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There are a number of ways to use hypnosis techniques to assist with relaxation. Using hypnosis for relaxation facilitates changes in a person’s thought patterns, physical perception, physical sensation and state of mind. Hypnosis-based relaxation techniques help a person to reduce physical and mental stress or tension, and they are said to have an overall positive effect on a person’s health. A person can practice on his own or with the assistance of hypnosis professional.
A person using hypnosis for relaxation should take time to reflect. Taking the time to identify and consider those things that might be contributing to a person’s inability to relax can assist in the effectiveness of hypnosis for relaxation. Journaling is an excellent form of introspection that gives a person a way to look back on thoughts and better identify stress triggers and the techniques most effective for relaxation.
Practicing hypnosis for relaxation in the correct environment is also crucial to reaping the benefits. A person should eliminate any distractions that may startle him or bring him out of his relaxed state of mind. He should turn off cell phones; wear loose, comfortable clothing; and use a room that is quiet and free of clutter. The space itself should be comfortable, with an even room temperature and a comfortable seat or recliner available when practicing.
The next step in using hypnosis for relaxation is for a person to focus on clearing his thoughts. Repeating a silent mantra or focusing on calming images can assist with this. Fixing the mind on a mental image, object, or phrase also allows a person to block out other disquieting thoughts and promotes relaxation.
Another key to relaxing with hypnosis is deep breathing. Breathing is essential to the cessation of thoughts and the quieting of the mind. A person should be sure to take long, deep breaths when inhaling and to exhale slowly. Deep breathing also slows a person’s heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and assists the body in relaxation.
Progressive relaxation is a perfect example of how to use hypnosis for relaxation. With this technique — whether led by a professional or a videotape, or tackled on a person’s own — the practitioner focuses his mind on specific parts of his body and, after becoming aware of them, uses purposeful thought and intention to relax each part. Eventually the entire body is relaxed and calm.
A person hoping to get the most benefit from hypnosis-based relaxation should practice often. Maximum benefit is possible with just 10 to 15 minutes of practice every day. The more often a person practices relaxing with hypnosis, the easier it will be for him to enter into a quiet and calm mental state.
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