What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Throw out what you have seen on the internet, television, hypnosis shows and social media. Today hypnosis is used by neuroscientists, professional sports coaches, celebrities and many hospitals around the world. Hypnosis is between wakefulness and sleep it is another state of mind known as the hypnotic state, where the body is relaxed and the mind can wander. The state of hypnosis is a natural state in which everyone enters at some stage during their day. Daydreaming or inattention can be thought of as a form of hypnosis. You are in hypnosis when you are concentrating on something of great interest or when browsing the internet, watching a movie, playing computer games, or reading a book and the imagination is taken away to another time or place, where you get lost in a story and get in touch with the characters. Another example would be what I like to call highway hypnosis where you drive on a familiar piece of road or on a long stretch of highway where you lose track of the time and suddenly wondered how you got to where you were. This too is a form of hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is a therapy that uses hypnosis to communicate directly with a person’s unconscious mind, where specific techniques are used to bypass the critical factor our analytical, judging, logical mind. The unconscious mind can be thought of as your own computer. Everything you have learnt or experienced is stored in the unconscious mind, from when you learnt to walk to how you learnt to interact with people is stored in the unconscious. It harbours our beliefs, feelings, emotions, imagination, it is our creative mind. How we think and about ourselves, others and the world around us are stored in your unconscious computer. Like a library the unconscious stores similar memory groups together linking them together by similar encoding.
Everything that comes through your senses, everything you touch, everything you hear, and see, going on around you and all the things you may be unaware of like the time of day, the weather, what’s in your peripheral vision comes through conscious mind and records this information into a tiny movie or video and drops this recording into unconscious mind. So the unconscious mind is just a recording system. The whole process takes place in your mind so that your mind can protect you. By having these experiences recorded it can use the learning of these experiences keeps us from repeating negative behaviour or keeping you out of danger. Unfortunately because of the way humankind has evolved and has been programmed the protective mechanism often causes more grief than protection. By using hypnosis as part of therapy, the Hypnotherapist is able to reprogram the unconscious mind helping your unconscious mind to recognise that the behaviour is no longer protecting you or appropriate and to being new learning and goal achieving success to memory.
’Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality’ -Earl Nightingale
Is Hypnosis Safe and Do I Remain in Control?
We are always activating different areas of brain throughout the day. With hypnotherapy we are simple helping you to activate and remain in touch with very specific parts of your brain while we go through exercises on getting those parts to respond differently, When in hypnosis you can hear the sounds around you sometimes even more sensitive to sounds, you can sneeze, cough, open your eyes anytime you wish and remember everything that has been said. You are the person always in control, you are not asleep, just in a state on complete relaxation and therefore will be able to hear everything that goes on in the session.
What Does Hypnotherapy Feel Like?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and the hypnotic experience varies between people, with most relating it as an enjoyable feeling of deep relaxation. You may not feel any different to when you are day dreaming or relaxing in your favourite chair. Clients are often surprised that they hear what is said to them. When using hypnosis we activate the feeling/ creative part of the brain, so feelings and senses can be heightened and with this comes greater clarity and understanding. Hypnosis is an experience of profound relaxation and peace, in an environment of privacy, safety, confidentiality and comfort. Overall it is a great experience and a chance to let go from our stress filled world.
The role of the hypnotherapists
Is to both guide you into this state of hypnosis, and then help to effect the change you want in your life. There is a therapeutic aspect to hypnotherapy and it is this process which will determine the results, rather than the hypnosis itself. Different hypnotherapists use different skill based techniques. Some may use a relaxation induction which may take up to 20 minutes of the clients session time and is then followed with direct suggestion to enact change. Or instant and rapid inductions which take only 1-5 minutes for clients to enter the hypnotic state, this ensures more time is used on therapeutic applications rather than spending half the session inducing hypnosis. Hypnotherapists will also include direct suggestions into their sessions but will also use far more powerful beneficial tools such as Gestalt dialogues, Regression, Informed child, Inner child, Dreamwork, Forgiveness Therapy, Parts Therapy, Post hypnotic suggestions, habit reversal techniques, and metaphor modeling.
I also us many forms of NLP and Neuro-Com processes as these are far more personal and unique to each client, tailoring the session to the uniqueness of the individual emotional memory system.
Can Hypnotherapy help Children?
Yes, it can be very helpful, Children have wonderful imaginations which can be extremely helpful when making changes with hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can assist children with many problems including bed wetting, confidence, self-esteem, motivation, sports, nail biting, eating habits, reading, study, memory, exams, fears, relation, anger and coping with bullying etc.
You can learn self-hypnosis to help you make improvements to learn to structure the right suggestions for your goals, just a few sessions its quick and easy to learn, ask about it today…
Where hypnosis came from
Hypnosis comes from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ (meaning sleep)