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What is the thread that links the similarities and differences between Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness? Let us take a moment to compare the methods used, and the combined benefits from these well known therapy modalities.

What is Hypnotherapy?

hypnosis and mindfulness create a shift in brainwavesDefinition of hypnosis WikipediaHypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create unconscious change in the patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings.

Hypnosis is commonly used to reduce pain, stress and anxiety and to create a sense of well-being. It is also used to change undesirable behaviours, such as smoking, alcohol dependence, and weight issues.

Hypnotherapy is used along with other methods by many mental health professionals to help patients overcome common fears, such as; the fear of flying or driving, or social anxiety.

Hypnosis is occasionally used instead of anaesthetic drugs during minor surgical and dental procedures and during childbirth. Some researchers also found that hypnosis speeds recovery after operations, reduces the amount of surgical bleeding, and enhances the body’s immune system.

When our mind is concentrated and focused, we are able to use our mind more powerfully. Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-care and self-control.

Guided self hypnosis video for improving health and wellbeing will teach you beneficial skills for coping with stress and anxiety.

Spend just 10 minutes a day practising self-hypnosis. It will be of immense benefit to reduce your stress and anxiety.

What is Mindfulness?

breathe calmly with self-hypnosisDefinition of mindfulness: – a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

Mindfulness is best described as using the power of the mind to effectively help people change their relationship to negative emotions and thoughts. By meditating on these emotions many people learn to become less reactive. Mindfulness can also create the right internal conditions to better manage anxiety, depression or other uncomfortable emotions.

Australian Pain Management Association suggests that you can use below Mindfulness exercises to centre yourself, and to connect with your present environment.

  • Pause for a moment or two
  • Notice five things you can see
  • Notice five things you can hear (e.g. your breathing, traffic, birds
  • Notice five things you can feel in contact with your body (e.g. shoes on feet, air through your nose, back against the chair)

Mindful Hypnotherapy:

A Mind-Body Medicine Research Lab at Baylor University trialed a new study for treatment of stress. The intervention combined the use of mindfulness with hypnotherapy which showed some very positive results. The intervention was called “mindful hypnotherapy.”

Mindfulness is a type of meditation that requires focused attention on the present moment but it needs a lot of practice. Hypnosis also involves focusing of attention, but it includes mental imagery, relaxation and suggestions for stress reduction. Combining the two methods has shown to be of an advantage in coping with stress.

In Conclusion:

Mindfulness is used to be more in the present moment and to be less reactive to negative thoughts.

Hypnotherapy on the other hand, is used to release negative emotions and habits. Hypnosis is intended to create lasting subconscious changes in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours and feelings.

Combining Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness in a treatment session can teach you coping skills to more effectively manage stress in you daily life.

five-minute self-hypnosis meditation
Above 5 minute Meditation by Katherine Ferris was published in Cosmopolitan Magazine, Body/Love Section