So, what exactly is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness similar to daydreaming or the drifting process we experience just before we sleep.
We go into trances when we stare at the TV and ‘there’s nothing on’, or we drive somewhere and don’t remember passing through somewhere on route; half-asleep on the train; doing housework; being at a boring meeting at work, and so on.
We all go into hypnotic trances throughout the day!
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What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which utilizes hypnotic states to create positive changes in people’s lives.
People benefit from hypnosis in two ways:
Firstly because hypnosis can produce relaxation and relaxation of the body and mind interrupts the onset and accumulation of stress, which in turn, often leads to emotional and behavioural changes. In other words the more you relax the more relaxed you become.
Secondly, most people are aware of the negative effects of anxiety. As anxiety increases, performance – whether it’s in business, social, sporting or whatever – tends to drop. This in turn tends to increase anxiety and so on – in a cycle.
What is not as well recognized is that this cycle can be reversed by becoming more relaxed, which in turn is likely to increase performance which will in turn will make you feel more relaxed, in control, confident and so on.
Firstly, huge changes in attitude, performance, confidence and feelings of wellbeing can be achieved using hypnosis for stress management.
Secondly, hypnosis is used to change patterns of thinking, attitudes, limiting beliefs, habits and behaviours by changing those patterns at an unconscious level.
The unconscious or subconscious is the part of the brain that deals with patterns of thinking and behaviours. For example when you learnt how to tie your shoelaces it was very difficult. It took all your conscious attention but with practice and repetition and feedback it soon became automatic. Now you don’t even think about it.
This form of learning applies to a huge amount of what we do, whether it’s using a computer, driving, mobile phone and so on.
It also applies to attitudes, beliefs, why we like the things we like, why some things are frightening even though logically we know they shouldn’t be; why we do things we know we shouldn’t.
We are constantly learning and sometimes we learn to do and think things which are not useful.
How can hypnotherapy work for me?
Hypnotherapy changes these unconscious processes, by creating new associations, new patterns of thinking, and changing old chains of thoughts into more useful ones.
Through the use of pre-programming techniques it allows you to utilize your imagination and internal ‘thoughts’ to build a positive representation of your future in your imagination, to set and achieve goals.