So what is Hypnotension? Well the first thing to say is that if you have been given a diagnosis of high blood pressure by a medical professional you need to take it seriously. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a serious condition which, if untreated, could significantly reduce your life expectancy.
The Hypnotension programme is not a magic pill; your Certified Hypnotension Practitioner is not going to just wave a magic wand and return your blood pressure back to normal levels. So all the advice from your medical professional will have to be followed, boring as that may seem. You may need to lose weight, cut down on the alcohol, reduce salt and exercise more.
Now any competent hypnotherapist can make achieving those things much easier, however the Hypnotension programme goes a lot further than that.
So how does the Hypnotension Programme differ
Well the creators of the Hypnotension programme looked at all the research available (of which there is a lot) and devised ways in which we could tackle the underlying emotional factors (we call them “X factors”), in a way that would effectively use the skills hypnotherapists already had. When we looked at all these X factors, we discovered that hypnotherapy was actually a very effective tool to help the client return to normal levels of blood pressure.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recently (Sept 2011) completed a review of hypertension research and has concluded that lifestyle factors and stress play a part in primary hypertension. But your Certified Hypnotension Practitioner will go much further. They will look at all the life experiences and pressures that can play a role in creating and maintaining high blood pressure such as:-
- Childhood events
- Social beliefs and expectations
- Trauma events
- Releasing inappropriate beliefs
- Family pressures
The Hypnotension Practitioner will follow a set of protocols aimed at removing the effects that the x factors have on the body and mind. Clients are guided step by step along a path that can help them achieve insight, let go of emotional baggage and achieve a level of calmness that will surprise many hypertensive clients.
The Hypnotension programme combines cognitive, behavioural and hypnosis based techniques with lifestyle change to tackle the emotional and lifestyle factors which, we believe, underpin many Primary or Essential Hypertension cases.