Has this ever happened to you?
You visit your doctor and he frowns, saying, “You need to relax!”…but, he doesn’t tell you HOW to relax!
In today’s hectic, modern world, our minds and bodies are in hyper-drive, often engaged in what has been termed as the “fight or flight response”.
In this mode, our body systems are on high alert, activated and producing chemicals and hormones in preparation for some battle.
The problem is, the battle never arrives and we stay in this accelerated state, wearing out our body, which is the vehicle of our life. Heightened stress states elevate blood pressure, reduce circulation, increase pulse, raise blood sugar and cortisol levels, and promote sleep problems…all reactions which are damaging to the body over time.
Engaging in a state of hypnosis, whether it is over a prolonged period of time or for just a few minutes, can elicit the opposite response: what was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson as the “””relaxation response”.
Now, this is a type of relaxation that is different from sitting in from of the television and cracking open a beer; hypnotic relaxation puts a person, body and mind, into a wonderful state of “rest and digest”. During this time, the body moves out of the alert mode and into a healing, restorative mode. The mind gets a chance to decompress and take a well-deserved break. Even the sleeping experience is enhanced!
Hypnosis is easy to learn and feels wonderful. Imagine giving your mind and body a chance to experience the relaxation response!
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