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Local hypnotherapist Liane Ulbricht-Kazan is focusing this month on how hypnotherapy can help with the management of skin conditions.

Thousands of people suffer with the discomfort and stress that skin conditions, such as eczema, can bring. Most such people will know that exposing the skin to fresh air and moderate sunshine during the summer months can help greatly. However, this is often the crux. Many people don’t want others to see their skin, and to them the condition is an embarrassment, which although not life–threatening, can cause them untold misery day in and day out.

The skin is our largest organ as well as the most visible, especially during the summer months. Whether it’s through sweating when we are too warm, shivering when we are too cold, or doing its job of getting rid of toxins and waste, this piece of body ‘covering’ has a lot of work to do. It’s often the first place where any signs of illness, stress and imbalance in our lives, physically or psychologically, shows itself. As those who suffer are only too aware, the more we worry about the state of our skin, the worse it seems to get!

So where does hypnotherapy come in to the treatment of these conditions? Well, some of us may be aware that there is often a mind-body connection with some common skin conditions, so this is often where support from hypnotherapy can help. To give us some more detail, Liane explains:

“In order to do its work, the skin contains millions of nerve endings which are closely connected to the brain, which is our body’s main ‘Control Centre’. Because of these links to our nervous system, the skin is very closely connected to our emotional responses as well as those physical ones, for example, goose bumps when we are afraid, blushing when embarrassed, and so on. When we feel stressed, these emotional responses can make some skin conditions worse if you have them already, or can in some cases bring them on.

Liane Ulbricht-Kazan is a practitioner of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH). SFH is a modern research-based combination of hypnosis and psychotherapy, which promotes relaxation and helps clients to make beneficial lifestyle changes. She says: “Hypnotherapy is a great way to reduce stress levels in general, and we believe that because stress and anxiety affect the chemical responses in the body and mind, hypnotherapy can really help to recreate that sense of balance. This is shown to improve skin conditions in general, plus there is mounting evidence to show that hypnotherapy is very helpful for pain control too. So it is helpful for reducing the stress and chemical responses that cause flare-ups and the pain that is associated with them. We work in a way that helps the client to manage stressful situations more effectively, thus reducing the possibility of re-occurrence.”

Liane Ulbricht-Kazan explains how Solution Focused Hypnotherapy works: “We encourage clients to focus on how they want things to be. We avoid problem-talk and instead help our clients to visualise their preferred future. By encouraging clients to think and express themselves positively, we can help to improve their outcomes”.