Hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is far removed from the practice of stage hypnotists. Hypnotherapy will not make you cluck like a chicken or dance like a penguin. Rather, Hypnotherapy is an effective form of treatment to help people overcome and control a range of emotional, habitual and even psychological issues and problems, which originate in the mind.
Hypnotherapy can help you take control of your life and can be used in the treatment of:
· Panic attacks,
· Phobias or fears,
· Weight loss or gain,
· Breaking annoying habits i.e. nail biting
· Psychological and physical illnesses i.e.
· Irritable bowel syndrome,
· Sleep disturbances
· Used as an anaesthetic to alleviate pain i.e.
· Victims of burns,
· Cancer patients,
· Improve performance in sport or at work
· Unlock potential
· Improve self-esteem
· Build confidence
· Increase motivation
· Improve assertiveness
· Improve learning, study habits and memory
· Enhance creativity
Hypnosis is simply a natural state of heightened awareness in which you will experience a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing or become highly focused - anything between daydreaming and near-sleep. In fact, we all experience this altered, trance-like state when we concentrate deeply on something, whether becoming engrossed in an interesting book, an exciting film, a beautiful piece of music or when we are just day-dreaming. Most of us have experienced driving along a familiar route and wondering how we got there. Our conscious mind has simply switched off and allowed our unconscious mind in which familiar tasks such as driving are stored, to take over.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
A session of hypnotherapy incorporates elements of both counselling and coaching as well as hypnosis. Using a combination of words, thoughts and images, the hypnotherapist will help you enter a relaxed state of being. The experience of hypnosis is a very personal thing and different people experience hypnosis in different ways. Some may sense a feeling of heaviness, whilst others may feel very light. Others may feel a slight tingling in their body, whilst others may experience a feeling of warmth. Essentially, much like being in a daydream, in a hypnotic state, you will experience a very calm and pleasant feeling. Unlike sleep you can still hear and respond to your surroundings.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Our mind is divided into two separate parts the conscious and unconscious. Our conscious mind controls our reasoning, analytical self and dominates our wakening life. The unconscious mind contains our beliefs, memories, emotions, habits and experiences.
The Critical Conscious Faculty (CCF) is the bridge or filter between the conscious and unconscious mind. The CCF allows our conscious mind to compare new beliefs or experiences with our own firmly established belief system within our unconsciousness. In order to ensure our survival and reduce anxiety our conscious mind will be forced to reject any new idea which is not consistent with our beliefs, making change impossible. Trying to stop smoking for example can be difficult because deep down in our unconscious we may have been told that smoking reduces anxiety and if we stop we won't be able to cope. This irrational belief along with the fear of having to go through life without a cigarette dominates despite any alternative messages we may receive that remind us of the health benefits of being a non-smoker.
However, hypnosis works by switching off the CCF so that we can communicate directly with our unconscious mind, challenging any negative thoughts and ideas embedded in the unconscious mind, without being stopped by our critical, reasoning self. Our unconscious mind becomes more receptive to beneficial direction and positive suggestions, empowering us to overcome problematic behaviour and ultimately improving our mental, physical and emotional well-being.
If we are able to think differently, we will be able to behave differently and ultimately achieve different results.
Will I Lose Control?
Some people worry that once hypnotised they may lose all control and be taken advantage of. In a hypnotic state you do not lose control. You will remain alert to the outside world and can remove yourself from hypnotic state at any time as well as decide whether to accept the therapist’s suggestions or not. You cannot be made to do anything or accept any suggestions that violate your morals, values or is something you do not believe can be possible. Hypnotherapy is co-operative partnership between you and the therapist with the soul purpose of obtaining a specific result agreed-upon beforehand.
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