As a massage therapist, you are consistently educating yourself on new techniques and modalities to better serve your clients. After all, you have been called to be a healer and improve the lives of others! You’re already aware of the transformative effect that bodywork has, and today we’ll look at some reason you may want to consider adding Hypnotherapy to your skill set to truly integrate mind-body-soul wellness.
- When the mind can release emotional blockages, the body can release the tension held in the body by that emotion.
You’ve probably experienced quite a few emotional releases on the massage table and are aware that emotions get stored in the body. Our thoughts effect our physiology – when we are tense, our muscles are tense; when we are anxious, we tend to make our physical-self smaller though posture.
Hypnotherapy addresses the root cause of many aches and pains by tapping in to the subconscious and facilitating shifts in thought patterns and held beliefs. Combining the therapeutic benefits of bodywork with the life-changing power of hypnotherapy, you can aid your client in achieving a deeper level of relaxing and healing.
- You can combine hypnotherapy and massage in the same session.
Once you understand how to write a hypnotherapy script, you’ll be able to design and customize your session to sync with the massage. Just as you already do an intake form for the body, you will integrate a sort of “mental intake” form with your clients. You may discover the tension in their upper back is actually due to grief; when one is grieving, they tend to hold their shoulders up and their neck down as a subconscious protective measure. In a massage and hypnotherapy session, you will be able to address the physical issue and emotional cause concurrently.
Many spas are encouraging holistic modalities such as reiki and polarity during massage, and some have already began offering “hypno-massages”. Broadening your toolbox by adding hypnotherapy is not only beneficial to your clients, it sets you apart in the industry and gives you the opportunity to offer both types of sessions separately or at the same time.
- You can become a hypnotherapist in just 13 weeks with SWIHA’s online Fast Track option.
At SWIHA, you can receive a comprehensive Hypnotherapy education online in just over three months beginning May 18th, 2020 or July 6th, 2020. Our 100-Hour Hypnotherapy Certificate of Excellence includes three foundational modules that focus on personal enrichment and self-empowerment. It also offers additional skills designed to enhance the skill set of currently practicing holistic healthcare practitioners. You will receive a solid holistic overview of the history, theory and evolution of this life-enhancing modality. During the third module of training, you’ll observe and practice introductory hypnosis techniques, as well as have the opportunity to invite friends and family to do complimentary sessions. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for membership with either the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (NATH) or American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH). Many graduates of this program go on to study for the Advanced Professional Hypnotherapy Certificate of Excellence.
Linda Bennett is Senior Curriculum Specialist and the Hypnotherapy Program Director at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and will be your mentor as you prepare to serve others in a loving and profitable way. With over twenty-five years of experience, Linda can provide you with a learning experience you’ll benefit from for a lifetime.