It can be defined as a trance like state where a person becomes very relaxed, extremely suggestible and has a heightened state of imagination. Some people think that being hypnotised is similar to sleep, but this is not the case because when in a hypnotic trance, the person is wide awake and very aware of what is happening around them. The best way to explain being hypnotised is that it is similar to daydreaming or perhaps that feeling you have ten seconds before you fall asleep at night. Whilst in a state of hypnosis, you are fully conscious, able to concentrate on a particular topic whilst at the same time excluding any other thought.
What is hypnotherapy? Literally it is therapy carried out whilst in hypnosis. It is a treatment that has been around for 5000 years, so definitely not a new experimental type of therapy! Hypnotherapy can be used in many ways to help people make positive changes in their lives. Examples are:
A question I am often asked is what does hypnotherapy feel like? My answer is that you feel absolutely nothing other than very relaxed, laying on a couch or sitting on a chair. Whilst you are in hypnosis you are fully aware of what is going on around you and at no time do you feel you are out of control. Hypnotherapy is a pleasant, safe and relaxing experience.
Hypnosis is a state of mind that we all experience on a daily basis. Think about those ten seconds just before you nod off to sleep at night, or maybe being totally engrossed in a good book or movie. Hypnosis is just a feeling of deep relaxation and when you are in this beautifully relaxed state it is possible to access the powerful part of the brain known as the subconscious.
There are many issues that hypnotherapy can help including stress and anxiety reduction, weight loss, emotional eating, fears and phobias, self confidence and self esteem issues, relationships, public speaking and presenting issues, insomnia, stopping smoking, exam and driving test nervousness, irritable bowel syndrome and pain management.
It is thought that the subconscious accounts for approximately 90% of the brain’s capacity. The subconscious brain is where all our emotions are stored and therefore is responsible for our reactions, interpretations and general behaviour. The most important role that the subconscious plays is an automatic function that controls our breathing, the circulation of blood around our bodies and the repair of damaged tissue i.e. the healing process.
Hypnotherapy is literally therapy carried out whilst in a state of hypnosis. This is not a new therapy…it has been helping people deal with a vast range of problems for approximately the past 5000 years!
Nothing…absolutely nothing! You sit back in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and enter a state of relaxation and calmness. You are fully aware of what is going on around you and remain totally in control. This is a very pleasant state and can be likened to daydreaming.
For the past six years, I have been specialising in online hypnotherapy. In my experience, online hypnotherapy, when done from the comfort and safety of a person’s home results in a more relaxed state, therefore deeper hypnosis
No…completely the opposite in fact. You will feel very much ‘in control’. You will be fully aware of what you are saying and will remember everything. You cannot be made to do anything against your morals or judgement whilst in hypnosis
Everybody can be hypnotised as long as they realise that they are in control. People who think they cannot be hypnotised are those who have a fear of what could happen if they ‘let go’. I am a great believer in self-hypnosis and once a person realises that they remain in control, then they can take themselves into hypnosis very easily.