Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy Center | South Africa

Hypnotherapy is well known for treatment in habit breaking, smoking, phobias, stress related issues and pain relief using regression therapy. It is also extremely valuable in working with sports enhancement, weight loss, motivation, self-esteem, anxiety and panic attacks, insomnia, increased confidence...

12 Ways That Hypnosis Can Help Change Your Life For the Better

This centuries-old technique of healing can successfully treat numerous nagging issues that are beyond our awareness and control. Could hypnotherapy be the solution for what ails you?

Your conscious mind commands and your subconscious mind obeys according to the rules that are loaded. The conscious mind encompasses your thoughts, habits and emotions. The subconscious mind will use the rules that are loaded connected to your expectations, desires and beliefs are beyond our awareness and control.

It’s a simple and safe intervention – Coined by English physician James Braid, who studied the practice during the 19 th century, hypnosis gets its name from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep.

The practice uses guided relaxation and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness, sometimes referred to as a trance.

When a person is in a hypnotic state, they are more open to discussion and are better able to respond to suggestions, this makes it possible to help them with certain conditions such as smoking, insomnia, overeating, or even the perception of pain. The critical faculty of the brain is turned off, explains Barker, and the subconscious mind is listening – that’s where their habits lie. “I tell them what’s going to happen and then it happens, but first I set up the mind to let it happen.”

Hypnosis is not regulated in South Africa, so the best way to find good hypnotherapist is to look contact them and do the free assessment meeting – see if there is a connection, also see if the intent is focus on healing and ask many questions.

While treatment varies based on each individual’s condition, many conditions require just one session. A typical therapy session lasts about 90 minutes and can cost anywhere from R450.00 to R2100.00.

If you have a bad back, you go to the chiropractor, if your teeth hurt, you go to the dentist, but where do you go if you want to increase the thought capacity of your mind?

Stop Smoking

If you want to find the best way to quit smoking, you’ll navigate a long-list of over-the-counter and prescription nicotine-replacement medications as well as non-nicotine prescriptions to find the right fit. Quitting is vital, of course: Cigarettes are responsible for many deaths. Herbal remedies, behavioral therapy, and acupuncture are other methods people choose to quit smoking.

Hypnosis has been the answer to kicking his two-pack-a-day habit for many.

When you go to a doctor, they give you a pill, but they can’t give you anti-habit pills. To change his thought process and take away the emotional connection to help change his habit into a positive one.

No More Overeating

Making healthier food choices and exercising are key components for weight loss, but in some cases, successful weight loss also requires getting rid of the emotional and unconscious factors that prevent us from losing weight. The use of hypnosis for weight loss requires a different approach than when used for other conditions – it usually takes several sessions rather than just one to determine the individual’s personal triggers.

Before hypnosis is performed, I need to find out if they are all-day snackers or those who reach in the fridge between meals. Everyone is different, everyone has their own vice, and it takes a while to get that out.

HHC sessions start with embedded commands that help his clients control their eating habits. “After five or six bites, you close your eyes and tell yourself ‘that’s enough’ or every time you eat a plate of food you close your eyes and say ‘eat just half of what’s there.’”

Sleep Better

Not getting enough sleep can impair decision-making and memory, and it can lead to chronic health problems such as heart disease, obesity, and depression. While there are a variety of remedies for insomnia including medication, meditation, and cognitive behavioral therapy, getting enough sleep is not something you can talk yourself into doing.

Sleep is primarily managed by the subconscious. Trying to use conscious thoughts to fix this type of problem is like attempting to make a corporate change by going to the receptionist – you need access to the CEO.

Worrying about sleep is also one of the main reasons that you can’t fall asleep. Fear of insomnia is what causes insomnia. When you remove the anxiety and fear of not getting a good night’s sleep, you will get a good night’s sleep. To treat his patients, HHC first asks them to visualize a scene when they slept through the night, and then he uses hypnosis to put them there. – We have the person imagine the great night of sleep that they had in the past and then I have them remove the label of ‘I have insomnia,’ and replace it with ‘I sleep at least eight hours a night.’”

Cure Dental Phobia

The high-pitched whir of the drill, the pinch of the needle, or simply embarrassment of having someone look inside your mouth are just a few of the reasons that people avoid going to the dentist. While the industry is striving to use new dental technology to make a trip to the dentist’s office less stressful, dental anxiety affects about 10 to 20 percent of the world’s population.

