The Bodies Response To
The Bodies Response To Hypnosis. Hypnosis has been defined
as a normal physiological state of consciousness that is both
similar and different from being awake and being asleep.
It is produced by the presence of a central focus of
attention and surrounding areas of inhibition. Hypnosis
produces three responses in the body.
First, there is increased concentration.
During our normal awake state our mind is scattered, and any
suggestions made will go scattering as well. When you are in a
hypnotic trance, the mind is focused, so things that are
suggested get absorbed and retained easier.
Second, the body is more relaxed. Most
hypnotic induction starts with progressive muscular relaxation
techniques. These techniques involving tensing specific muscles
and relaxing to achieve a fully relaxed body and mind.
Third, there is an increased susceptibility
to suggestion. This comes from the first two, where the mind is
concentrated and the body is relaxed. The mind becomes highly
receptive to suggestions. It is also able to imagine and see
things more clearly.
Critical analysis is reduced; however, a person never loses
complete control of their functions. Our mind has several
physiological levels: the conscious, the subconscious, and the
unconscious. These also represent the different states of
wakefulness and can be defined as alert, daydreaming, moderate
trance, deep trance, and normal sleep.
Alert is the normal state where both mind and body are
awake. Daydreaming is a light trance state where the body is
relaxed and the mind is withdrawn into your self and is
imagining an activity.
In a moderate trance your eyes are closed and you are less
aware of your surroundings and more aware of yourself, and have
increased imagery and suggestibility.
In a deep trance your body is fully relaxed and limp and
your attention is narrowed.
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You have high suggestibility and illusions seem real. During
normal sleep all voluntary activities are stopped and you have
reduced or absent consciousness. Daydreaming, moderate trance,
and deep trance are all different stages of hypnotic trance.
During this time you are more susceptible to suggestions,
though the amount of which varies from person to person. One
person may be more suggestible in a light trance than
It usually will take multiple sessions for an idea to take
completely, though this number will also vary from one
person to the next. When in a hypnotic trance the
suggestions are usually positive, with directions that the
subject will want to continue upon re-achieving an alert
state. These suggestions are implanted in the subconscious,
and as they continue to be repeated during multiple
sessions will eventually become accepted by the conscious
A person can use hypnosis to explore and
discover any difficult, or problem areas,
they are having with their yoga poses or
Even solve problems with stretching
better, or having more endurance and
strength to say in a pose longer.
By keeping the suggestions positive, the subconscious mind
is more likely to accept them, and then can use them to
counteract negative thoughts and images that are holding
the subject back from achieving his or her goals. Hypnosis
and hypnotherapy can be useful tools in modifying behavior
and getting rid of bad habits. It can even be used to
induce deeper responses of the body and stimulate healing
responses for pain and illnesses.