example, sleep hygiene). A systematic review showed that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive-behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety.

Findings from randomized controlled trials support the use of various relaxation techniques for treating both acute and chronic pain, although 2 recent systematic reviews suggest that methodologic flaws may compromise the reliability of these findings. Randomized trials have shown hypnosis is valuable for patients with asthma and irritable bowel syndrome, yoga is helpful for patients with asthma, and tai chi helps to reduce falls and fear of falling in elderly people.....(see full article here )

Here is some more interesting evidence published by The Uk College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. I have highlighted key points in the part of the article I have used below and here is the link to the full article if you want to read on.

In a research study involving over 100 patients suffering from stress-related conditions, it was found that 75% felt their symptoms were improving after 12 weeks of self-hypnosis practise, within one year 72% of the group reported complete remission of their symptoms as a result of the self-hypnosis. (Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1980, “Hypnosis: Clinical application of hypnosis in medicine’, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 23: 447-55)

Over a six-year period, 173 successive patients suffering from asthma were treated using self-hypnosis, 82% were either much improved or experienced total remission of symptoms. (Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1970, ‘Hypnosis and autohypnosis for the treatment of asthma’, International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis. 18: 1 -14)

A study of 20 individuals compared the use of self-hypnosis and relaxation therapy in managing anxiety over 28 days. Both groups were shown to have achieved significant reduction in psychological and physical symptoms of anxiety. However, the self-hypnosis group exhibited greater confidence in the positive effects of the treatment, higher expectation of success, and greater degrees of cognitive and physical improvement. (Lucy O’Neill, Amanda Barnier, & Kevin McConkey, ‘Treating Anxiety with self-hypnosis and relaxation’, Contemporary Hypnosis, 1999, vol. 16 (2): 68)

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