What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is the practice of breathing techniques, meditation and physical exercise to harmonize the body and mind. It works the whole body physically, mentally and emotionally. Yoga therapy applies the foundations and tools of yoga to help overcome a specific problem or challenge a child may be facing, whether it be physical, mental or spiritual.
Yoga therapy is like acupuncture but with exercises. The same meridian energy flows to target specific needs, health issues, organ function, hormones and emotions. Breathing techniques are used while the body moves in a certain way to hit these acupressure points. This balances a child’s mind, body and soul, empowering them to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Yoga therapy is beneficial for children with:
- ADD & ADHD
- Cerebral palsy
- Coughs, colds and sore throats
- Digestion issues
- Down syndrome
- Eating disorders
- Intellectual disability
- Focus, attention and concentration issues
- Hearing and visual impairments
- Lower back issues
- Mental health issues
- Physical disabilities
- Stress and Anxiety
It can also help children with weight management and those who self-harm.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy places the child into a dream-like state of relaxation to treat their psychological or emotional disorders. It allows a therapist to tap into the subconscious mind replacing negative thinking with positive. This is effective as the subconscious mind is where our memories, habits, and positive and negative thoughts are stored.
A hypnotic state is achieved by a repetition of words, using mental images or having the child focus on a point. This allows the child to enter this dream-like state.
Hypnotherapy can be effective treating:
- Headaches and migraines
- High blood pressure
- Panic attacks
- Phobias and fears
- Sleeping problems
- Sugar addiction
- Thumb sucking
It can also help teach relaxation techniques, enhance performance in sports and academics and help prepare a child for surgery.
Is Hypnotherapy safe for children?
Hypnotherapy for children is completely safe and the child is alert and aware of their surroundings at all times. It is a similar state of mind to the one that occurs just before falling asleep, where the mind is dreamy.
Hypnotherapy is scientifically recognised as a powerful healing method without the use of drugs.
Yoga Therapy and Hypnotherapy combined
The combination of yoga therapy and hypnotherapy can be extremely powerful. Connecting the two therapies can help a child start the day with a positive mindset, become more active and engaged, move past any traumas, change unhealthy habits, develop self esteem, improve health and find inner peace.
During a yoga therapy and hypnotherapy session both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system is used.
Sympathetic nervous system
This is the system that prepares the child’s body for intense physical activity or the fight or flight response. This sympathetic nervous system is a quick action response.
Parasympathetic nervous system
This parasympathetic nervous system has the opposite effect of the sympathetic nervous system and relaxes the child’s body, restoring it to a calm state by inhibiting high energy functions.
What to expect from a session
During a yoga therapy and hypnotherapy session, meridian based yoga is used to work the body physically building strength, stability and flexibility, dealing with the issue on a physical level. We work the whole body, including organs, muscles and joints. Once the child has moved their body, they are happy to lay down. They are then guided into a deep, beautiful relaxation where their mind is in a more tranquil state to take on changes to their mindset in a positive manner, allowing the therapist to break negative thought patterns, bad habits, phobias and anxieties.
Could Yoga Therapy and Hypnotherapy benefit my child?
If your child is suffering from any of the issues mentioned, yoga therapy and hypnotherapy will be beneficial to helping them overcome their challenges. After a yoga therapy and hypnotherapy session, the child will leave feeling calm and confident with the skills to cultivate positivity and continue the healthy practices learnt in the session.
Typically, a child would come for 4-8 sessions and can start being treated as young as 3 years old. Parents can be in the room where the session is taking place or in a space where they can hear everything. If you are feeling unsure, or would like to have a conversation about these sessions for your child please get in touch with our trained and qualified therapist, Shannon.