Hypnotherapy is a method of relaxing the mind and body so that a person can change beliefs and behaviours that are preventing them living life to its fullest.
Therapeutic Hypnosis induces a different state of consciousness that is relaxed and calm. We all access this state regularly throughout the day in familiar habits such as day-dreaming or when carrying out routine tasks in ‘automatic mode’. The conscious mind begins to wander and the subconscious mind comes into play so that we stay safe while thinking about another subject. The conscious mind is our logical, rational thinking process, while our subconscious deals with feelings, emotions, memory, imagination and creativity, intuition and our autonomic bodily functions such as breathing.
During Hypnotherapy the practitioner accesses and talks directly to the subconscious mind. To achieve this we need to bypass the conscious mind which dislikes change and may create resistance. Various relaxation techniques are used to allow the conscious mind to relax so that the subconscious mind can come forward. The Hypnotherapist works with this to facilitate positive change.
In a Hypnotherapy session you cannot be persuaded to accept anything against your will. You are conscious throughout and will hear, understand and remember everything during and after the session. Your mind will reason with any suggestions that are made and you will never accept a suggestion that is not right for you and you can always say ‘no’. You are aware, but very relaxed. This is called a ‘heightened state of awareness’. Hypnotherapy should never be confused with stage hypnotism. Hypnotherapy is not advisable for those with severe personality disorders, psychosis, epilepsy or schizophrenia.
Hypnotherapy has been used by people with:
- Physical conditions that have an emotional base or trigger such as skin problems, bowel and digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance and other conditions that originate in stress or emotion
- Fears and phobias, tension, stress, panic attacks, worry, anxiety, lack of self confidence, guilt, depression, OCD
- Insomnia and nightmares
- Tension headaches
- Teeth grinding, snoring
- Alcoholism, eating disorders, weight issues, smoking
- Lifestyle problems, relationship issues
- Fertility difficulties
- Chronic pain
- Stress related high blood pressure