Hypnotherapy is a recognized form of relaxation therapy. It can reduce ‘stress chemicals’ and bring the body back to balance. Regular sessions ease built up pressure and tension, helping you to learn how to look after yourself better.

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The hypnotic trance is the induction of a deeply relaxed state. The mind is guided away from the troubles of everyday life and into a place of tranquillity and peace. During this process, the hypnotherapist may offer therapeutic suggestions to encourage changes in attitude and behaviour, or relief from stress-related symptoms. This relaxation therapy is comfortable, safe and considered to be a highly liberating experience. It’s beneficial for both the mind and body.

The key benefits thought to arise from this type of deep relaxation are:

  • helping to restore and strengthen the immune system
  • lowering of blood pressure
  • stress relief and the lessening of chronic pain, tension headaches, back pain and migraines
  • diminishing any emotional upsets and unlocking emotional blockages that can contribute to stress
  • aiding concentration ability
  • improving energy levels
  • aiding sleep.

Hypnotherapy provides a confidential and comfortable setting in which your mind and body can be safely filtered of tension and stress, easing you into a relaxing state of mind.

Often, hypnotherapists will send patients away with post-hypnotic suggestions that allows them to induce self-hypnosis after sessions are completed.

Relaxation refers to the state of body and mind that is free from tension, stress and anxiety. Relaxation is an important part of self-care, helping you look after your well-being when you’re feeling stressed or busy.

Everyone is different and will have preferred methods of relaxing in their day-to-day lives. Whilst there are typical activities associated with relaxation, such as taking a bath, listening to music, reading a book, or watching a film, these acts often only relax our bodies. True relaxation will also help to ease your mind, switching off from the external noises in your life.

For some, relaxation can be achieved through performing specific exercises and techniques. For others, relaxation therapies and complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy prove to be more effective.

On this page, we will explore a number of relaxation techniques and discover how relaxation therapies, such as hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis can help.

feeling stressed or tense for prolonged periods can have a negative effect on our overall well-being. Research studying the relationship between stress and health shows that stress not only affects our mood, but can also lead to health implications. This includes digestive problems, bowel conditions and high blood pressure. It is also thought to lower our immunity and slow our body’s recovery from major traumas.

So while you may not think you’re overly stressed, it is important to watch for the signs of excessive levels of tension:

  • tense muscles
  • waking up tired
  • difficulty sleeping
  • grinding your teeth
  • aches and pains
  • persistent tiredness or exhaustion
  • heart racing
  • sense of rush, panic or lack of time
  • growing number of minor ailments such as headaches or stomach upsets
  • ‘stomach in knots’ sensation
  • loss of appetite
  • difficulty thinking straight or concentrating

Relaxation techniques are thought to be key to restoring or maintaining, a healthy body and mind. Some relaxation exercises are designed to help slow down your breathing and heart rate, which can help to lower blood pressure and muscle tension. Relaxation can also help you to gain control of your worries and can help you to learn other skills, such as mindfulness.

Relaxation therapy

For some, relaxation techniques are not enough to reach a state of emotional and physical calm. Certain therapies are considered an effective alternative as they produce states of deep relaxation. It can help those who have on-going issues with stress and anxiety.

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