FAQ About the Sessions, etc.
05/23/06 05:37 PM
Should I use hypnotherapy as an alternative to seeing my doctor? The answer is NO.
It is not an alternative to seeking proper medical care. hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy and should, where needed be used in partnership with conventional medicine. Your physician’s or gastroenterologist’s training in diagnosis cannot be replaced by a clinical hypnotherapist. Check out all health problems first with your doctor if in any doubt and then you can combine both a Physician's and a professional Hypnotherapist healing methods.
Can I be forced into trance?
No. It is a state of mind that needs your co-operation. No one goes against their own unique code of behavior in hypnotherapy.
Am I too strong willed to be hypnotized?
Strength of will plays no part in the process.
I am too intelligent to be hypnotized!
No. The higher the intelligence and imagination the better.
Do hypnotized persons lose control of themselves?
Quite the opposite, the client is in control of their trance, and is being guided by the hypnotherapist, and will only do that which seems right and is helpful.
Could I get 'stuck' in trance?
No. It simply doesn’t happen.
Will I be unconscious when in hypnotherapy? No. No loss of consciousness is involved. Individuals will be perfectly aware of their surroundings, including sounds, movements and smells and will be hyper-sensitive to touch. Some individuals will achieve a deeper level of trance than others. However, the results remain the same. Physical contact is not needed in any part of the process.
Is my problem to trivial to be bothered with? Any problem which affects our lives is not trivial. IBS is certainly not trivial, it affects the lives of the sufferer and their families.
How was it developed?
The whole process began in 1993, when Michael became interested in IBS, due to increased referrals from doctors and gastroenterologists who could not help with current treatments. At this time, IBS was a new label, placed on an old condition. For several years Michael wrote specific hypnotherapy processes, and amended them, to match the needs of presenting patients. However, it became clear that there were many common threads to IBS symptoms, and he focused on these and continued to refine his processes.
After several years, his success in treating this condition became better known locally, and he began receiving referrals from gastroenterologists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, as well as, by word of mouth from IBS sufferers who had been helped.
One medical practice then invited Michael to take part in a medical research project, that the practice would fund and this was conducted over a 12 month period.
After the project was over, it showed an overall reduction in all symptoms of approximately 80% of the patients. This was borne out by Michael’s own finding in his practice. However, it was important because the figures came from patients, selected by doctors whose orthodox approach had not been found to alleviate the symptoms.
After the project Michael continued to refine his processes, and decided to take these new processes from the clinical environment and transfer them onto audio tape and CD for patients who could not attend his daily practice.
To test the efficiency and effectiveness of this audio program, Michael asked new patients to his practice if they would consider being involved in private research trials.
Once the program was completed the findings were logged, and the patients were contacted for 3 years after completion of the Program to obtain development history and progress. These findings will be published soon.
Do they work ?
Years of clinical research and active clinical application show that 80 – 90% or more of individuals obtained relief by using the program. Most of these results were improvements over and above conventional IBS treatment methods. Of course, as with all treatment methods, the sessions are not a panacea, and not everyone is the same and individual circumstances vary. However, most users do obtain results not only in IBS, but other areas too, in clearer thinking, better judgment, less stress, some report better concentration, improved sleep patterns, as well as other positive improvements.
Any side effects are feelings of well being and calmness. Because the processes are natural, not intrusive in anyway, no drugs or potions, or manipulation, there is no way that negative side effects could be developed.
Will I be unconscious when in hypnosis?
No. No loss of consciousness is involved. Individuals will be perfectly aware of their surroundings, including sounds, movements and smells and will be hyper-sensitive to touch. Some individuals will achieve a deeper level of trance than others. However, the results remain the same. Physical contact is not needed in any part of the process
Do I lose consciousness?
No it simply does not happen. Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis (an altered state of consciousness) as a therapy for a wide range of problems. In this case, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Hypnotherapy is not Stage Hypnosis, which is completely different from the Clinical Hypnotherapy processes used in the program
What if I fall asleep during the sessions?
It is quite common and natural for individuals to sometimes drift into sleep while listening to the sessions. If this happens, don’t worry, don’t try to stay awake; if you do this then you are tensing yourself up and not getting the best results of the program. Remember that your subconscious mind is always alert to keep you safe. The program sessions are still effective if you fall asleep. Some individuals fall asleep and some do not, it doesn’t really matter.
