Improve Your Life by learning Self-Hypnosis



I love self-hypnosis. As a hypnotherapist here in Portland, OR, I use a variety of techniques to help people control their pain and anxiety. The first thing I like to teach my clients when they come into my office is a color visualization exercise. Learning and practicing this is a good way to build resources for all visualizations and self-hypnosis.

1. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis.

2. Imagining the colors of the rainbow is a familiar place to begin to encourage your own abilities.

3. Memorize the acronym ROY G. BIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet. Enjoy yourself!

4. As with any new technique, you will need to practice it to realize its benefit.

5. You will also be using the power of your breath control for relaxation and focus.

6.  Attentive breathing is the key to relaxation.

7. Breathe in to the count of four, hold for a count of four, then release to the count    of eight.

8. Check to see if your body is truly in a comfortable position, stretch a little, yawn and make sure your feet are planted on the floor, feeling centered…and breathe as instructed three times. Do this slowly, mindfully. Take your time.

9. Try this again. Practicing correct breathing is the foundation of becoming less stressed and less anxious.

10. You may discover that it’s easier to concentrate on the breath when your eyes   are closed during practice.

Enjoy changing the colors with your imagination. When you close your eyes to see each color, you may need to use a paint brush to spread the color over a surface. Remember, the whole idea is to see the colors. However you do that is best.

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