Cartoons, movie comedies and charlatan shows with turbans on their heads made the practice discredit. But hypnosis can be the solution to problems that many believe are unsolvable, such as obesity, smoking, fear of flying, the dark, of height, depression, anxiety …
The guarantor is the hypnotherapist Alessandro Baitello, who claims to have improved the lives of more than five thousand people in the past 12 years. According to him, the success rate is verified in 92% of the cases.
“We treated the problem after the person ran out of medical help. The person has already been to the doctor, but continues to suffer from impotence or premature ejaculation, for example. We go into the person’s unconscious and do the reframing. We don’t talk about a cure, but about a definitive solution, ”he says.
Baitello exemplifies with the treatment for people who do not have physiological problems (endocrine, for example), but are unable to lose weight. Through hypnosis, a hypnotic balloon is “implanted”. “The person feels that he has a gastric balloon in his stomach, and that makes him eat less and, consequently, lose weight,” he says. According to him, the use of medications is never indicated.
How it works
Baitello explains that, after 12 years of experience, he developed a method. Hypnotherapy is done in a maximum of five sessions. “Never more than that. If you don’t solve it, you won’t solve it anymore ”.
At the first meeting, the person receives information about the method and an assessment is made to determine whether he is fit for hypnotherapy. “There are people who come to us before I go to a doctor. We ask that, first, look for conventional medicine ”, he argues.
From the second session, the hypnosis itself is done. “I ask the person to lie down in an armchair and go on inducing him with the word, until he is in a modified state of consciousness”. With the person in this state, the hypnotherapist asks a series of questions to find the causes of the problem. “When we find it, we refine it.”
It’s not medicine
Baitello is keen to make it clear that hypnotherapy is not a medical procedure. “There are even doctors, dentists and psychologists who use hypnosis, but hypnotherapy is practiced by alternative or complementary therapists. Do not take care of the physical or psychological part. A doctor is the one who takes care of the pathology. We work on the emotional part. We do not consider ourselves health professionals, but well-being professionals ”, he stresses.
The expert points out that, unfortunately, anyone can practice hypnosis. “Therefore, it is important to seek assistance only with professionals associated with the National Association of Therapists, who, to be part of it, need a specific hypnotherapy course”.
Myths and truths
Imitating a chicken – It is possible, yes, for a hypnotized person to do something that they normally would not do, such as imitating a chicken. “But therapeutically, it is useless,” says Baitello.
Against the will – It is not possible to hypnotize a person by force. Nor is it possible to force a hypnotist to do something that goes against his principles. “I can only leverage what she already has. If the person has no character, I will not turn him into a thief or a murderer ”, he exemplifies.
Object to hypnotize – It is common in films and cartoons to see the hypnotist swing an object in pendulum movements to make the person lose consciousness. “” In the past, some therapists used the pendulum because it made your eyes tired and your unconscious more focused on what the hypnotist is talking about. Using a swirl card, pocket watch, key or pen is just to take the focus off the other things that are happening around the patient. But today, few people use it ”.
Past lives – Baitello does not believe that hypnosis allows regression to occur, in order to make the person remember having lived in other times. “In all my experience in this area, I have never seen anyone say that it was the castle’s janitor. Now, if during therapy, the person says that he went to Cleopatra and solved her problem, therapeutically, it is valid ”.
Hypnosis through the ages
– In the 18th century, the German doctor Franz Anton Mesmer used a method with characteristics similar to hypnosis. But he soon fell into disbelief, in 1778, for failing to cure a pianist who was a victim of nervous blindness. After that, the method, called “mesmerization”, started to be used in circus shows and ended up being discredited once and for all.
– In the 19th century, hypnosis began to be taken more seriously. In 1843, Scottish physician James Braid changed the term “mesmerization” to “hypnosis”, in an allusion to Hypnos, the Greek goddess of sleep.
– There are reports that, in 1845, another James, surname Esdaile, used hypnosis in surgeries with amputation.
– At the same time, the subject caught the attention of Frenchman Jean-Martin Charcot, considered the father of neurology, and of Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov.
– At the beginning of his career, Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, used hypnosis in an attempt to cure cases of hysteria, but abandoned the method because he believed that hypnosis could not break the unconscious resistance of patients to remember the source of the trauma.
– The international scientific community only recognized the effectiveness of hypnosis in 1997, with a survey by American psychiatrist Henry Szechtman: he made volunteers, under hypnosis, to report hearing non-existent sounds.
– Recently, the Federal Council of Dentistry recognized hypnosis as a scientifically effective practice. The Federal Council of Psychologists approves the practice as an auxiliary resource in the work of professionals in the category.
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