What is hypnosis and how does it work?

To understand hypnosis and how it can help, it is useful first & foremost to understand that our mind works on two levels, the conscious and the unconscious/subconscious.

The conscious mind is responsible for approximately 12% of our thought power and is the part of the brain concerned with logic and reason. This part of our brain allows us to think, act and make decisions.

The subconscious mind is responsible for the larger 88% of our thought power and is concerned with imagination, memory and also controls our habits and emotions. The subconscious mind doesn’t differentiate between fact and fiction.

By relaxing and distracting the conscious mind during hypnosis the therapist will communicate directly with the unconscious part of us which allows habits and unhelpful thought patterns and emotions to be changed quickly and easily. We harness the 88% mind power to our advantage in hypnosis enabling this part to become highly suggestible to positive ideas and triggers. This will automatically elicit a positive response or habit in our daily life.

Hypnosis is a natural state that all of us enter regularly every day. During a treatment as a client, you will be fully aware and in control at all times.

The more you understand hypnotherapy, the more effective it is likely to be. Here are some additional points about hypnosis and hypnotherapy for your information. If there is anything below that you don’t understand, please feel free to ask any questions you may have prior to your session.

  • Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to help people to make positive, lasting change and is a special way of using various naturally occurring psychological and physiological states. It is a collaborative process in which you (as the client) allow yourself to follow the guidance of the therapist by using your imagination to evoke positive emotions and rehearse behaviour change.
  • Everyone can, in principle, be hypnotised. It has been shown to help if you relax, think positively, and imagine the things being suggested. In addition it helps if you want to be hypnotised.
  • Hypnotic ‘trance’, so called, is an increased ability to respond to positive suggestions, usually accompanied by relaxed attention to the ideas being suggested. This is because during hypnosis we communicate directly with the subconscious mind and this is where all habits, thought patterns and beliefs are stored.
  • Hypnosis is definitely NOT a state of sleep or unconsciousness. Roughly 90% of people report to being aware of everything that happens, and relaxation helps but is not essential to hypnosis.
  • Hypnosis is definitely NOT a state of mind control. You cannot be made to do anything against your will. On the contrary, normally you must want to accept suggested ideas and actively imagine responding to experience their effects.
  • Hypnosis is completely safe when used in a responsible and professional manner. Nobody has ever been ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.
  • Comedy stage hypnosis has very little to do with clinical hypnotherapy and has been shown to foster misconceptions which can prevent people from benefiting from treatment. Take what you see on TV with a generous pinch of salt.
  • Hypnotic suggestion is a means of experiencing certain helpful ideas at a level (the subconscious mind) profound enough to directly influence our emotions and behaviour.
  • Psychological and emotional problems can be seen as the result of negative thinking, whereas hypnotherapy aims to encourage (‘suggest’) positive ideas, which lead to improvement.
  • Hypnotherapy, except for smoking cessation, usually requires more than one session. However it is probably one of the briefest forms of psychological therapy, and in clinical studies the average number of sessions required is around 4-6.
    • Hypnotherapy can help with an enormous range of different issues such as;

      • Anxiety management
      • Pain management
      • Overcoming sleep disorders & insomnia
      • Losing weight
      • Giving up smoking
      • Implementing healthy lifestyle choices such as regular exercise, healthy diet, getting up early, cutting down on alcohol
      • Treating certain psychosomatic or stress-related illnesses
      • Increasing confidence and self-esteem
      • Performance enhancement (such as in sales, public speaking, sports or creativity)
      • Phobias &/or irrational fears
      • IBS
        • Thousands of positive experimental and clinical research studies on hypnosis have been published. It was recognised as an effective treatment by the British Medical Association (BMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) in the 1950’s and more recently, by the American Psychological Association (for obesity) and NICE guidance (for IBS) used by the NHS.

          Hypnotherapy is essentially a simple, down to earth, and common sense therapy. For example, by relaxing, thinking positively and picturing your goals, hypnosis can help you to progressively improve your habitual feelings and behaviour.

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