I.B.S. And the Mind Body Connection
Did you know that your mind has the enormous capacity to influence your body? Have you ever woken up from a scary dream and your heart was still pounding or your breathing was erratic? Even though there wasn't anything ACTUALLY happening to you? The scary dream was "all in your mind" - and yet your body responded as if it was actually happening. Your creative imagination caused your body to change. The human mind is comprised of 2 parts, the Conscious and Subconscious (SC), both of which have a vital role to play. I like to use an iceberg to demonstrate. An iceberg is often a HUGE piece of ice, with only a small portion visible above the waterline (the Titanic was testament to that). The diagram below shows a basic rundown on what the 2 portions of your mind are responsible for:
For those with I.B.S, the important bits are that the SC Mind is responsible for involuntarily bodily functions (digestion for example) and Protective Responses (Physical and Mental Stress Reactions). Your subconscious mind has direct control over how smoothly your body functions (or doesn't function).
Using the iceberg as an example again, you can see that the SC mind comprises approximately 88% of your full mental abilities. It really truly does drive the bus!
Hypnosis is an excellent way to access the Subconscious Mind in order to make positive changes to how your mind-body connection works. It can be used to activate and direct your natural healing processes as well as change how your mind & body respond to stimulants that typically cause you anxiety. Once you have your SC working for you, many aspects of your life will improve!
One of the beautiful things about hypnosis-based changes is that they are powerful yet subtle. I recall a client who came to see me for workplace stress and after a few sessions, she said that although she didn't feel hugely different, she definitely felt as though everyone at the office was being much nicer. Of course, she also realized that it was highly unlikely that everyone else had changed and that what had really changed was her response to them. She found herself to feel much calmer and far less concerned by the irritations of life. Willpower wasn't required at all!
So how does this help you? Well, when you start implementing self-hypnosis in your life, you will discover that stressful situations won't be quite as bothersome any more. Which means you'll be able to start enjoying life again without a grumbly stomach. Hypnosis (trance) is a very natural state and is quite easy to achieve once you learn how to voluntarily access it! You'll be able to call upon calm soothing feelings in the midst of your most hectic schedule!
There is plenty of evidence that the mind can in fact influence the body. And your mind is just as capable!