Fear has kept many of my clients out of the dentist chair for years.

The fear can come from a negative experience at the dentist or hearing about someone who has had a negative experience. Whatever the case, it can be debilitating and once its programmed, the mind can run in default mode.

To help clients get over the anxiety of going to the dentist she uses neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), which helps the brain “rewire” certain thought processes and get past loops of automatic thinking. “When they start to feel anxiety about going to the dentist, they can use NLP to interrupt the anxiety and re-wire the phobia on their own.”

Ease Chronic Pain

Pain is a signal that is helpful to us, but in the case of chronic pain, the nervous system may still be relaying the pain signal even after the body has healed. There are several ways your mind can make pain worse. “We can use hypnosis to turn it down.” HHC recalls a patient with chronic back pain who couldn’t sit still in the chair. “He described the pain as being a grizzly bear gnawing on his spine.” When she asked him what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to “put it into hibernation.”

HHC worked with the client to help him imagine the bear crawling into a cave on a cold day, curling up and going to sleep. While hypnosis is not magic, it can feel like it sometimes.

Manage Bereavement

Whether it’s dealing with a national tragedy or the loss of a loved one, the feeling of loss or bereavement can be debilitating, causing anxiety, insomnia, and depression. Letting yourself feel the loss through crying helps your body and mind, hypnotherapy offer help for those coping with loss – including talking about the death of your loved one, taking care of your health, reaching out to others who are dealing with the loss, accepting your feelings, and celebrating the life of the one you lost.

Coping mechanisms for dealing with loss are personal. Hypnotherapy can help by providing positive suggestions to help cope with the symptoms of grieving and help with finding ways of dealing with loss as time passes. HHC helps people cope with loss by having them put a “timer” on their bereavement. “Normally, they let me know when they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of bereavement.”

Relieve Anxiety

There are things only someone living with anxiety can understand, like how debilitating and desperate the condition can be. Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders, affecting many people. While anxiety is usually treated through medication or therapy or a combination of both, many people also turn to hypnosis.

A hypnotist works to identify the root of stress or anxiety, whether it is situational, physical, or based on an issue from the past.

The subconscious mind is what makes you feel anxious and drives bad habits. When someone comes to see us about nail-biting, nail-biting isn’t usually the problem, it’s anxiety. When a man came to see HHC about a speech impediment, he treated him for anxiety. His problem was not speech related, his problem was in his mind. During the session, HHC had the man regress back in time to when he was six years old. He had climbed onto the roof of his house and his father yelled at him for being on the roof.

While the some research does not support the claim that stuttering is caused by an emotional event HHC believes it was this incident – the anxiety of being yelled at by his father combined with the fear of being on the roof – that contributed to his speech impediment.

During the session, I kept the memory the same, but changed the reaction of his father from being angry to one where he held his arms open and loved him rather than yell at him. When he came out of hypnosis, his stammer was gone.

Stop Tinnitus

Ringing, buzzing, hissing, whooshing, or whistling sounds that nobody but you can hear are signs of tinnitus, a condition that is experienced by many people. While tinnitus can be temporary or ongoing, there is no cure for most types of the condition. Treatment options include hearing aids, behavioral therapy, sound therapy, and TMJ treatment.

Hypnosis is also an option to stop tinnitus. The mind causes tinnitus. It happens because the person is expecting it to happen and once you remove the thought of expecting it, the sound disappears.

Make Chemotherapy more Tolerable

One of the earliest documented uses of hypnosis with a cancer patient occurred in 1829, when M. le Docteur Chapelain used hypnosis to relieve the suffering of a patient with breast cancer. The doctor used hypnosis as an anesthetic during a mastectomy and during the operation, the patient was said to be “calm and evidenced good pain control.” While today anesthesia is the preferred means for surgery.

Hypnosis still plays a role in the treatment of cancer and is often used to reduce stress and anxiety as well as minimize the side effects of chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting.

Primarily we help them deal with the symptoms and help them change how they are processing pain, who often works with cancer patients. HHC cannot give them false hope, but we can put them in a comfortable state and help them with healing. HHC says that often cancer patients are shuffled from doctor to doctor, making them feel as if they are just a number.

HHC make custom recordings for our clients to listen to during their chemotherapy treatment–it’s a personal experience with a hypnotherapist that can go a long way.

