What is Hypnosis?
Have you ever been so involved with a task that you have lost track of time? Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived safely, but not remembered the journey? Have you ever read a book and become so involved with the plot you can see scenery and hear characters speak? Have you ever day-dreamed? These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness.
Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness-one which can be used for self help. It is a perfectly natural state which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep. In the clinical setting hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation which in itself is beneficial, especially in the symptoms induced by or aggravated by stress. The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.
It is important to note that no one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.
Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe. There are no harmful side-effects. When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Hypnotherapist the benefits are long lasting and often permanent.
During hypnosis, you will be aware of what is happening: most people do not “feel hypnotised.” You are still in control.
What Can Hypnosis Treat?
Thoughts and ideas
Thoughts and ideas can be problematic when they are intrusive, unrealistic or upsetting. Examples of such thoughts include:
- Continually thinking that one is suffering from an illness, despite medical reassurance
- Doubting whether a partner is faithful
- Thinking negatively rather than seeing the good side
- Wondering whether others are being negatively judgmental
HYPNOTHERAPY can help the client to change these and many other ideas.
People often experience irrational fears. The object of the fear can be almost anything, but typical examples include:
- situations, such as going out, enclosed spaces, or the dark
- blood, needles etc.
Also, many people have what is technically called “social phobia”: shyness, nerves, lack of confidence with people etc.
HYPNOTHERAPY is particularly renowned for its effectiveness in assisting sufferers to overcome these distressing and inhibiting conditions.
People can suffer from a wide variety of feelings which can be distressing if too severe or too regular. For example:
- panic attacks
- low self esteem
- lack of confidence
Whatever the problem feeling, HYPNOTHERAPY can deal with it more specifically than can a drug – and without harmful side effects.
People can find themselves in the grip of many habits that they seem unable to control, eg:
- poor sleep patterns
- more deep-seated compulsions.
HYPNOTHERAPY, using hypnotic techniques, can help to remove habits with precision and again, a total freedom from side effects.
Medical issues can also be dealt with using hypnosis, but this is only undertaken with appropriate medical supervision/referral.
(See also Stress Management). HYPNOTHERAPY can be very effective for resolving issues that lead to an excess of stress, and for coping with the effects of stress.
There are many reasons why people may put on weight, and a properly trained HYPNOTHERAPIST will be able to work with the individual to bring about changes in eating and activity habits in order to bring weight under control.
One of the key reasons for “weight loss” programmes being often only temporarily effective is that the person feels that they are missing out. This need not apply with a hypnotherapeutic approach.