Gut Directed Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a natural phenomeon. We all go into informal trance states multiple times during the day such as when we are absorbed in a good book or daydreaming. It is essentially a certain type of focusing which allows the critical conscious mind to relax, so the body/mind can restore and be more receptive to shifting into new perspectives/pathways more easily.
Gut directed hypnosis aims to weaken the conscious (often negative) connection between the brain and the gut, yet strengthen the subconscious connection between the brain and the gut with positive suggestions. Under trance we are more open to positive suggestions of healing. In addition, we are eliciting the relaxation response which also soothe's the BGA (brain gut axis) connection and of course our general arousal level, which can directly impact on our gut's functioning and our overall well-being.
Hypnosis is perfectly safe and its only directed towards a very light trance state. There is no correlation between depth of trance and the efficacy of hypnosis for your gut. Even just if you feel more relaxed and reduce your arousal level, this still can have a very significant impact on your gut symptoms as stress and anxiety is associated with poor gut functioning. Research has shown meditation helps with gut functioning, however the beauty of gut directed hypnosis is that you are directly working with the BGA and implanting positive suggestions. Under trance we are more receptive to suggestions.
Gut directed hypnosis has shown to be just as effective, if not slightly better than a low-FODMAP diet.
Important points to consider:
Hypnosis is not a form of mind control and you can't be forced to do anything you don't want to do while under hypnosis.
Depth of trance does not correlate with effectiveness of hypnosis.
If you are depressed, hypnosis may not be suitable however there are other options we can offer you.