Improve athletic performance

Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Mike Tyson are just a few well-known professional athletes that have turned to hypnosis to help with their athletic performance. Athletes have long used hypnosis to eliminate negative thoughts, de-stress and relax the mind and body, and help with focus and concentration so they can “be in the zone.”

This mental training can increase confidence, consistency, and ability, and it applies to all levels of athletes, including those recovering from injury and those just learning a sport. Most athletes go to a hypnotist to improve their performance, but actually they are going to improve their mind.

Hypnotherapy can change your thought process and turn your bad habits into positive ones.

HHC uses golf as an example.  – It takes a lot of mental endurance to be a successful golfer.

You have to alter your perception and reality and you have to mentally play the game as well as physically – the critical mind is closed, but the subconscious mind is in a heightened state.

Quicker Recovery from Surgery

HHC uses hypnosis to help people post-surgery to shorten their recovery time and in some cases, wean themselves off pain killers prescribed by their doctor. HHC had one person come to us post-surgery and tell me she didn’t want to live because she had been cut off from her opioid prescription. HHC used hypnosis to interpret the pain signal in her brain. Thoughts and emotions travel in pathways, and that’s how habits are made.

At first it is just a pathway through the woods but over time that pathway eventually becomes a trench that you can not get out of.

Through hypnosis, HHC teaches the brain and nervous system to take a different pathway. After three sessions, my patient said to me that she wanted to live.

Ease IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects many people. While the exact cause of IBS is not known, the impact from the disease can range from mild to debilitating. Stress, although not the cause of IBS, can worsen the symptoms of IBS.

While treatments range from probiotics to following a diet that minimizes trigger foods – known as a low-FODMOP diet – to antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis has also been shown in studies to be an effective treatment for IBS.

Hypnotherapy uses relaxation techniques followed by hypnotic suggestions to help patients learn to control their symptoms. The results of the studies showed that patients experienced improvement in their quality of life and in the common symptoms of abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.

If you have any questions about our Hypnosis Sessions please e-mail us here: info@hypnotherapycenter.co.za.

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How to Sleep Better

Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.

This helps set your body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of your sleep. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn.

If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without an alarm.

We all have trouble sleeping from time to time, but when insomnia persists day after day, it can become a real problem. Beyond making us tired and moody, a lack of sleep can have serious effects on our health, increasing our propensity for obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes

Sleep More and Improve Your Life

  • Sleeping makes you learn better.
  • Sleeping helps you lose those extra pounds.
  • Less than 5 hours of sleep decreases testosterone.
  • Too little sleep makes you sick.
  • Not enough sleep makes you emotionally unstable.
  • No sleep makes you less alert.
  • Not sleeping will degrade your performance.
  • No sleep makes you stupid.

Here are top tips that help you get to sleep faster and sleep more. These points also answer the question of how to wake up earlier?

If, after implementing the tips, you still lack sleep, then you might what to consult a medical professional.

Don’t live in your bedroom. Your bedroom is for sleeping.

Sleep is so important you should only do sleeping related activities in your bedroom (with one exception). “No gadgets” should be one of the most important rules. Maybe a little bit of reading is allowed. If you live and sleep in the same room, make sure that the bed is only for sleeping.

1. Switch off
Digital screens can make your brain think it’s still daytime, and it should stay alert. Take some time to get away from your gadgets and stop watching TV. Turn everything off an hour or at least 30 minutes before your bedtime. Put away all the items that emit light in your bedroom or cover them if you can’t turn them off.

2. Dim the lights
Turn off the more intense light sources in your home 2 or 3 hours before you want to go to sleep. When you read before you go to sleep, then use a low-intensity yellow light.

3. Silence is golden
It depends on where you live, but try to get the ambient sound level in your bedroom as low as possible. Consider the noise levels when you are buying or renting a home. With too much noise where you can’t avoid it, use the earplugs.

4. Be cool
Find the right temperature for your bedroom. Experiment with the room temperature. Lower temperatures are usually better for bedrooms and sleeping. Try 64 to 70F (18 to 20C) range. Sometimes, air conditioning may be noisy, and you have to choose between a cooler or quieter room.

5. Darkness
Melatonin helps you sleep. It’s produced in the darkness. Make your bedroom dark. If your neighborhood has a lot of street lights or other light pollution, get special sleeping blinders (for your eyes or windows or both). Turn off all the glowing and illuminated items in your bedroom.

