A Guide to Hypnosis and HypnotherapyWhat is hypnotherapy?
What is the difference between the conscious and the unconscious mind?
What does it feel like to be in an hypnotic trance?
How does hypnotherapy work?
What types of things can hypnotherapy help?
When we are in this relaxed yet focused state there is a quietening of the conscious mind and the unconscious mind becomes much more accessible. Positive suggestions for change can then be directed at the unconscious mind which is where habits and beliefs are held.
Changes to habits and beliefs made at a deep unconscious level will in turn alter the thoughts, behaviours and feelings that we are consciously aware of and so enable us to enjoy life more freely in whatever way we desire.
The unconscious mind is the intuitive, multi-tasking, feeling part of our mind which is aware of everything at all times. It is associated with the dreaming and day-dreaming state and it holds our memories, perceptions, beliefs and feelings.
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If you think about the sensation of dropping off to sleep when your body is calm and relaxed but your mind is still awake. Perhaps during this state you sense a certain “shift” in your mind and body, a feeling that’s hard to describe but one which is easily recognisable. During this time your thoughts may become more visual and less linear and your breathing will slow down.
You may enjoy reading and know that at times you can become so engrossed in a fascinating book that you hardly notice the passage of time or even people coming and going around you. This means that your mind has become so focused that you have drifted in to a light hypnotic trance.
Or perhaps you have experienced driving on a motorway and becoming quite disconnected from what you are doing. You’re driving well but your focus has shifted and miles can go by before you realise it.
Anytime that you are daydreaming about a past event or have that kind of “I was miles away” feeling. All are perfectly natural states of trance and very pleasant to experience.
During a hypnotherapy session you will be able to enter a trance state very similar to the examples given above. Although your body will feel calm and relaxed your mind will remain attentive. In fact you will be continue to be aware of everything that is going on around you and will hear everything that is being said.
There is a popular misconception that hypnosis involves giving up control but in fact the opposite is the case. You can only enter a trance if that is what you wish to do and you will stay completely in control at all times. At anytime you could just get up and walk out but ideally you should feel so comfortable and at ease that that would be the last thing on your mind.
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Usually the conscious mind filters and distorts suggestions before they make their way in to the unconscious mind. However by planting suggestions directly in to the unconscious during hypnosis those suggestions are able to take root there without being sabotaged by conscious thoughts.
Our unconscious mind can produce thoughts, behaviours or even physical responses as a result of deep-seated negative beliefs or learnings. Although the unconscious always does the best it can for us the habits, reactions, behaviour or ways of thinking that it creates in response to a negative situation may not be what we need to live at our full potential.
Rather than trying to deal with things at a conscious level hypnotherapy can get quicker and more lasting results by working with the unconscious and therefore getting to the root of the problem.
Hypnotherapy is a collaborative venture between the therapist and the patient with the hypnotherapist having no real control over the outcome as the changes that take place occur in the patient’s unconscious.
Results may be either immediate and long-lasting or slower to become apparent and in need of some encouragement and reinforcement. The outcome varies from person to person and can depend upon how long the problem has been evident, the reason behind it and the patient’s level of motivation.
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Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to help with habits such as smoking, nail biting, knuckle cracking, hair pulling and bed wetting. It offers a release from phobias ranging from fear of insects and animals to situations and objects.
It can boost confidence and reduce stress and tension to improve performance, concentration and motivation in work, study and sport. It can also be used to reduce compulsions, worries and inhibitions.
Hypnotherapy can encourage healthy eating habits and so aids appropriate weight loss or weight gain. It can also help reduce cravings and dependence on certain foods and drinks including alcohol.
Conditions such as insomnia, blood pressure, skin problems, IBS, digestive upsets and infertility can all benefit from hypnotherapy due to their relationship with stress and the processing of emotions.
Hypnotherapy can be used to promote calm and comfortable childbirth and to ease the discomfort associated with dentistry, aches and pains, headaches and period pains.
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