When my cancer was active (I had a rarer form of non Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) termed mantle cell lymphoma),I used hypnosis to manage my health and my body's response to chemotherapy. While the pain was marginal, the discomfort, depression and anxiety were at times very high. Hypnosis gave me an additional leg up to preparing my body for chemo and radiation therapy and also helped me to bring my mind and self to center.
There is no way I can say that hypnosis cured my cancer - but I am convinced it helped me significantly in coping with it the situation and preparing my body for recovery. What I learned during this time of healing for me is that our bodies are very strong, and when we come to that realization, we can leverage the power of our subconscious mind to have your internal systems start to work more for your benefit.
In no way I am saying that one should give up their medical team - they are amazing folks and I am so thankful for their dedication. In fact, the Johns Hopkins team that saved me I will be grateful to for the rest of my life. But if you are coping through cancer or any other life challenging health crisis, I encourage you to tap into your subconscious mind and start encouraging your body to heal from within.
It's just as effective as in person hypnosis but there are enormous advantages. The client can be remote - which is great when the client is restricted in place - maybe they are bed bound or in hospice care. It also allows for greater confidentiality - the client doesn't need to go to the 'hypnotist's' office. Transportation issues go away as well - all one needs is a phone line. The client can control their environment more - if they need more warmth, etc. And often the client feels safer because they are maintaining a lot of control by being in their own environment. Additionally, the cost is typically lower - or at least it is for my clients - since overhead costs are reduced.
Other points that I have noticed include a slightly stronger hypnotic effect, I think this is because the client is hearing me through earbuds or headphones. Messaging is going in directly and more effectively. Clients seem to be even more relaxed maybe because they are on their own turf.
Clients have recently used my telephone hypnosis sessions for assistance in managing anxiety, stress, pain, nail biting and smoking. If you are considering hypnosis but concerned about any of the issues mentioned above, consider remote hypnosis - it works just as effectively.
Scott Howard is an NGH certified consulting hypnotist and the President of the Baltimore City Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Scott is dedicated to helping everyday people with everyday problems through hypnosis and life coaching.