How long do I have to listen to the program.
The program is structured (refer to informational booklet enclosed with program) and is completed over 100 days, with rest days allocated in-between. After the initial listening, users are encouraged to listen to the final session for a little while, to ensure the learned processes are imbedded into the subconscious.
In all there are 20 ‘rest days’ where no listening of the program is required.
What can I expect when using the program?
Initially most listeners can expect a general feeling of continued calmness and deepening relaxation. Improvement of IBS symptoms is realised within varied time-frames for each individual. There is no need to worry about having any pre-conceived time-frame for feeling better. Just allow the program to do its work, and be sure to complete it according to the provided schedule. No matter at what point during or after program completion that you begin to experience symptom improvement, it has been shown that the majority of listeners continue to experience on-going symptom mitigation in the months and even years that follow.
What do I have to do ?
Simply listen. Find a time that is your own when you will not be disturbed, and listen to the program as guided.
Can I set my CD player to play back only today's session?
Almost all CD players offer a "Programming" feature which allows a listener to set the order in which tracks are played back. This feature can also be used to make the CD player play one track only -- for instance, the day's session on the IBS Audio Program 100®.
Because there are only two tracks on each disc of the IBS Audio Program 100®, you will only have to program your player when listening to track 1. When you play track 2, the player will stop automatically at the end of the disc.
Read the owner's manual for your CD player to learn how to program your specific model. After programming the day's track, be sure that your CD player is not set to "repeat" mode, to avoid hearing the track more than once.
If you do not have an owner's manual handy, try using these generic instructions as a guide:
Many CD players can be programmed by the following steps:
1. Make sure the CD is stopped.
2. Press the button labeled "program" or "memory."
3. Using the forward/reverse buttons, select track 1.
4. Press the button labeled "program" or "memory" once more, to add the track to programmed play.
5. Press play to finish the program and start the playback.
To play track 2 only, just skip forward to track 2 and press play; the player will stop automatically after the track.
If you are shopping for a new CD player, look for terms on the player packaging such as "playback modes," "memory features," "track selection," and "favorite track," which indicate that the player has a programming feature.
What is the best time to listen to the recordings?
Whatever fits into your daily routine. Some listen to them in the morning, some prefer after the day has finished, whatever fits into your schedule.
What if I can’t do it ?
There is nothing to do, except listen and lay quietly.
Do people ever become clear of IBS.
Some people do walk away from IBS, however, we do not call the program a cure, medically there is not an organic cause that the doctors can find wrong, although they have clues as to the mind-gut connection, so without a physical problem, few doctors would use the word cure. This however does not detract from the fact that some people do become symptom free.
Do symptoms ever return?
Improvement for most individuals is very subtle and gradual. Some people find that their symptoms get better, then come back again for a while. This happens with some people for two reasons. One is that IBS has been with the individual for such a long time that the old negative IBS thoughts come back while trying to resist the new positive thoughts. These positive thoughts become stronger and stronger until the old IBS thoughts become old and weak and gradually dissipate and symptoms again improve. Much is dependent upon duration and severity of symptoms of the IBS.
Also, the individual must remember that as human beings, we all experience digestive symptoms from time to time, and it isn’t necessarily the IBS coming back.
What if I miss listening to a day’s session?
If you have missed just one day, then go back a day and re-listen to that session, and the next day listen to the missed session and carry on from there.
What are the benefits of using the program over seeing a hypnotherapist in person?
First, finding a hypnotherapist who has the background, training and is a specialist in the knowledge of IBS is a task in itself. However, in the UK, you may find a qualified IBS hypnotherapist if you refer to the UK Register of IBS Therapists. The UK is one of the leaders in using hypnotherapy for this condition, some hospital gastroenterology departments employ hypnotherapists for this condition.
Cost might be a constraint.
The price of the IBS Audio Program 100® is very cost effective in that, in many cases, it is equivalent to, or even less than, the fee charged for ONE session of live one-to-one clinical hypnotherapy.
No appointments to keep, or traffic to travel through.
Developed for home use, no unfamiliar noises, odors or surroundings, this allows you to be truly ‘at home with your program’.
My Journey and Success with the IBS Audio Program Hypnotherapy Program: www.helpforibs.com/messageboards/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=hypnotherapy&Number=224850