Should You Try Hypnotherapy?

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Ever notice how many people have been talking about the benefits of hypnotherapy recently? Well, we have. spoke to Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi, founder of Illuminations Wellness Centre, on the science behind hypnotherapy and what makes it so beneficial to us. 

Hypnosis plays an integral part in the critically acclaimed film Get Out directed by Jordan Peele.

Hypnosis plays an integral part in the critically acclaimed film Get Out directed by Jordan Peele.

Tell us about the essential principles of hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a process by which an individual is induced into a state of hypnosis for the purpose of healing a specific issue. The hypnotised subject can be virtually oblivious to what is going on around them, yet are acutely aware of a narrow range of stimuli that’s called to their attention by the therapist.

What type of patient requires hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy can be used to change any behavioural pattern such as negative thinking or an emotional trigger that causes the client to react with anger or fear. It can also be used to unlearn a lifestyle habit such as nail biting, smoking or addiction. At Illuminations, our assessment before conducting hypnotherapy is based on determining how a client takes in information, so that when we actually start the therapy we know the best way to communicate with the subconscious mind for maximum benefit.


Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi, founder of Illuminations Wellness Centre

What are the advantages of hypnotherapy?

Our mind has two parts: the conscious, which we use on an everyday basis and gives us the processing skills to logic, rationalise and analyse. Then we have our subconscious, which makes up about 90 per cent of the mind and stores all our experiences from the day we are born. This information is stored in two ways, pleasure and pain. Hypnotherapists recognise the integrity of the body-mind system as being one and therefore we’re able to address any disease, be it mental, physical emotional or energy related.

Are there any documented cases of hypnotherapy negatively influencing an individual?

As far as I’m aware there are no known records of anyone having been physically or mentally harmed as a direct result of hypnosis itself. In fact hypnotherapy is a natural state of awareness, just like an awakened state and a sleep state. For most people, hypnosis is a pleasant state of deep inner calm and physical relaxation. Deep hypnosis is similar in many ways to the kind of profound trance found in expert yoga or meditation practitioners and it takes anywhere between three to six sessions to resolve a core issue through hypnotherapy. 

Soniyaa Kiran Punjabi, founder of Illuminations Wellness Centre

What are the benefits of this therapy versus that of prescription medication

We all experience emotional, mental or physical stress however many people take short cuts as a way of relief. Stress can be defined as an imbalance of thoughts in the mind, which can arise due to various factors in a person’s life. Eventually this stress takes a toll on the physical body and threatens your peace of mind. Allopathic (medical) solutions, although convenient and highly developed, only focus on curing the specific site of disease once this stress has erupted in the physical body and the side effects associated with some medical medicines are immense.

Most qualified and responsible alternative or complementary practitioners would never dismiss the efficacy of allopathic solutions if the issue is rooted deep in the physical body, such as major illnesses like cancer, heart ailments and other such life threatening diseases. However, for less severe mental issues and ongoing skin treatments, when relying on daily medicine causes more damage through dependency of strong dosages with minimal results, I would highly recommend to opt for alternative solutions. Every approach has an important contribution towards the overall wellbeing of an individual, therefore it is important to continue undergoing medical treatment and opt for a complementary approach alongside medical care. 

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