As a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in women, I’m used to first-time clients coming to my office a little skeptical and nervous. They tell me the word “hypnosis” makes them think of a movie—where someone is being made to do something silly under the therapist’s power. But that’s a myth. Hypnotherapy is an extraordinarily helpful mind-body tool. And using it to improve emotional well-being can lead to feeling better physically too.
I often get asked how hypnotherapy works. Hypnotherapy goes to the emotional root of a problem. Anything you are holding onto emotionally affects your physical well-being in some way.
Hypnotherapy can be helpful for most adults. But it’s especially great in perimenopause and menopause. This is a time of high stress for many women. There’s so much in flux, both physically and mentally. We are all so programmed to feel sad, tired, wired, and without a purpose or path. But that’s not really who we are. Hypnotherapy helps because it brings consciousness to feelings and emotional issues that have gone untouched or unrecognized. By uncovering these emotional blocks, we break our tendency to relive the same thought processes over and over again.
How a mind-body connection can lead to physical relief
Once free from negative thought cycles, you can start to make positive choices and feel happier. You connect with who you truly are. As you become more present, physical relief follows. For example, living stressed out leads to cortisol imbalance. A cortisol imbalance then affects progesterone and thyroid hormones and how every part of your body works. Similarly, issues with digestion may manifest from not being able to digest something that’s weighing on your mind. By addressing it, many people find their stomach pain eases.
In my practice, I emphasize breathing. Breathing correctly is huge. Almost 97% of the clients who come to me are shallow breathers. That’s unhealthy. Oxygen is good for the body. In each session, we work on yogic, or three-part breath. On each inhale, the belly, rib cage, and air visibly expand. People immediately slow, calm, and feel more open to change and aware of what they need.
What to expect in hypnotherapy
My clients can expect a hypnotherapy office visit to go much like any type of cognitive therapy and to feel like they are in a safe, compassionate place. There are a few forms to fill out and questions to answer. At my practice, first-time appointments take about 90 minutes. That gives us time to go over concerns, talk history and symptoms, and start hypnotherapy.
As we begin, I focus on getting my client to relax. We accomplish this through deep breathing while seated comfortably. Eyes can be open or closed. Whichever feels right for her. I explain I do not use a pendulum. And tell my client she is still in control during the session.
Most of the time, people end up here because they feel lost or empty. So we go back through thoughts to find out why. Pain in people’s lives causes blocks and hurts emotional intelligence. We discover, feel, and address painful, problematic situations. Then, we come back to the present moment.
Addressing old situations and uncovering truths helps people feel lighter, more free, and like their true selves. They move through their lives with heightened emotional awareness and confidence. That reduces stress and stress-related issues in the body, including hormone imbalances.