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Going into Shock

Going into Shock

How Hypnosis Can Diminish the
Psychological and Physical Symptoms of Shock

Please check out the video by BWRT creator, Terence Watts.

What Happens When A Person Goes into Shock?

Going into ShockMany different types of situations or events can put someone in a state of shock. Have you ever been stunned by receiving a phone call announcing the sudden passing of a dear friend or relative, or that your child was in a serious car accident?

At first, though you might be very surprised, you manage to go about your daily routine. Until, that is, the reality of the event sets in. Because of the shock to your nervous system, you begin to experience a profoundly stressful physiological response, such as shallow breathing and an increase in your blood pressure.

Slowly, as your brain absorbs the long-term impact of how this might affect your life, a wave of anxiety and panic rush through your system. Over time, going into shock could gradually affect the functioning of your immune and nervous system, resulting in serious repercussions.

The Experience of Going into Shock Originates in Your Reptilian Brain

The experience of going into shock is part of your reptilian brain’s “fight or flight response mechanism.”  Near your frontal lobe, are two very important organs: the hippocampus, and the amygdala.

The hippocampus helps you process emotions, while the amygdala also regulates emotions such as experiencing fear. The initial effects of going into shock can result in obsessive-compulsive thinking (i.e. “why did I let my son go out to play?”) and self-blame (i.e. “Why didn’t I see this coming?”) Unfortunately, this constant focus on what went wrong, and how things spiraled out of control keeps you locked in the same “thought-cycle” over and over.

If you’re focusing on the “threat response,” your brain is unable to relax. From 911 to ISIS to the latest bombing, we’re all being exposed to a low-level threat response daily. During these stressful periods, it’s important to adopt a calmer perspective to life events that are so difficult to accept. At times this might mean turning off your cell phone, avoiding news channels and taking a break from Facebook.

There are Various Types of Shock

Doctors have identified many different psychological states which can be classified as being in a “state of shock.” I’ve included just a few here as illustrations. For example, if someone has been physically or emotionally abused as a child, or exposed to domestic violence, they have experienced Sympathetic Shock. One might not even detect that this person experienced trauma unless you knew them very well.

Meanwhile, another manifestation of Sympathetic Shock is what “work-a-holics” experience daily: people who scurry around, running from one task to another without being fully “present” for any of them. Hasn’t everyone experienced this, at some point? As your pulse rate increases, you begin to feel anxious and constantly hyper-aware of what tasks need to be completed.

Parasympathetic Shock occurs when your nervous system is very overloaded, causing you to feel exhausted, numb or depressed. In this form of shock, you can’t seem to focus or get anything done. To take this one step further, isn’t it easy to see how most of us resort to eating sugary sweets and fast food just to give ourselves a temporary lift out of being in Sympathetic/Parasympathetic Shock?

Going into Shock is Serious Business

The most serious forms of shock are Neurogenic shock, which occurs after damage to the central nervous system, (i.e. a spinal cord injury), and Circulatory Shock, which is actually  classified as a life-threatening medical emergency. Circulatory Shock has actually been identified as one of the most common causes of death for the critically ill; and therefore immediate treatment of its symptoms is critical to survival.

How Hypnosis Addresses the Core Reasons for Going into Shock

Hypnotherapy helps with pre-and post-shock symptoms as it allows individuals to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories we may have hidden from our conscious minds. Using guided relaxation and metaphorical stories, hypnotherapy is highly effective in treating the deeper emotions and experiences that caused this state of shock. Hypnotic regression also enables the client to view the original trauma experience from a different perspective, diminishing their need to revisit the memory.  The emotional release of becoming free from these memories, sometimes suppressed for many years, can be life changing.

Regaining Equilibrium through Other Trauma Reducing Techniques

Other processes are also used to assist in neutralizing highly sensitizing memories. One of these, called The Rewind Technique, enables your subconscious mind to return to a more tranquil state acknowledging that “life is more normal now.” Thus begins the process of returning your nervous system to equilibrium. One of the most primary needs of all human beings is the knowledge that their basic needs are being met (i.e. food, water, shelter), and that “life is good; thus, life is normal.”

Seeking the Advice of a Medical Professional May be Very Important

Depending upon the seriousness of the traumatic impact to the client’s psyche, a hypnotist may need to contact their primary physician to obtain permission prior to treatment. In the event of encountering someone suffering from either Neurogenic or Circulatory shock, it would be advisable to immediately seek medical attention. Though professionally trained hypnotists are skilled in assisting highly anxious clients, they may not possess adequate knowledge of human anatomy and nervous system functioning to work at a deeper level with the client/patient. Some hypnotists are actually trained in Medical Hypnosis, and even work in hospitals.

Please check out the following video by its creator, Terence Watts, on this very effective, highly acclaimed process:



Want to hear more about how hypnotherapy and other therapeutic processes can relieve you of the symptoms of being in shock? Contact Katie at (503) 349-4619.

How hypnosis works to help you reach your maximum potential

How hypnosis works to help you reach your maximum potential

People experience hypnosis when both
their mind and body are willing to relax

How hypnosis worksAll humans are unique, and thus how hypnosis works will be different for each of us. Some will naturally anticipate enjoying it, while others may feel a little nervous at first.

