What is hypnosis?
Most people are in a state of hypnosis several times a day. Some examples are when you are daydreaming or lose track of time when you are driving, or if you hear a song that takes you back to another time or place then you were in a hypnotic state. This is a perfectly natural state we all go through as we begin to drift off to sleep or when we are extremely relaxed.
What is hypnotherapy?
During a hypnotherapy session, you will be guided into a nice, relaxed, comfortable state and once the ‘chatter’ of the conscious mind is switched off, your subconscious mind will be able to absorb the new suggestions it is being offered. During the session you achieve a completely relaxed trance-like state, from which you are able to return to whenever you wish; you are always totally in control. It will never accept suggestions that are wrong or harmful to you.
Utilized successfully by the medical community, healing community and governments, the proven results of hypnotherapy are well established and recognized worldwide. In this growing field of therapy, the results of many clinical trials are far-reaching and impressive. Hypnosis is a state of consciousness in which you are 200 times more ‘suggestible’ than regular waking consciousness. While in hypnosis, a hypnotherapist is able to communicate directly with the unconscious mind and by using positive suggestions is able to achieve lasting transformation.
What is the difference between my conscious and subconscious mind?
The conscious mind can think about the past, present and future – and it is the bit that reminds you to make that phone call or buy a loaf of bread. The subconscious mind is more like the motor or engine that drives you. Having been programmed from childhood by your environment and the experiences you have had, it stores all your habits and behaviours and acts like your personal automatic pilot.
How does hypnotherapy solve phobias or problems?
Not all the patterns of behaviour stored in your subconscious mind are helpful or useful, e.g. phobias or anxieties and habits such as overeating or smoking. One of the easiest ways to make changes to these imprinted patterns is in the same way that the information got in – through the subconscious mind.
How will I know if I have really been hypnotized?
Since you remain aware and can speak if you wish, you may actually believe that you have not been hypnotized. I, however, have visual signs to tell me that you are in trance. They include: rapid eye movement, swallowing, jaw dropping as well as many other signs of relaxation.
What will I feel like when I am in trance?
Everyone experiences this state differently. Imagine standing about chest deep in the swimming pool. You clearly see and hear everything around you. You can wave your arms and talk. Now I suppose you duck under water. It’s different. You see people and objects through a watery translucence. It’s quieter because water muffles sounds. Movement is different too – because the water’s resistance. Your body feels buoyant. The difference between standing up and ducking underwater is similar to the difference between alertness and trance.
How do I go into trance?
One of the most common is called a progressive relaxation. I ask you to focus on my voice as I systematically ask you to relax different body parts until your whole body is completely and visibly relaxed. At this point, you are usually in a light or deep trance depending on how suggestible you are.
How is hypnotherapy different from meditation?
Meditation is a means of quieting the mind and/or relaxing the body. Hypnotherapy helps your subconscious mind to accept the changes that you want to make. The physical feelings (relaxed and calm) that are generated by each are very similar.
Can I get “stuck” in hypnotherapy?
No, you cannot. You can always bring yourself out of the trance by having the conscious thought you are going to do so.
How is hypnotherapy different from “regular” therapy?
Traditional psychotherapy only involves the conscious, rational mind and helps a person deal with problems on the intellectual level. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, skips the conscious mind and goes directly to the subconscious mind where true change can take place. The subconscious mind serves as the memory bank of the body, controls involuntary functions and habits, and is the place of our imagination. It is in the subconscious mind where changes can be made that support what we want in life.
Who can benefit from hypnotherapy?
Anyone who wants to make a change in his or her life can benefit from hypnotherapy.