A hypnotic or a trance-like state is brought about by repeated commands in a soothing tone of voice to induce relaxation of body and mind; this can be achieved by focusing on breathing and shifting attention away from the external environment. Once body and mind are relaxed the client has a heightened susceptibility to positive suggestions used to bring about beneficial changes. The hypnotherapist assists in uncovering and exploring memories, emotions and past events which may affect a persons' conscious mind. They can also use hypnotherapy to activate the clients' inner resources and subconscious mind in order to achieve a desired goal.
Many studies have shown that roughly 90% of the population are capable of being hypnotized. All that's needed is:
"There is more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy" - The Health Education Authority
Complex problems can often be resolved in a matter of sessions. Humans are largely driven by subconscious habits and programming that has been learnt over time. Some patterns are learnt by repetition (driving, singing, dancing,) and some are learnt by a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœone offÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ event (phobias fears or trauma) mostly these habits help and support us in life, but, sometimes they can become destructive when driven by unwanted emotions.
Hypnosis allows the therapist to work directly with the subconscious mind - the creator of these inner programmes. Hypnosis works by taking you into a comfortable state where the conscious mind relaxes and the subconscious mind is open to suggestions and direction. The subsequent trance is a natural state that anyone can go into. During hypnosis you are completely safe and in control at all times, you will not be asleep and you will not be unconscious. Nor will you do anything against your will. You can even still hear and understand everything around you. In fact most people feel incredibly relaxed. You may have watched someone being hypnotised on stage or TV and it might have looked like they didn't know what they was happening to them, however the fact is they are totally aware of what they are doing and saying but have allowed themselves to be hypnotised and have chosen to follow instructions given to them in order to be 'the star of the show'. Clinical hypnotherapy is different as you are working towards resolving issues that are holding you back in your life.
To give you an idea: Think of times when you may have driven somewhere, perhaps to work, and then when you get there you cannot remember part of the journey. Perhaps when reading a good book or watching a movie and you get so caught up that you forget the time. Or even still, when you first wake in the morning and you can hear things around you (bird song, voices) but you do not want to open your eyes, not yet! During all these situations you are in what would be described as a light trance and all that hypnosis does is to deepen that state of mind.
Hypnotherapy is used in a number of fields including psychotherapy, surgery, dentistry, research and even as an alternative medicine. Hypnotherapy is also commonly used as a possible treatment for a wide ranges of emotional and health conditions including:
An average hypnotherapy session last 60 minutes and may include other techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and/