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Clinical hypnosis is a procedure during which a qualified hypnotherapist gives you carefully worded instructions to follow with the goal of helping you enter a state of deep relaxation. In this hypnotic state, when you are “hypnotized” you are aware of everything that is going on, but at the same time, you become increasingly absorbed in using your imagination as directed by the hypnotherapist.

The hypnosis practitioner uses carefully worded language to help you enter into a state of highly focused, suggestible attentiveness in which you are able to clear away mental “clutter” and focus on your problem and solutions to the problem. Hypnosis practitioners employ a body of techniques to help you acquire the self-control, self-mastery, willpower and confidence to visualize, realize and achieve your goals. Frequently,  I will teach you self-hypnosis methods that you can employ on your own to reinforce and continue the process of positive change.

I will give you suggestions to experience changes in behaviours, feelings, sensations, images, perceptions, thoughts, beliefs, and  physical functions or symptoms. Suggestions are typically included for relaxation, calmness, confidence, increased self-control and well-being. Instructions typically include imagining or thinking about pleasant experiences.

Hypnosis is a relationship-based process of communication through which the clinician induces in the patient an alteration in consciousness and internal perception characterised by increased suggestibility.

People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Most people report that they were not asleep, but instead, felt very relaxed and could hear everything the hypnotist said. Some people describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Others describe the experience as being one in which they feel detached and deeply inwardly focused. Still others describe the experience as one in which their sensations and perceptions feel heightened and more vivid.

In the hypnotic state, which is an altered state of consciousness, awareness, and perception, suggestibility is heightened. Both parts of the mind (conscious and subconscious) are more receptive to acceptable, therapeutic suggestions than they are in an ordinary waking state. Even in a light hypnotic “trance”, with  your permission, the “doorway” to your subconscious mind opens. This makes it possible for the hypnotist to provide information to your subconscious in a form that the subconscious can accept.

Hypnosis is a safe procedure when it is employed by a qualified, licensed, responsible and experienced health professional. It is NOT about “Zap, you are under my spell!” as in some sort of a master/slave relationship. It is also NOT magic! Nobody can be hypnotized unless they want to be and unless they are willing to be a cooperative subject. No one can be hypnotized against their will.

In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. This is because in order for a person to enter the hypnotic state, you must follow the hypnotist’s instructions, and your conscious and subconscious minds must accept the hypnotist’s suggestions and make them your own. The subconscious mind is like a preprogrammed, driverless motor car it will automatically take the road that it knows and has no ability to steer itself or to deviate from its well-run route, or even to accelerate its progress. But by using self-hypnosis, you become the driver of that car. You can steer it in a new direction, you can show it how other routes might be more interesting or beneficial, and you can show it all the other journeys it can make, now that you are the driver and now that you are in control.

Anyone who can follow instructions and who wants to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. You are simply asked to suspend your disbelief and critical, analytical mind, and to allow whatever happens to happen without trying to make anything happen. You are thus asked to imagine and visualize the things the hypnotist says. Hypnosis occurs without effort on the patient’s part. It is the therapist/hypnotist’s job to analyse what is happening—not the patient’s!

If your mind wanders, that is perfectly all right. Hypnosis is among other things a state of controlled daydream-type thinking—a state of believed-in imagination. Mind wandering is what happens when a person daydreams. You are told that even when your conscious mind wanders, your subconscious mind will hear everything that the hypnotist is saying.

Manual lymphatic drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.

Manual lymphatic drainage differs from ordinary massage – it is very gentle and aims to encourage movement of lymph away from swollen areas. MLD is particularly useful if there is swelling in the face, breast, abdomen, genitals or elsewhere on the trunk.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a form of massage that stimulates the lymphatic system with gentle massaging strokes. The light rhythmical massage encourages the lymphatic system to eliminate metabolic waste products, excess fluid and bacteria. The effects of Manual Lymph Drainage are numerous and include general benefits to the nervous and muscular systems. MLD is a great addition to other detox measures, as it encourages fluid flow in the connective tissues.

Medical Massage

Medical Massage is result oriented and the treatment is specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. The therapist may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment only on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis and prescription.

Connective Tissue Massage

Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) is a dynamic approach to bodywork that releases myofascial restrictions. CTM relieves chronic tension, increase ease of movement, improves posture, and enhances self-awareness. These results are often achieved with remarkable efficiency, providing immediate relief from symptoms without requiring excessive force. Because of this, CTM can benefit almost anyone, and is useful in a wide variety of circumstances ranging from accidents to illnesses to managing the stresses of daily life.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that concentrates on rearranging deeper tissue layers of the muscles and connective tissues. Reminiscent of Swedish massage, this massage utilizes many of the same movements and techniques though the pressure is usually more. Some of its strokes also resemble classic massage therapy, however, its movements are slow and the pressure intense on tense areas. Deep tissue massage is especially useful for persistently tense and contracted areas, for example, stiff neck, lower back stiffness and sore shoulders. This massage is really beneficial in chronic pain, limited mobility, postural problems, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, muscle tension or spasm, and for quick recovery from injuries. Whenever there is any chronic muscle tension or injury, the problem is usually caused by adhesions (bands of aching, stiff tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions are capable of obstructing circulation and causing pain, restricted movement, and swelling. Deep tissue massage works effectively by actually breaking these adhesions to lessen pain and reinstate normal movement. To carry this out, the massage therapists normally use direct deep pressure across the muscles grain.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressue to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation. Swedish massage employs five different movements: * long, gliding strokes * kneading of individual muscles * friction * hacking or tapping * vibration The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, a technique called “draping”. One part of the body uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body. Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aromatherapy.

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