Can Water Affect the Body During Hypnosis?

Water may be one of the main reasons why hypnotherapy works. With the human body made up of 60 to 70% water, this is highly likely but making sense of these two concepts starts with hypnotherapy’s effectiveness as a legitimate complementary therapy and water’s spiritual power. According to Hypnosis: Clinical Application of Hypnosis in Medicine published in the British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 75% of patients dealing with stress-related conditions felt better after three months of self-hypnosis but the question remains as to how water helps hypnotherapists have this kind of success rate. Japanese researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto’s work might have the answer. After years of study, Emoto concluded that water is affected by human thoughts. With hypnotherapy defined as a way to alter a person’s consciousness, the relationship between the two becomes clear.

The Effects of Water on General Well-Being

Michael Depledge, an environment and human health expert at the University of Exeter Medical School, found a correlation between being near bodies of water and better mental health. While doing an annual health survey in England, Depledge’s data showed that people who live in coastal areas reported that they always feel healthy, a confirmation of his conclusions in a previous study. Before Depledge headed the survey, he studied people’s reactions to water features and natural bodies of water. In this particular study, the professor found that participants consistently showed positive reactions to photos of water fountains, coastal cities, and canals. This correlation, based on Depledge’s work, can be confirmed by 48 million respondents who note better well-being due to living near a body of water. This likely explains why many people love water features in their gardens and why many are drawn to beaches or love watching water flow in fountains, springs, and the like.

Water and Hypnosis

A person’s thoughts affect his or her well-being, according to the Mental Health Foundation and this can be shown through the effectiveness of mindfulness techniques in dealing with stress. While the chemical processes behind this are difficult to explain, psychologist Dr. Shirley Ryan’s experiments can shed light on the relationship of water and human thoughts.

In her rice and water experiment that mimics Emoto’s study, Ryan found that rice and water exposed to harsh words looked dull. Based on this experiment, there is a likelihood that water inside the human body behaves the same way. When harsh thoughts are directed to oneself, water likely reacts the way it did in Ryan’s and Emoto’s experiments. This means that when it is subjected to hypnotherapy, water has the power to help a person overcome stress, trauma, or phobia. While the science behind this theory has not yet been explored, water’s potential in improving mental health has been proven time and time again. And there is a huge possibility that it is a major contributor to the success that hypnotherapy enjoys because water listens to suggestions.


Written by Jenny James. Jenny left her 9-5 to focus on her passion of writing and to be with her family.