Some clients are hesitant to allow their thoughts to slow down, because their critical mind is acting as a sentry, guarding them from relaxing and accepting new approaches to achieving their goals. Often, clients are more relaxed by the second session.

A good hypnotist will never push a client to become more relaxed. We’re not biologically designed to speed up certain processes in the mind/body matrix. We’re incapable of forcing someone to go to sleep more quickly, for example. In fact, doing so creates resistance, and produces the opposite effect. Learning to relax your mind involves implicitly accepting that for a certain amount of time, you’re willing to suspend other concerns. That’s how hypnosis works.

The more your cognitive mind becomes distracted,
the greater your receptivity to hypnotic suggestions

During a normal day at work, you may, for example, tend to be focused on tasks that involve computation, planning, making decisions affecting production of a product, designing a brochure, or expanding a business. In short, you’re utilizing your cognitive (conscious) mind to accomplish these goals. How hypnosis works is to distract your conscious mind. It’s unable to process information in its customary, analytical manner. This creates an opportunity to engage your subconscious mind.

How hypnosis works is that you’re
always aware while in the hypnotic state

Just to clarify: you are never unconscious during a hypnosis session. That is to say, you never lose consciousness. You’ll always hear the hypnotist’s voice, though it may begin to seem distant once you’re deeply relaxed. If a client falls asleep they will still be receptive to hypnotic suggestions, because their subconscious is listening.

How hypnosis works is to uncover your true potential for change

Gradually your mind accepts the fact that you no longer need to exert conscious control of your thoughts and feelings, as you subconsciously become aware of what the hypnotist is saying, while feeling relaxed and somewhat detached.

For example, the hypnotist may suggest you reflect on a painful circumstance you experienced in your past. Possibly memories or feelings which you’d long ago forgotten might surface, or you might perceive the experience very differently than how you’d remembered it. This is completely natural and normal.

The hypnotist might engage you in conversation to help you reframe your feelings towards this event in a more positive light. Later, as you reflect back upon your session, you’ll likely notice that a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, causing you to feel more confident and at peace. Yet, how hypnosis works is always different for everyone.

Many different circumstances lead people to seek a hypnotist

The reasons people seek hypnosis vary widely from one person to the next. Fear of leaving the home, fear of not reaching one’s monthly sales quota, lowering alcohol intake and a desire to discover the most suitable career path are just a few examples. Hypnotherapy can be an important tool to increase your self-confidence in a myriad of ways. Remember, a little change in one area of your life can dramatically affect the entire spectrum of your life.

One of the extra bonuses I provide all of my clients is an MP3 or cd recording of each session. Being diligent about listening to your session recording a few times a week will definitely help with your daily progress.

Are there any other questions lingering in your mind that you’d like to ask? If so, post them below, and I’ll respond to them shortly or call me and schedule a complimentary session.

The Top 3 questions People Ask About Hypnosis

90% of people who come to see me don’t know what hypnotherapy is.  What they do know is they want to make a change.  As you read this right now, you know you want to make a change, and you’re aware that resources are out there to make it happen.

So today’s post is all about answering the top 3 questions about what hypnotherapy is, and what it takes to take the next step so you can get the help you need.
The very first question that everyone asks is “How does the process of hypnosis actually work?” Hypnosis is a very heightened state of awareness that you reach through deep relaxation. Once your analytical mind is relaxed, I’m able to guide you, through the use of positive suggestions and metaphors, to reframe negative perceptions of outdated beliefs and behaviors. Once these are dispelled from your subconscious mind, you develop a heightened awareness of your true feelings, whether it concerns either a past or present experience.

The second most common question is…..you guessed it! “Katie, will you make me cluck like a chicken?” Absolutely not. As a certified hypnotherapist I have a strong code of ethics. I’m here to help you be your absolute best self . My work involves guiding your subconscious to release sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, while replacing them with more empowering strategies.
Besides, you have your own principles which you’d never violate. (ie would you show up at work dressed in a tiger costume?) If you answered a resounding “No!,” this means you’d never respond to any suggestion contrary to your core beliefs.

I run into people while travelling all over the country, who often ask me “How do I choose a good hypnotherapist?” Here’s both a suggestion and a question: What qualities do you want someone to possess whose mission is to help you make an important change in your life? Some characteristics that spring to mind include being a good listener, being sensitive to your personal need for help, and displaying a broad knowledge of hypnosis, including how to address your unique situation. And above all, making sure they are fully certified in hypnotherapy by a physical college (not an online institution).

Hopefully by now you’re aware that when using hypnosis, changes to your personal behavior and beliefs are experienced as a result of reaching heightened self-awareness through deep relaxation, and that certified hypnotists practice high ethical standards preventing any violation of your personal codes of conduct. Finally, consider the qualities and values you’re seeking in the hypnotherapist who will help you achieve successful results. It will be well worth the effort.

Are there any other questions lingering in your mind that you’d like to ask? If so, post them below, and I’ll respond to them shortly.

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