Hypnosis can be like a biofeedback mechanism which helps you use your mind to control your body. A trained practitioner guides you in using imagery, abdominal breathing , and sometimes uses music to relax your muscles, slow your heart rate or blood pressure, or achieve the desired brain-wave frequencies of alpha as you slip into the hypnotic state,. The goal is to learn to control your body on your own.
Hypnosis has been shown to be helpful in treating medical conditions, including headaches, asthma, hot flashes, high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, incontinence, and nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy. Unlike medicine, hypnosis has no side effects. It offers people a way to take some control over their own health.
Did you know that blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract drops when anxiety increases. That is why people feel a knot in their stomach when they are feeling anxious. Learning to relax allows the blood to flow better and relieves pain.
The concept is the same as practicing the multiplication tables or like playing the piano. The more you praqctice the better you get. With more and more practice you are teaching your body how to do it better, more frequently and at your control. The more you use the muscle or your mind the stronger it gets.
The mind has a lot to do with how we're feeling!