When we think about ways to improve our wellness, the first things to come to mind may not be the most surprising. Eat right, work out a few times a week, get enough sleep, drink enough water, yadda yadda yadda. It’s nothing we haven’t heard before. But when it comes to improving your wellness on a deeper level – something which has been a little more on our radars’ as of late thanks to the rise in popularity of such wellness trends as mindfulness and meditation – the methods of achieving that degree of wellness tend to go a little beyond what’s on your plate or how often your hitting the gym. To that end, there’s a new wellness trend on the rise that may soon be taking the place of those more common forms of deeper wellness; a trend that may or may not be the new meditation of sorts: hypnosis.
Okay, we know – not exactly what comes to mind when you think of a wellness routine, but stay with us. As more and more people try to find ways to tap into their minds and improve their health on a more subconscious level, the methods of achieving that tend to become a little less conventional than we’re used to. Hypnosis, as a result, has popped up as a kind of answer to that question; a way to “flip a switch,” in a sense, and tackle wellness problems that may not necessarily be solvable through the usual avenues in a new way.
For hypnotist and health coach Clara Rey, for example, she’s seen clients who have been able to manage their nutrition, quit smoking, and overcome emotional worry or stress that was impeding their growth and success. In working with her clients, Rey found that not only did hypnosis allow people to overcome or address the specific things that they were interested in dealing with, but it also served as a way for them to regain a sense of self-worth by developing a healthier relationship with their subconscious selves.
“The power of hypnosis is the connection it creates with parts of ourselves that we have no direct communication with,” says Rey. “By opening this line of communication with our subconscious mind, hypnosis serves as a path to self-empowerment, self-worth, and confidence that is ‘you’ focused.”
Another major proponent of hypnosis as a wellness tool, clinical hypnotherapist John McGrail, PhD, is a major advocate of the way in which hypnosis can help with overall wellness, whether it’s addressing existing issues or helping build healthier habits.
“There is no physical emotional or even spiritual condition that does not involve the human mind,” says Dr. McGrail. “Hypnosis is a natural state of consciousness that creates a very open, receptive state of mind; a mind receptive to the possibility of change. Hypnosis can be used as a primary or adjunctive therapy across virtually the entire spectrum of the human condition, from eradicating unwanted or unhealthy habits, fears, phobias, limiting beliefs, and low self-confidence to improving performance at work, school, or play. It has been in use as a therapeutic tool for nearly 7000 years, and there’s a reason for that: it works.”
Now, none of this is to say that you ought to stop exercising or eating clean, and that all of your go-to healthy living behaviors can be replaced by a few rounds of hypnosis. What it is to say, though, is that hypnosis may be worth considering as an addition to your wellness routine – one that can tap into a deeper level of wellbeing than your other healthy habits can.