Relaxation and why its beneficial..

holiday pics 370Relaxation is not just about sitting in front of the TV or reading a good book- but real relaxation is about ‘letting go’ of any tension or negative thoughts and really experiencing the calm and tranquility that just overtakes you during relaxation.Its surprising how many people, don’t truly relax nowadays.

Ever tried meditation? If you have, that you know the benefits of relaxation are wonderful. The hypnotic ‘state’  is very similar to deep relaxation or meditation. Relaxation is fantastic for increasing creativity, problem solving, and enhancing a more positive mood. It also reduces your risks of health issues such heart disease or high blood pressure. If you feel tense a lot of the times, or just don’t feel that you can relax as much as you like than hypnotherapy is a wonderful way of helping you achieve this.

Phyisological changes during relaxation:

When we relax everything begins to slow down. Blood pressure reduces, heart beat slows down, your breathing slows down and the relaxation creates a feeling of calmness and inner peace. You feel better and more positive. As a result of these physiological changes, regular relaxation means that you are less likely to developed conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease and other health issues. With hypnotherapy people can learn specific technique to help them relax whenever they need to- usually on cue. Hypnotherapy enhances our concentration and can also help us to sleep better. All you need is at least a few minutes relaxation time everyday. With practice, you will begin to see the benefits yourself..

Where’s the evidence?

Findings from controlled trials indicate that hypnotherapy is very effective at reducing anxiety, particular the anxiety related to stressful situations. Hypnotherapy is also effective for insomnia as well as other conditions such as IBS, asthma and chronic pain conditions. (Source: Carroll D, Seers K. Relaxation for the relief of chronic pain: a systematic review. J Adv Nurs 1998;27:476-487)

Numerous Research has shown the benefits of relaxation using hypnotherapy on overall health and mental wellbeing. For example, in two studies,  students underwent hypnotherapy session and overall results for both studies showed improved mood, health (fewer winter viral infections) and reduced levels of clinical depression and anxiety.(Source: J.H. Gruzelier Department of Cognitive Neuroscience and Behaviour, A Review of the Impact of Hypnosis, Relaxation, Guided Imagery and Individual Differences on Aspects of Immunity and Health2002, Vol. 5, No. 2 , Pages 147-163)

The evidence is overwhelming. Please view Hypnotherapy research for more information on hypnotherapy and it’s benefits.

If you would like to truly relax, feel free to contact me.

Sidra Khan: MBPsS, DipCHyp, HPD, PNLP

Contact: 07526 000360


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