Hypnotism. This happens when a mysterious gentleman puts you in a trance by dangling a watch on a chain and then makes you bark like a dog, right? Not quite. That may be the stereotypical shtick of a stage hypnotist, but the healing discipline of hypnotherapy is better described as a state of focused relaxation in which a person is more responsive to suggestion.
Every massage therapist knows that some people find it easier to relax than others. It comes to some clients naturally, while others find it difficult to let go of tension, even during an excellent massage. When hypnosis is utilized with a massage in just the right way, a perfect, complementary healing balance can be established, achieving levels of relaxation and health that neither hypnosis or massage can do on its own.
HOW IT WORKS
Imagine combining the affirming touch of a massage, which alone puts the client into a highly relaxed state, with guided visualizations and healing suggestions that invite the mind to participate in the process! Hypno-massage utilizes the natural trance state elicited by massage to deepen relaxation on every level. It involves the integration of bodywork with hypnotic suggestion to create a complete mind and body experience.
Hypnosis puts the mind into an alpha state, which quiets the client’s mind during the massage. While in this state, the muscles respond more readily to the massage and the benefits last longer. Hypno-massage allows a state of enhanced relaxation in which deeper parts of the mind become accessible; this in turn allows the muscles to relax more than they would during a routine massage. The unique combined practice of hypno-massage helps clear physical and emotional trauma while speeding up the overall healing process.
Unwanted feelings and issues are healed as the body is slowly relaxed and the mind is taken through a wonderful visualization. It is through this subconscious state that clients can experience a greater awareness of both body and mind.
Debunking Misconceptions About Hypnosis
The client will not be asleep during hypnosis; it is a deep state of relaxation. The client cannot be made to do or say anything they do not wish to do. The client cannot become “stuck” in hypnosis.
Benefits Offered By Hypnosis Massage
Stress and anxiety release Total relaxation Reduced tension headaches Self-esteem and confidence Pain management Motivation Reduced insomnia Fear and phobia release Depression recovery Weight control Addresses sexual dysfunction Addiction recovery
2 Main Forms Of Hypno-massage
APART FORM. In apart form, the hypno-massage therapist begins with hypnosis and then continues by giving a massage to the client. Hypnosis and massage are two separate segments of the treatment in this form.
TOGETHER FORM. In together form, the hypno-massage therapist uses massage as a hypnosis induction. In other words, the practitioner performs the hypnosis and massage simultaneously.
A TYPICAL SESSION
After filling out an intake form and discussing the individual’s goals for the hypno- massage, the client is guided into a deep state of relaxation through visualization. Even in this dream-like state the client remains alert, has the ability to speak and remains open to positive suggestions. The client can reject any suggestions that don’t feel comfortable for them at any time. After the session, the client emerges refreshed and feels ready to incorporate the positive suggestions from the session into his or her life.
The length of a hypno-massage varies depending on the client’s needs. Rates fluctuate significantly by region and setting.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Anyone who is susceptible to hypnosis that can benefit from massage can benefit from a hypno-massage. Some people are more suggestible than others, but most people are able to be hypnotized. The ability to use imagination, focus and follow instructions are all helpful in achieving a successful hypno-massage session.
It is important to note that massage practitioners who desire to use hypnosis professionally need to complete a hypnotherapy certification program in a state-approved school. This type of program provides professional preparation in hypnosis regarding improved performance, enhanced wellness, managed stress and accessed creativity.
Certified hypnotherapy training can be achieved by meeting a certain school’s requirements for certification, or by meeting the requirements of a hypnotherapy organization, such as the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists or the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. The curriculum for hypnotherapy training that leads to certification varies depending on the school. The length of certified hypnotherapy programs depend on the school, the curriculum and the specific training program. Some training programs can be completed in a few weeks, while others can take up to a year.
Hypnotherapist certification training courses generally cover the therapeutic uses of hypnosis, such as stress relief and habit control, pain control during childbirth, chronic pain, dentistry and emergency situations, and psychological healing through hypnotherapy.