Hypnosis is a dynamic state of altered awareness where imagination rather than the intellect is active. It does not involve becoming unconscious or being asleep, quite the reverse; it stimulates the mind into vivid playing out of scenes that can be beneficial to the mind and body. It is a valuable tool for self-empowerment and change. It is a state of heightened suggestibility.

Hypnosis uses this natural human process to change negative patterns into positive patterns of behaviour. There is nothing mysterious about hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a state of consciousness one enters and leaves naturally all the time during your day-to- day experiences. It feels very much like day dreaming i.e., the state between sleeping and waking. It is a guided fantasy. In this state of relaxation you are more open to suggestions. In this state (also called alpha state) your brain wave vibration rate slows down, giving you access to your Subconscious Mind, whilst your Conscious Mind is still completely aware of what is going on, in this relaxed state, your subconscious mind has the ability to accept information given to it by the hypnotherapist.

There are five components necessary to induce hypnosis. 

Motivation – You must want to be hypnotised.

Relaxation – Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. 

Concentration – You will use your ability to concentrate. 

Imagination – You will use your vivid imagination. 

Suggestion – You will hear and respond to suggestions.

What can hypnotherapy help with? 

Virtually any condition, physically, mentally and emotionally can be beneficially helped through hypnosis.

Its application is based on the relationship between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. The conscious mind argues, analyses, reasons and keeps us safe, The subconscious mind, having no power to reason, accepts and acts upon any fact or suggestion given to it by the conscious mind.

The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored here as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge.

Any therapeutic intervention implies change, so entering a trance state alone does not signify a therapeutic endpoint. Once the individual has achieved a trance state the hypnotherapist uses many different therapeutic methods ranging from simple suggestions to psychoanalysis. For example, the therapist may ask about past, present or future concerns to establish the reasons for the problem. Alternatively the therapist may give suggestions to the subconscious mind aimed at overcoming specific problems such as lack of self confidence or low self worth and anxiety. Helpful tips to deal with stress.

Some uses such as calming a person so they can release stress and sleep more easily require minimal change on the part of the individual, more complex behaviour patterns such as overeating or treatment of panic disorders or reactive (non-clinical) depression require a more complex therapeutic intervention together with psychological and behavioural homework.

As long as there have been human beings, there has been hypnosis. We use this commonly occurring, and natural state of mind, unknowingly, all the time. It is just natural for us. For example, if you have ever watched a television program or a movie and became really absorbed into the program, you were probably in a trance. Advertisers understand this. They use television programs to induce a hypnotic trance and then provide you hypnotic suggestions, called commercials! Everyone has already experienced hypnosis, by accident or intentionally. Another common example of this naturally occurring state of mind is when you are driving down the road, with your mind focused on some other task (a day dream perhaps), and next thing you know, you have passed your next turn or have arrived at your destination without remembering the steps you took to get there. Hypnosis, meditation, day dreaming, being absorbed in a book or music or television, driving and arriving at your destination without recalling all the usual landmarks etc. are good examples of us being in alpha state or ‘day dreamy’ state. All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation

So now you know you can be Hypnotised. You have done it literally thousands of times. You did it yourself when you were daydreaming and missed that turn, you have been Hypnotised when you enjoyed a television program, and you have followed hypnotic and posthypnotic suggestions when you preferred some brand name that you saw repeatedly on television.

Hypnosis practised by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe.

Nobody can ever be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, people still remain in complete control of any suggestions given.

The whole object of hypnosis is to take back control that has been lost and which has therefore resulted in the symptom or problem.

It is estimated that approximately 85% of people of all age groups will readily respond to hypnosis.

The hypnotic state is an optimum state for making swift changes in your life.

Contact me today to find out how I can help you, release anxiety, change unwanted behaviours and teach your subconscious mind how to create a fabulous future for you.

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