About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis happens to you several times a day, and even more often in young children....
Have you ever been driving somewhere, reached your destination and cant quite remember how you got there?
Or have you ever found that time has done strange things after concentrating on a repetitive activity.
Or do you remember staring out of a window, watching the clouds pass by or trees blowing in the wind, and not known how long you've been there.
These are all forms of hypnosis, just like that lovely time between being awake and asleep when you go to bed or wake up in the morning.
In hypnotherapy, hypnosis involves experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with a heightened attention or focus. You are always in control, and you are not 'made' to do anything. Hypnotherapy is not about that, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment. Within hypnosis the unconscious mind is worked with in full knowledge of your conscious mind, so that behaviours and life patterns can be transformed.
The following extracts from the book, "Doctor, What's the Alternative?" by Dr Hilary Jones, provide an easy to understand description of what hypnotherapy is, how it works and how hypnotherapy can help you change and grow.
'Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.'
'The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken, this is the part which has to change for the person's behaviour or physical state to alter.
For example, a person who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror and prevents the patient from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.'
'The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.'