What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
What is hypnosis & hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a totally natural state which most people experience several times a day unconsciously. We automatically go into hypnosis any time we become deeply relaxed or highly focused on a given activity – when driving, reading or watching TV for example. This relaxation allows the conscious mind to rest and go into a neutral state – by doing so it allows communication with the subconscious mind directly.
This process is powerful because the subconscious mind can create positive changes. The subconscious mind can be likened to a child, in that it can accept whatever it is told as the truth, within reason of course.
Through this communication with the subconscious mind, hypnotherapy can help you to release repressed feelings and negative beliefs that restrict your ability to achieve your potential to live life to the full.
Hypnotherapy is totally different from any form of therapeutic intervention as it does not involve drugs or physical manipulation. Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy not an alternative therapy, as I work alongside the medical profession.
What does it feel like?
There is no universal ‘hypnotised feeling’, because everyone’s experience of hypnosis is different. The general feeling is of a deeply relaxed state, and you will be completely aware of your surroundings at all times. You may feel light (or weightless), or you may feel very heavy (as if sinking into the chair).
Most people find the experience very calming and relaxing, giving them a sense of peace, comfort and well-being. Often people leave the session feeling rejuvenated and refreshed as it’s similar to experiencing a couple of hour’s sleep!
What hypnotherapy can and cannot do (and the myths exposed)
Hypnotherapy CAN help somebody achieve something that they DO want to do, and it can help somebody to STOP doing something they WANT to stop doing.
Hypnosis CAN NOT make people do anything that they do not want to do.
But it cannot MAKE anybody do anything against their will (whatever you may be told to the contrary).
If a suggestion was made to anybody in the state of hypnosis, which truly offended his or her ideals or sensibilities, then that person would simply break the hypnotic state and walk away from the entire situation.
YOU can leave the hypnotic state whenever YOU want to!
To reassure you about the myths that are sometimes heard:
You cannot, at any time, be made to do things you do not want to do
You do not become in any way unconscious or semi-conscious
You are totally aware of yourself and your surroundings at all times
You are not in anybody’s power and nobody can take control of you
You cannot get ‘stuck’ – this is quite impossible
You cannot ‘lose your mind’