Posted by journeysinward | Posted in Hypnotherapy, Phobias and Fears Hypnotherapy | Posted on 10-02-2011-05-2008
Claustrophobia is one of many phobias that make sufferers custom tailor their lives to avoid situations that cause them to experience the symptoms of an irrational fear. Although claustrophobia is simply defined as the fear of closed spaces, it can be manifested in many different ways: in crowds, in elevators or airplanes, and in extreme cases even in places that are unknown or unfamiliar to the sufferer. Like all fears, the threat is perceived as real whether it is real or not, and the body responds in a classic fight or flight autonomic nervous system response.
In 1991, a young slightly overweight man with an injured back was stuck in an MRI machine, in a vault at the University of Florida Hospital new MRI research facility, in Tampa Florida. In those days, the lined vault was to reduce the sounds of the magnets and keep the magnetic energy confined to one area. Let me quote him: “And, there I was, being scanned for injured disks, except, I was overweight, and I got stuck in the MRI, and in my fear, I was transported to another place and time, where I was buried alive. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t scratch my way out. I panicked. I couldn’t get out.” This is a common complaint of those with claustrophobia in unknown places.
This type of claustrophobic experience can be treated very successfully with hypnosis because hypnosis has no negative side effects, it’s not invasive, and is proven to be safe. The primary focus of hypnosis for phobias is helping the sufferer become relaxed and safely release the anxiety that has caused them to be afraid and help them to adapt to be able to live a happier life without any form of experiencing that fear.
Anxiousness often creates the body’s first symptoms that make people feel really uncomfortable and filled with unjustifiable fears. Learning to relax your mind and body to relieve that anxiety puts the body and mind in a position to learn, entrain, and live with new improved ways of responding to fear-based stimuli. It is when you are completely relaxed, in a hypnotic state, that you can successfully release those fears forever.
One successful process of hypnosis that can be used for claustrophobics is disassociating negative thoughts from specific situations. The trigger situation is more easily addressed and desensitized while the subject is in a hypnotic state and transformative ideas and images can be progressively added to the mix, and new memory associations can be stored in the subconscious causing a different reaction. In this way, the desensitization and removal of the impact of phobias, after only one hypnosis session, is often the normal when working with those who’ve experienced claustrophobia.
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