As a medicine, melatonin is used to treat insomnia; One review found onset of sleep occurred 6 minutes faster with use but found no change in total time asleep. Insomnia: Pharmacologic Therapy

6. Sleep and sex only
Make your bedroom a sleep and sex room. Avoid doing everything else in your bedroom.

Anything means:

  • No watching TV in the bedroom
  • Remove the TV from the bedroom
  • No phones and computers in bed
  • The bedroom is for sleep and sex.

For example, if you can’t sleep for some time, get up and read in another room. Then come back.

The bedroom is for sleeping!

7. No dogs, cats, alligators
People sleep in people’s beds. Pets sleep in their own beds. When pets sleep in your bed and move around at night, then this may cut your sleep short. Of course, this is also true about human companions, but you would probably like to keep the current arrangement.

8. Don’t look at the time
Do not have a visible clock on your nightstand. Often, it emits light. When you look at your phone, then you’ll be almost blinded. Just don’t do it. It’s better to leave the phone in the other room, anyway.

Do you know Pavlov’s dogs? When he rang a bell, they started salivating. Condition yourself in a way that when you go to the bedroom, the routine kicks in, and you get to sleep. It takes time to establish a routine, but it’s well worth it.

9. Build a regular sleeping schedule
This is the most important piece of sleep advice!

Train your body to follow the daily rhythm and go to bed every day at the same time. Set your alarm at the same time every day. When you are training your brain with the new schedule, then wake up at the same time, even on weekends. You can allow some variety after you have built a solid sleeping habit.

If you only do one thing to improve your sleep, do this!

Work and life problems that you focus on may create mental noise that you can’t shut down easily. It may take special steps to quiet the voice in your head. Writing down what you have to do the next day may help to get some closure for the day. Meditate, yoga, take a warm bath, and listen to relaxing music. Start your winding down 2 or 3 hours before bedtime, but even 10 or 20 minutes of relaxing will help.

No Stimulants

Don’t use substances that make you alert and energetic. Depending on how easy it’s for you to go to sleep, consider avoiding anything that prevents you from sleeping for at least several hours before bedtime.

11. No caffeine
No caffeine 6 hours before bedtime – You can have your coffee in the morning. Have as much as you want, but stop 6 to 10 hours before your bedtime. If you want to go to sleep at 11PM, then you should have your last cup of coffee no later than 4PM. And even that seems a bit too late. 3PMish, maybe.

12. No alcohol
Don’t drink alcohol before bed – alcohol acts as a stimulant. When you drink, before going to bed, you will have a lower quality of sleep. You may also wake up at night more often than usual. As you are trying to fix your sleeping habit, you should not drink at all. At least cut it to a minimum.

Or you may start drinking in the morning so the alcohol has time to leave your body before you go to sleep. (This is a joke.)

13. No smoking
No smoking before bed – nicotine like alcohol and caffeine is a stimulant. You don’t have to quit smoking but leave an hour or two between your last cigarette and sleep time. Quitting smoking is one of the best willpower exercises, and it comes with a ton of other benefits. So, if you can quit smoking.

Though sleep is called our best friend, it is a friend who often keeps us waiting! ~ Jules Verne

No Eating and Drinking

14. Don’t eat just before bedtime
Try to finish all your eating and snacking at least an hour before you go to bed. Avoid foods that take a long time to digest. For example, you can have an apple an hour before bedtime.

15. Don’t drink a lot before bed
Avoid large quantities of any drinks before you go to sleep. Half a glass of water is OK, but if you drink more, you might wake up for the bathroom. After that, it may be hard to get back to sleep.

Other tricks that may help

There are many things that may help you get to sleep faster. Experiment with different options and keep the ones that help you sleep more. For example, I drink a large cup of peppermint tea with honey 30 to 60 minutes before I go to bed.

16. No naps
Try not to sleep during the daytime. Yes, there are power naps that can energize you if you feel tired, but you will do it at the expense of your night’s sleep. When you are exhausted, go for a walk, drink ice water, or call a friend. You can walk while talking to a friend on the phone and sipping ice water from the bottle.

Important!!! When you drive a car, and feel tired, take a nap! It is extremely dangerous to drive if you feel sleepy.

17. Exercise
Working out will help you sleep better. I already mentioned walking. Walking is all you need, but if you do something more active, then aim to complete your workout session at least one hour before bedtime.


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