While relaxation is not a requirement of hypnosis, the use of hypnosis can facilitate relaxation and reduction in the anxiety which may directly or indirectly impair sexual functioning. Hypnotically cued relaxation may be utilized at the time of sexual intimacy, during self-stimulation or during the sensate focus or pleasuring technique, a process of in vivo desensitization. This use of cued relaxation may also overcome the anxiety accompanying sexual guilt.
Alternatively hypnotically based relaxation may be added to systematic desensi-tization in imagination, if in vivo work is not practical, for example when the patient does not currently have a partner. In fact Wolpe (1958), in his original account of systematic desensitization in imagination, utilized hypnotically based relaxation techniques, without further discussing the role hypnosis played.
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Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.