Irritable Bowel Syndrome Hypnosis

Gut Directed Hypnotherapy
in the treatment of
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Hypnotherapy is effective in relieving the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome*

Hypnotherapy is an effective method of treating the uncomfortable symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The physical symptoms include pain, inflammation of the gut wall, diarrhoea or constipation, nausea and bloating. This condition also is often associated with psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.  The good news is that specifically targeted hypnotherapy can often relieve these common symptoms.

The interaction of the brain and the gut can affect our overall physiological and psychological well-being.  Known as the brain-gut axis, a bi-directional interaction between the gut and the central nervous system, it plays a vital role in the regulation of digestive processes and gut associated immune function, and helps to modulate both physical and psychological processes.

In gut-directed hypnotherapy suggestions are made that directly impact upon gut-function. These suggestions are designed to create improved control and normalisation of function, while creating a sense of calm that further assists in the relief of symptoms. The carefully crafted hypnotic suggestions are designed to change the client’s individual beliefs around their gut function and to generate physiological change.Regulation of gut health is affected by cognitive and emotional processes and gut function is potentially negatively impacted by environmental stressors and anxiety.

Research in Australia, the US and the UK has shown that gut-directed hypnotherapy can improve regulation of digestive processes both by directly impacting on gut function through specific hypnotic suggestion, and in reducing overall cognitive and emotional stress and/or anxiety. 

Hypnotherapy is the application of therapeutic techniques while the client is in a calm state. The hypnotic state is an altered state of consciousness that creates an environment within the individual that alters the way information is processed. In this state, targeted suggestions made by a trained hypnotherapist can generate changes in the perceptions, sensations, emotional responses, thoughts, behaviours and physiological responses of the client. The client remains in control and aware of what is happening throughout.

As anxiety and depression are a common part of the IBS sufferers experience, specific therapy to reduce these symptoms, is an essential part of this treatment.

This takes two forms:
1. Anxiety / Depression that are not related to the IBS is addressed. This might relate to earlier life experiences that have created long-term emotional distress, or more recent events in the client’s life. Using targeted methods to address the specific concerns of the individual, anxiety and depressive symptoms can be greatly reduced in a relatively short time.  This treatment frees the client from the emotional distress and generates a greater sense of inner strength and psychological well-being.

2. Anxiety / Depression that are related to the IBS are addressed. Living with IBS creates a high level of anxiety in many sufferers and the negative impacts on daily functioning can exacerbate depressive symptoms. Fear of being unable to control bowel movements can often keep sufferers housebound, and the longer this continues the greater the likelihood of associated anxiety and depression increasing.  As the body and mind respond to the treatment, symptoms are naturally and gently reduced, and a calmer, more positive mental state naturally occurs.

I have successfully treated many clients with IBS. 
Call today on 0409 803 696 to discuss your own individual circumstances and discover how I can help you to overcome this distressing and uncomfortable condition.

*Each client is an individual and results may vary for each client.

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