Does your child have trouble focusing in school? The school day is long and packed with so much information, so few breaks, and so little time outdoors, it’s no wonder kids find themselves fidgeting or tuning out in class.
Many parents first consider hypnotherapy for their child for working with an issue at school.
Hypnotherapy can help your child increase their focus and concentration and relieve anxiety in order to have a more successful academic career.
Kids love hypnosis because they are naturally imaginative. Kids don’t doubt the power of their own mind. They believe it 100%! Young children are naturally in hypnosis most of the time. They are wide open to the world around them and it’s very easy to teach them to use this to their advantage. In the state of hypnosis, kids learn to cultivate their imagination for problem-solving and coping skills. According to the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, “Because hypnosis allows people to use more of their potential, learning self-hypnosis is the ultimate act of self-control.”
Older kids and teens also enjoy hypnosis because they are able to vent out stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions. They are able to use the hypnotic state to release emotional and physical tension without having to verbalize their feelings. Children often have trouble expressing their emotions (just like adults), so being able to use their mind and imagination to create solutions for the everyday stresses of life is very comforting to them.
Kids are natural problem solvers, and when given the opportunity, often have wonderfully creative solutions to the issues in their lives.
What happens during a pediatric hypnotherapy session? Typically, the parents and child will meet with the hypnotherapist to discuss what the parents have in mind, as well as the child’s goals. Using creative play, beading, drawing, or crafts, the child can work out a solution to their issue. They then spend about 15 minutes in a very relaxed state, reinforcing the ideas to the subconscious mind. Often, there are techniques or tools provided that can be used every day.
In addition to school success, hypnosis is incredibly beneficial to help kids with issues such as nail biting, insomnia, nightmares, separation anxiety, bedwetting, or getting along with their siblings or friends.
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth can be a way of your body trying to relieve stress. Although stress and anxiety are often a cause of bruxism, it can also be caused by an abnormal bite. Many people seek treatment with their dentist to alleviate symptoms of bruxism. However, most experts agree that bruxism is an unconscious habit.
Hypnotherapy is ideal for dealing with the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is everything that’s separate from your conscious awareness. When you first learned to drive, you didn’t know how to do it. You had to think about every little step, from how to turn the car on, to how much pressure to apply to the break, to how to make a turn properly. But once you learned how to drive, and after lots of practice, this behavior became part of your unconscious behavior - something you do without thinking. You now drive easily, likely with your mind on hundreds of things other than the operation of the car.
In a hypnotherapy session, you are allowing yourself to get into a very relaxed state. From this state of deep relaxation, you are able to access your unconscious mind to begin building new habits of relaxation. Many people are under the impression that you are fully asleep, but in fact your mind is very alert during a hypnotherapy session. You are physically relaxed, emotional calm, and mentally alert and open to positive suggestions towards wellbeing, or positive changes that you’d like to bring into your life.
From this positive state, you can learn techniques for managing your stress and having a more positive mindset. You’ll also likely find that you sleep more deeply throughout the night. This stress management techniques are ideal for helping you to relieve stress naturally instead of venting frustration out through your teeth and jaw.
There are numerous studies to support that hypnosis helps not only to decrease teeth grinding and the associate pain, but that it has long lasting effects of many years.
The benefits you’ll receive from incorporating hypnosis into your plan for dealing with bruxism can reach into many other avenues of your life. Relaxation techniques and stress management skills can also help you sleep better, have healthier relationships, and find more satisfaction in your career.
If you’re experiencing chronic stress, you may be experiencing irritability, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. Stress produces physical and emotional symptoms. Over time, chronic stress can cause a weakened immune system, weight gain, and heart disease.
There are many methods to help you reduce stress. Here’s just a few ideas:
Regular massage therapy is widely used to manage anxiety and chronic stress. Massage decreases cortisol levels and increases activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps the body and the mind respond better during times of stress.
There are numerous studies that suggest hypnotherapy is highly effective for anxiety and stress, particularly for anxiety associated with exams, test anxiety, or performance anxiety. A 2006 study out of Yale University School of Medicine found that hypnosis significantly alleviates preoperative anxiety. Some people are more familiar with relaxation techniques such as therapeutic imagery or progressive relaxation. Guided therapeutic imagery helps create relaxing images in the mind that help bring a more peaceful, balanced state. This is also highly effective for enhancing your coping skills, making dealing with high tension situations easier.
Floatation Therapy, sometimes called REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy), involves limiting external stimuli while floating in skin-temperature, magnesium rich water. Floatation therapy is considered to be highly beneficial for stress reduction as well as stress-related conditions, such as chronic tension headaches.
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
EFT Tapping is a technique based on the same energy meridians used in acupuncture - but without the needles! EFT uses tapping with your fingertips while speaking about the issue. EFT is extremely effective, easy to learn, and yields rapid results. It’s particularly effective for post traumatic stress disorder.
Unlike a traditional sauna, infrared saunas provide dry, gentle heat. They provide a wonderful opportunity for focusing on your breathing and quieting your mind. Regular use of the sauna can help lower cortisol in your body.
Reiki is an energy healing modality which has gained in popularity as a complementary therapy. People seek reiki out as a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical method of complementary medicine. Many people find reiki effective for reducing anxiety, as well as mild depression and stress.
Stress can affect your body, mind, and emotions. Finding the right stress management tool for you is critical to maintaining your mental, emotional, and physical health.