Help Your Body Heal
In this course we work with the wisdom of the subconscious mind and the innate capacity of the body for deep healing. The course is designed to supplement, not replace, conventional medical care.
Description of the course
The course consists of six consecutive sessions each with a different theme. It is recommended that you attend all sessions for maximum benefit. Each one-hour session will include a half-hour lying down practice in deep relaxation (hypnotherapy); some energy-based movement practices and sometimes a group sharing. Each participant will be given a memory stick with recordings of the sessions to listen to between sessions to reinforce the benefits of the sessions.
The benefits of relaxation for healing
Relaxation, by itself, is a powerful force for healing. Rest, relaxation and positive thinking activate the parasympathetic nervous system. In turn the parasympathetic nervous system works to nourish, heal and regenerate the body. It re-builds the body, increases digestion and intestinal motility and circulation to the extremities, stimulates the production of endorphins – the feel-good hormones, and generates resistance to infection. It promotes insight and integration and the ability to play and create; rest, digest and recover.
The advantages of hypnotherapy for healing
In addition to being in a deeply relaxed state, in hypnotherapy we are guided into a state referred to as the trance state, where the conscious, left brain, rational thinking mode diminishes and the right brain state or subconscious mind dominates, which is more visual, metaphorical, timeless and intuitive.
There are three particular advantages of this state which can be utilised for our wellbeing and positive change in our lives: we are more suggestible; we can more easily access our intuitive wisdom and we can access repressed memories. Each of these are utilised in this course.
Below these are broken down to show how six sessions in the course utilise these 3 benefits of hypnotherapy:
- We are more suggestible.
Most hypnotherapy approaches take advantages of this principle and focus on ‘suggestive hypnotherapy’. Much research testifies to its effectiveness. The first session adopts a conventional hypnotherapy approach and presents a generic session with healing affirmations. As we are in deep trance they filter down to the subconscious mind, creating a favourable environment for healing.
As the right brain is more visual, visualisations or guided imagery have proven to be very effective in healing. Guided imagery can be most effective when tailored to specific conditions or processes, but it can be applied generally too. Chi gung is an energy practice grounded in Chinese medicine for which visualisation of the movement of energy is an essential component. In Chinese medicine disease arises from two underlying causes – depletion or stagnation. Visualisation practices involve the cultivation of chi (vital energy) to prevent depletion and the smooth flow of chi around the body to prevent stagnation. In China people who are very poorly often start chi gung practice just with visualisation to strengthen their chi before they go on to the movement practices. The second session uses a chi gung healing visualisation to strengthen chi and smooth the flow of energy in the body.
- The subconscious mind has access to intuitive knowledge, deeper wisdom
Our subconscious mind (or our ‘higher self’) can be accessed more easily in hypnosis to give us an insight or intuitive sense of what learning there may be in becoming ill. Sometimes illnesses are known to have some symbolic meaning, they may represent something, have a lesson or a purpose for us (e.g. we have a pain in the neck because someone close to us is being a pain in the neck). Sometimes an area of the body has a story to tell and needs to be heard before it can heal.
Sessions 3 and 4 focus on tapping into the intuitive wisdom of the body. This may entail going into body parts, meeting our inner healer/ guide, asking the body what it needs. Session 6 also draws on our intuitive wisdom in creating a happy and harmonious imagined future.
- We can access memories from the subconscious mind that conscious mind has buried or supressed
Many negative patterns, fears and phobias, illnesses and diseases can be cleared or substantially improved by going back to their ‘source’ – when the energy became frozen, trapped or stuck in the body. By allowing the energy to be move, sensations or emotions to be felt which could not be felt at the time, the root of the illness can be cleared and space can be made for healing. Some therapists believe that it is not necessary to have a great cathartic reaction, but an awareness of sensations in the body and how they want to move, change, evolve is sufficient. The process of session 5, to uncover the source and then following sensations around the body to dissipate trapped energy is inspired by Tipi (Sensory Reliving). The release of energy may be naturally accompanied by some spontaneous movement, emotional expression, releasing sounds or breathing changes (such as yawning or sighing).
Structure of the course: Summary
Taster: Deep relaxation to encourage regeneration, rest, healing, restoration, digestion – activating the parasympathetic nervous system function
- Deep relaxation with suggestions/ affirmations for the subconscious for healing the body, generating optimism, tuning in to what we need to get well
- Deep relaxation for strengthening and harmonising energy in the body – visualisation drawing upon the universal life force in nature to strengthen our energy, eliminate negative/ excess energy and encourage the smooth flow of chi (lifeforce energy) around the body
- Deep relaxation for accessing inner guidance – what the body needs for its deepest healing. This may include lifestyle and dietary factors, changes we need to make in our lives or our thinking.
- Deep relaxation to understand the symbolic meaning of the illness, what we can learn from it, what it represents, what its purpose is. Speaking to the body. Acknowledging and showing gratitude to our illness and letting it go.
- Deep relaxation to access buried memories and release stuck or trapped energy or emotion. This involves going back to the ‘source’ or origin of the illness to release any energy, charge or emotion. This may involve following sensations around the body, spontaneous movement, emotional expression, releasing sounds or breathing changes (such as yawning or sighing).
- Deep relaxation for a new trajectory – starting afresh – what next – what do we need to bring in to our lives? Group sharing. Visioning
It is recommended that you keep a journal to record your own process, experiences and insights.
Please bring with you what you need to lie comfortably on the floor (yoga mat, blanket, sheepskin, sleeping bag, pillow or cushion – whatever is best for you)