Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation, whereby the unconscious mind works with our conscious mind. It is an altered state of consciousness, where the conscious mind is suppressed, allowing us to access the unconscious mind directly.
Far from being an artificial state, it is a state we often find ourselves in; that state just before we fully wake up or fall asleep, that state that allows us to drive for many miles and then wonder how we got there, that state which allows us fully to immerse ourselves into a film and enjoy it.
By following instructions and entering into trance, our unconscious mind will accept new ideas and messages which allow us to make changes that we are ready to make. Our unconscious mind will, though, keep us safe, letting us do what we are ready to do and stopping us from doing what we are not. Importantly, hypnosis can reinforce the messages and beliefs that we have consciously agreed to accept.
How Hypnotherapy Helps
Everyone can respond to Hypnotherapy and benefit from it, if they are open to make the changes or have a belief that changes can be achieved. In other words, you cannot be hypnotised against your will. The process always respects your internal values and beliefs and therefore you remain in charge and in control throughout the process.
By inducing a relaxed altered state, communication is gained with your unconscious mind; that part of you that is responsible for bringing about desired change and competency. In a hypnotic trance, you are able to access your unconscious mind which allows you to tap into your creativity, access buried ,memories, change habits, repair self-belief.
A trance is characterised by muscle relaxation, feeling of well-being, and ability to accept new ideas as long as they do not conflict with personal values.
You will enter a state of deep and pleasant relaxation prior to the delivery of therapy. This is all achieved just by listening to the therapist as they speak to you in a calm and gentle way.
A wide range of techniques are used during the session including power of imagination, metaphors, storytelling or simply by direct suggestion all designed to facilitate change.
There are a number of areas where hypnotherapy is useful.
- Confidence & Self-Esteem
- Habits (Unwanted) such as smoking
- Phobias, Panic & Anxiety States
- Weight Management