What is Hypnotherapy?
‘Hypnosis is a state wherein the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to work on the same concept at the same time without conflict’. Terence Watts (MCGI)
Hypnosis is a form of complementary therapy that produces a hypnotic state that allows a person -that can be best described as – ‘being open to suggestion’. Hypnotherapy can bring about the desired changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Throughout our waking day we are either open to or rejecting suggestions, so for example when visiting the supermarket there might be an item that stands out because it is on offer. However, this item was not on your list but because the item was at a reduced rate you add it to your supermarket trolley. Therefore, it is thought that we are all in a light state of hypnosis.
But it requires a trained hypnotherapist that can skillfully use positive suggestions to improve and provide change within our lives. Long gone are the days when the hypnotherapist is seen waving a pendulum and controlling people’s minds. The aim of hypnosis therefore, is to relax the clients conscious mind enough to alter the state of consciousness whilst simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. When the client is in a heightened state of awareness, the therapist uses skilled relaxation techniques to then implant the relevant suggestions required to make such change. The general consensus is that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, but it is the hypnotherapist that helps the client to facilitate your experience.
The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”
WHAT CAN HYPNOSIS HELP WITH?
Fears and Phobias
Grief and Loss
Fear of Flying
How does Hypnotherapy Work?
When someone mentions the word hypnosis, some people believe that it is about putting the client into a weird state and have them clucking around like chickens. This is a misconception that has been brought about by stage hypnotists. Furthermore, and contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep either. Hypnosis involves an induction of an enhanced trance-like state, where the client is very relaxed, but still in a state of awareness, of focus, with the ability to concentrated on the hypnotherapists voice. Hypnosis is not generally regarded as a therapy in and of itself. Rather, it is considered a therapeutic tool for creating a more relaxed, focused and attentive context for absorbing the therapy.
The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.
The hypnotherapist is trained to bypass the critical conscious mind and talk to the subconscious mind where it can be reprogrammed through suggestions, concepts and lifestyle adaptations. These seeds will be firmly implanted into the clients mind and should be taken on board immediately.
Hypnosis, therefore, re-educates’ your subconscious mind in terms of your habitual responses and instincts.
How Can Hypnotherapy Help You?
Whilst anyone with reasonable intelligence can be hypnotised, not everyone is hypnotised in the same way.
So, for example, you might think of a certain person and feel nervous. How does that happen? You thought of someone, and even though they weren’t in the room, you felt nervous! How did you do that? Well, at some stage, a mini hypnotic state glued together in your mind that particular person and the emotion of anxiety. That’s what hypnosis does – it helps you learn – and fast. So, we can use hypnosis to change this response. We can take deliberate control of the way you feel by relaxing and having you imagine things that make you feel good. Then all you have to do is rehearse doing the problem situation while feeling the way you want to feel.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? And it is! Of course, there are many subtleties involved as well, but this is the most fundamental use for hypnosis. Changing your emotional reaction – how you feel about something.
Think of the applications…
If you’re a smoker, change how you feel about cigarettes
If you’re trying to lose weight, change how you feel about fatty and sugary foods
If you dislike public speaking, change how you feel about that
About exercise, about achieving, about yourself, …
The list really is endless. And all from one ‘simple’ tool.