From time to time I come across a client who I know would benefit from additional therapy such as holistic massage, osteopathy, acupuncture, reflexology etc and, like most therapists, I have a network of colleagues that I can refer clients to. Similarly, I am fortunate in that those other therapists will occasionally refer their clients to me for hypnotherapy.
Together we work with the clients, complementing each other’s therapy. This is because we are acutely aware of the mind-body connection. For example, we know that our thoughts can cause us to become physically tense, or if we are in pain we can become depressed or moody.
Have you ever noticed yourself clutching the steering wheel really tightly because someone has just upset you? Or you don’t get migraines when you’re on holiday? Or you get stomach cramps before meetings at work? Being stressed can even impact on your blood pressure, immune system or reproductive system.
When clients are referred to me from other therapists, I work with the clients using Solution Focused techniques designed to help them cope better with the emotional stresses they are experiencing. In this way clients learn a more relaxed approach to the events in their life, which in turn leads to a release of physical tension and relief from other stress-related symptoms.
Hypnotherapy can have other physical benefits too. It may be that the client becomes more motivated to exercise, or chooses to eat more healthily, or manages to sleep better, which of course helps both the mind and the body.
It’s absolutely fascinating how the mind affects the body, and vice versa.