Thursday, June 4

‘Hypnotherapy can help resolve many of life’s problems’

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ALTERNATIVE THERAPY: Chai (right) demonstrates how hypnosis works on his wife.

KUCHING: Today’s fast-paced lifestyle often leaves many feeling very stressed but whatever the problems may be, hypnotherapy may hold the key in dealing with the issues.

Even people facing life-challenging illnesses, such as cancer, can seek alternative therapies to help them cope with some of the stress.

Clinical hypnotherapist Sunny Chai emphasised in his talk on hospice care yesterday that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind.

“A healthy mind leads to a healthier lifestyle, hence promoting better health and better quality of life,” he said.

“The days of believing that the health of mind and body could be separate issues are long gone,” Chai added.

He pointed out that those things perceived as problems can be dealt with using the unique state of hypnosis in a natural, fast and non-physical way.

A small group of people attended the talk held at the National Cancer Society Malaysia, Sarawak Branch, at Central Park Commercial Centre here.

Hypnotherapy, Chai said, could be described as an approach for accessing and facilitating human potential to perform effective and lasting change work.

“I believe that each and every individual has the potential and resources within them to solve problems and change,” he added.

“It is now understood that physical and psychological well being are inseparable. As a result, it is now possible to change those things perceived to be problems via utilising the unique state of hypnosis and making changes at the unconscious level,” Chai added.

Hypnotherapy, Chai added, can help a person to achieve transformation that is lasting.

He assured that the non-invasive and drug free treatment method is one of the safest and most comfortable ways to achieve quick and elegant change in an individual’s life.

“Hypnotherapy has been used to help people stop smoking, lose unnecessary habits and fears, manage their weight and physical pain, relieve stress and anxiety, and manage heartbreak and grief as well as enhance performance in personal and social life,” he said.

However, Chai cautioned that hypnotherapy does not produce miracles and is not a panacea for every type of problem.

“Every individual progress in different pace and the result will be different too. Depending on the client and type of change the client desires, it can take between a single to several sessions spreading over several weeks to effect the desired change,” he said.

On how hypnotherapy works, Chai explained that hypnosis is a tool which allows the therapist to speak directly into a person’s subconscious mind and bypass certain psychological barriers which the person may or may not be aware of.

“The hypnotherapist acts as a facilitator to guide the client access resources in their subconscious to effect change. I help and show them how they can achieve the goal,” he said.

Chai holds a Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) and is also an associate member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH).

A chartered certified accountant by qualification, he has been interested in hypnosis since he was young, but the interest was only developed during his undergraduate days when he read accounting and finance at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Chai concluded that the right frame of mind was important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.