As a therapist, life coach, or other mental health professional, you are focused most on your client’s mind and psychological health. There are times, though, when you may be called upon to help someone deal with physical ailments, or the effects those ailments have on their lives. 
Without medical training and a license to practice medicine, a mental health professional is not able to treat a physical ailment directly. Still, there are ways that psychotherapeutic and mindfulness techniques can be used to help patients deal with their pain or help them to cope with their limitations.  
As an adjunct to medical treatment, a therapist’s help can make a huge difference in the outcome for a patient. Even the seriously or terminally ill can benefit from exploring ways of managing pain and helping their bodies to heal, and learn to come to terms with what lies ahead. 

The mind-body connection is real 

The effect of the mind upon the body, as well as the body’s impact on the mind, has been a subject of study and controversy for centuries. Recently, more schools of thought have recognized the validity of the effects these two parts of the human being have on one another, and therapists are working more with the connection between mind and body. 
This article from Positive Psychology covers the topic of the mind-body connection in psychology thoroughly, and recognizes how the connection between mind and body can be facilitated by opening channels of communication between the subconscious and conscious mind. The article cites three areas of research that have proven this is the case: meditation, mindfulness-based therapy, and hypnotherapy. 
Meditation increases positive emotions and allows the meditator to develop self-compassion. A study employing Functional MRI showed increased activity in the parts of the brain involved with focus and inhibition of impulses, and less activity in the sections responsible for negative emotions. 
Mindfulness-based therapy, which uses body scanning and breathing exercises, has also been proven to relieve symptoms of many diseases and disorders, including depression and anxiety as well as smoking and weight management. 
Hypnotherapy has been proven to help patients reduce or eliminate their physical pain and manage their anxiety. It is also an excellent means for retrieving repressed memories from traumatic experiences that might be creating unwanted behavior in the client. 

Hypnotherapy and the mind-body connection 

In Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy™, as it is taught by The Wellness Institute, the client is invited to explore the connection between the mind and body while in a lightly induced trance state. Various pains or disorders might be given a “voice” that is connected to an emotion. The feeling, in turn, leads to memories from the past, which can be more easily accessed, allowing repressed emotions to be released.  
Once the feelings are expressed, and any negative cognitions identified, the client can then reframe the way the incident was originally processed. A person who believed “I can’t move my hands” might discover that s/he had been restrained as a child, perhaps by a parent or caregiver who didn’t trust the child to have his or her hands free. 
Once the memory is retrieved, and the feelings associated with this incident are released, the client can come to believe “My hands belong to me and I can move them with ease, any way I wish,” rather than feeling like they were still restrained. 
The body retains memories of all our experiences, particularly traumatic ones. Hypnotherapy can help clients unlock memories the body is holding, and bring them to the surface. While this is not a way to cure diseases that are best treated medically, it can help clients to deal with many physical issues, particularly pain and immune function. 
Once the client is empowered with the ability to capitalize on the mind-body connection, events that seem like miracles can happen. Clients report everything from increased mobility to more fulfilling social and sexual experiences. 
Hypnotherapy is a tool you can use, as a mental health professional, to help your clients overcome and ameliorate their physical symptoms by helping them find the connection between mind and body. 

Learn hypnotherapy and treat mind-body issues 

The Wellness Institute’s Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program and Introduction to Hypnosis course will teach you how to use the mind-body connection to help your clients deal with physical challenges. The Introduction course covers simple techniques for reducing pain and boosting the immune system, while the Six Day Program goes much deeper.  
In the Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification Program you will learn how the mind-body connection affects clients and how it can provide insight into psychological patterns that will facilitate the progress of their therapy process. You’ll also discover how hypnotherapy can be utilized to treat: 
- codependency and addiction 
- sexual abuse and relationship addiction 
- eating disorders 
- childhood developmental and behavioral issues  

This comprehensive training program features live online training with qualified teachers, plus hands-on experience at conducting sessions and benefitting from them as a client and observer. 
Learning hypnotherapy empowers you to unlock your clients’ issues quickly and thoroughly. It’s amazing that you can learn this powerful skill in just six days, but The Wellness Institute has been training hypnotherapists with this program for more than three decades. 
Once you complete the Six Day and achieve your certification, you can expand your experience and continue doing your own work with four levels of advanced training programs. In many cases, these courses are eligible for CE credit. 
As trends in therapy move further toward approaches that address the mind and body of your clients, stay on the cutting edge by adding hypnotherapy to your skill set.