5 lesser-known benefits of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a deeply relaxing process that can get to the root cause of issues quickly and effectively with long-lasting effects. The flexibility of hypnotherapy means that it can be applied to a huge range of needs, enabling you to achieve the goal that is personal to you! Commonly, hypnotherapy is known to help with weight management, fears and phobias as well as breaking bad habits, but here are some benefits of hypnotherapy that you may not have considered before.

Hypnotherapy for nail-biting

You may think nail-biting is just a bad habit, but it’s often an example of behaviour that stems from anxiety. While it can start as a relatively unobtrusive habit, it can spiral into something far more severe, where the individual feels a total lack of control and does it without thinking.

To begin with, it’s seemingly only an annoyance, but habitual nail-biting can cause tissue damage, infections and long-term damage to both the fingers and the teeth. A degree of comfort or relief may be achieved when biting your nails but please know that there are other, more positive ways of achieving this sensation. 

Hypnotherapy can help by identifying the thoughts and worries that underpin this behaviour. With help from your therapist, you can regain control over this habit and overcome the need to nail bite once and for all. More importantly, you can deal with whatever may have been causing you the anxiety in the first place.

If the behaviour has developed into more of a coping strategy, this can be replaced with quick, simple, positive calming techniques that help to ground you and deal with the challenge rather than biting your nails.

The number of sessions you may need would depend on why you bite your nails and to what extent you do it. If it’s been going on for decades and you’re causing yourself pain, then you may need a few more sessions than someone who has more recently started the habit. 

Hypnotherapy for vertigo

Vertigo is not to be confused with a fear of heights. An attack of vertigo can cause a dizzy, nauseous feeling that can even occur even when simply getting up from bed. It may be an indication that you need medical attention and this is something we would always advise before starting a course of hypnotherapy. Vertigo can be caused by inner ear infections, minor strokes or maybe the symptoms of another medical condition.

If you’ve had all this checked by the doctor and they can’t find a physical reason as to why you are suffering, then this is when hypnotherapy can help. This is because other causes of vertigo can include stress, anxiety and unresolved trauma. These areas are all often treated using hypnotherapy as we deal with the subconscious mind – the part of our brain that can hold onto issues even if we think we may have dealt with them. Overcoming vertigo can be achieved in a peaceful, efficient and long-lasting way using hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy to stop snoring

There are many reasons as to why someone may snore and hypnotherapy has the flexibility to address what is right for you. We know that weight and alcohol can contribute to snoring and, if these areas are something you wish to address, there are lots of ways hypnotherapy can help.

Equally, you may believe that these things do not contribute to the snoring and so they would not be an avenue we would work on in sessions. Instead, we would focus on the position you sleep in and provide techniques for helping you manage this while you are asleep. All too often, the individual snoring is unaware of it but it is their partner who is affected. Alternatively, you may wake yourself up with snoring or find you have a sore throat in the morning.

Hypnotherapy can support you by becoming more aware of your own snoring so that you manage it yourself. An example of this may be recognising the vibrations in your throat so that you turn yourself over onto your side or into a position you are less likely to snore in. The flexibility of hypnotherapy means there are different routes that can be taken to help with snoring, so do consider it as a solution as it is tailored to you and your needs. 

Hypnotherapy for toilet anxiety

There is a myriad of concerns people can have that relate to using the toilet. It may be that you do not like being in confined spaces or using public conveniences due to cleanliness. Perhaps your anxieties stem from being too far from a toilet or having other people in your vicinity as you go to the toilet.

All these concerns can have a serious impact on how you conduct your day-to-day life as well as have a significant effect on your bowel movements and diet. For example, if you know you do not wish to use a toilet on the train, you may prevent yourself from eating or drinking the foods that would lead to this but that your body actually needs. 

Hypnotherapy is great at getting to the bottom of your concerns and worries that can lead to these behaviours and fears. If you’re keen to gain more freedom and a sense of calm surrounding using toilets, then hypnotherapy is for you. Your course of sessions will be tailored to your personal needs and there are never assumptions made about why you have the anxieties you do – it is entirely bespoke to you. 

Hypnotherapy to stop drinking alcohol

It may be that you want to quit alcohol consumption altogether or perhaps you only wish to stop drinking during the week. Maybe your aim is to avoid certain alcohol that does not agree with you or is overly calorific. Whatever your reason to stop drinking alcohol, hypnotherapy can assist in this change. 

In our culture, a lot of social occasions can pivot around alcohol and this can make giving it up incredibly difficult. It can also be of great comfort to some after a stressful week. Perhaps you’ve got into habits you wish to break. Your hypnotherapist will focus on your goals and intentions while making them manageable and achievable for you. 

If you are an alcoholic but wish to drink on occasions, this may not be possible for you as the addictive nature of it can’t be controlled in this way. In this instance, your therapist is likely to seek medical advice from your GP but this would only be with your prior consent and with your best interests at heart.

If, however, you wish to cut back on alcohol consumption and you are not addicted, this is certainly achievable and something your therapist can assist you with. Whatever your goals are, your therapist will be able to advise and support you.

If you’re ready to make a change and want to do this in an efficient, healthy way then consider hypnotherapy. It may be just the answer you’re looking for to overcome an aspect of your life that you know is holding you back in some way.

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Written by Jessica Chapman
Jessica Chapman is a therapist and teacher with a passion for the outdoors and being creative. She enjoys assisting others in making positive changes to their lives alongside working on her own aspirations.

Written by Jessica Chapman

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