Hypnosis To Relieve IBS And
Crohn's Related Stress
It has been reported that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS or IBD) and
Crohn's Disease sufferers have found stress seems to make their symptoms worse. Learning relaxation techniques and
exercise programs like meditation, yoga and tai chi can help, alongside other forms of natural
Hypnosis is considered helpful in improving immune function, assisting relaxation,
reducing stress, and feelings of anxiety. Self hypnosis is
particularly helpful because it can be used at times when you are feeling very stressed, and it can be practised at
home when convenient.
To help understand how hypnosis works and how it could help you fight the stress
of IBS, Crohn's Disease and related digestive disorders, please take the time to read the following
Taking the Mystery out of Hypnosis
By Barrie St John - HypnoShop.com
Much of society’s resistance to hypnosis is based on false beliefs perpetuated by a fear of the unknown. I’ve
compiled and addressed some of my favorite myths to help clarify exactly what hypnosis is, and more to point, what
it is not.
Myth #1 - Hypnotists have some kind of special power: Entertainment media plays a
significant role in sensationalizing the word hypnosis. At the risk of demystifying the term, I submit that there
is no trickery involved whatsoever. Skilled hypnotists operate from a basic understanding of humans and human
experiences. The hypnotic state can be achieved alone, which refutes the point that hypnotists are somehow magical.
It also suggests that anyone can induce hypnosis, either on themselves or on someone else. The real skill lies in
how we use hypnosis to influence people.
Myth #2 – Only weak minded people can be hypnotized: Interestingly, concentration is the
basis for achieving hypnosis, and the ability to concentrate requires a strong intellect. The greater your ability
to concentrate, the better a hypnotic subject you will be. Suggestibility is unrelated to intelligence, and our
susceptibility to suggestion is not indicative of weakness or gullibility. The decision to accept a treatment or
service that you feel will benefit you is a conscious, calculated decision, not an act of weak mindedness.
Myth #3 - Hypnosis can only work on certain people: To this, I say, sure… if you really
don’t want to be hypnotized, you can certainly impeach the process. Certain people will benefit more from hypnosis
than others, because they are motivated to get more out of it. Your level of suggestibility cannot be altered, but
your commitment and the degree of concentration that you invest can and will influence how much you get out of
hypnotherapy. Hypnosis works for everyone. It’s the degree that varies, and this variable is entirely up to
Myth #4 – You will be able to recall everything that has ever happened to you: If there is
any benefit to you whatsoever in recalling certain specific times or events in your life, then a good hypnotist can
help you do that. But typically, there is no real need to go back and remember the past. Hypnosis is a natural
state of total relaxation. Regression is a different thing.
Myth #5 - You can be made to say or do something against your will: Hypnosis is a natural
state of complete relaxation, not a state of sleep. In this relaxed state, you become highly susceptible to
suggestion, but you don’t become a different person. Achieving a state of heightened suggestion does not compromise
your faculties, morals, ethics, or beliefs. Being hypnotized won’t lead you to say or do things against your will.
If you’re asked to do something you don’t want to do, you will simply refuse.
Myth #6 – People who are hypnotized become dependent on the hypnotist: Hypnosis when used
as a form of therapy carries no greater risk of dependency than any other form of therapy. While in hypnosis,
you’re in full control of what happens to you. Hypnotherapy is a means of empowerment, achieved with the assistance
of an outside entity. It’s not submissiveness, and it’s not a surrender of control. You have the ability to pull
yourself out spontaneously, at any moment.
Myth #7 – Hypnosis is bad for your health: The irony here is that the very essence of
hypnosis is regularly recommended by physicians and psychotherapists. These trusted health professionals invariably
advise us that we need to relax more, yet they seldom state how. When you are hypnotized, you are quite simply in a
deep, natural state of relaxation.
Myth #8 – When in hypnosis you could get stuck and be unable to wake up: Hypnosis is a
natural state which we all reach from time to time on our own, without prompting of any kind. There is absolutely
no danger of getting stuck in this state. It’s about as likely as getting stuck completely asleep, really. The
worst that can possibly happen is that you drift off into deep sleep for a few minutes, because you are in that
bridged state between awake and asleep.
Myth #9 - You’re asleep or unconscious when in hypnosis: If people were asleep or
unconscious when in hypnosis, they would not be able to report on what they were feeling. In fact, you are fully
aware of what’s happening, and you are able to recall your state of hypnosis. Some describe it as feeling heavy,
some light, others just very relaxed. Typically, the body will feel as though it’s gone to sleep, but the mind
remains alert and receptive to the suggestion.
Myth #10 - Hypnosis is the devils work and is dangerous: In the past I’ve heard some
religious people refer to hypnosis as the ‘devils work’. Like anything else, hypnosis can be used for good or for
bad, but it is left to us to find a trusted hypnotist. Hypnosis is a natural occurring state, widely used by
respected health care professionals. There are lots of doctors who practice hypnotherapy. I doubt very much that
they are in league with the devil.
As with other unknowns, we quite readily make assumptions or suppositions about things that we aren’t sure of,
and usually when we explore more closely, we find the reality is in fact quite different than the impression we had
I hope I’ve managed to dispel some of the untruths about hypnosis, as it would be shame to deny oneself the
benefits of hypnotherapy because of unfounded doubt or false impressions.
Click here for details of how to control your IBS symptoms with hypnosis and enjoy
And for a BBC News article about how hypnosis 'primes' the brain: Hypnosis has 'real' brain effect
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About the Author
Barrie St John is a leading figure in the field of hypnotherapy and personal change. He is the author behind the
best selling self hypnosis CDs and downloads at