Hypnosis is a common physical and mental trance state that we all often enter into without realising it. Hypnosis is something most of us have experienced in our everyday lives. If you've ever been totally engrossed in a book or movie and lost all track of time or didn't hear someone calling your name, you were experiencing a state similar to a hypnotic one.
Hypnotherapy makes use of your natural tendency to do this, by helping you to enter a very pleasant state of relaxation, so that the desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the unconscious. By doing this while you are in hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the unconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy.
We are influenced by beliefs, habits and behaviours that have their root in our unconscious, and we are often not aware of why we behave the way we do. Clinical Hypnotherapy is a natural and effective technique for accessing the unconscious mind – the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns.
What you can expect during hypnosis:
- The body and conscious mind are completely relaxed. This is not the same as being asleep, as you remain aware of your surroundings.
- Your breathing and heart rate slow down as you enter a state of guided relaxation.
- The unconscious mind remains awake, receptive and engaged, while the conscious mind quietens down, allowing change to happen.
- The depth of hypnosis varies from a deep state to a very light one
Hypnosis is very safe when used by a qualified hypnotherapist. It is important to know that you remain in control at all times.
Hypnotherapy is approved by the British Medical Association, especially for conditions such as IBS. Most of all, you can expect to feel rested, relaxed and refreshed after a session of Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis should NOT be used or ONLY WITH CARE on people suffering from epilepsy, psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder because it induces an altered state of consciousness which could aggravate these conditions.
Watch this fascinating BBC documentary on Hypnotherapy: