What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that uses the unconscious mind to accelerate human change in certain behaviours. It is particularly effective in helping with smoking cessation, weight loss, stress reduction, motivation and pain control.
Hypnosis is a “do with” process – not a “do to” process. This means that the person experiencing hypnosis is in control throughout the entire process.
The mind is powerful. It stores every memory, experience and belief thus creating a model of how we perceive our individual world. Everyone sees their world differently, depending on factors including upbringing, socio-economic circumstances, family values, relationships, geographical home, personal interests and skills.
When something happens to us which does not fit into our perceived "perfect model" then life can become challenging. We develop automatic coping mechanisms which are not always healthy. Healing through hypnosis simply involves accessing the unconscious mind in order to change those negative habits into positive new beliefs. In other words, it helps to re-wire the neural pathways in the brain which overrides what the body is used to doing in a given situation. This includes feeling pain.
The good news is that hypnosis is something we do naturally every day, so it’s not a complicated process. It’s not like you see on movies where someone waves a stopwatch in front of your face and makes you do things you wouldn’t normally do. You’re in control the whole time. If something feels uncomfortable you can simply open your eyes.
Think about when you’re driving and your mind drifts off so you don’t remember the journey, yet if something happened suddenly, you would come out of that state and react accordingly. That’s hypnosis. We all experience hypnosis every time we become engrossed in a movie, a good book, or listen to an engaging speaker.
A typical hypnotic session involves a deep relaxation process, then a deepening technique followed by the actual healing. It is allowing yourself to drift into the alpha brainwave state which is that in-between state you experience every day before waking and sleeping. This is when you are able to access the unconscious mind without those niggling thoughts interfering, and you are open to suggestion.
You will remember everything that happens, be able to communicate if necessary while staying in hypnosis, and it can work with all your senses. If you find it difficult to visualise things, then it works just as well with sounds, smells, tastes and feelings.
Aches and pains
The nature of hypnotherapy means it doesn’t work for everybody. However, it is a natural therapy with no side effects, so it is certainly worth trying. Many people say it is an effective tool to use as part of their chronic pain management plan.Hypnosis has become an invaluable medical adjunct as an analgesic & anaesthetic.
The good news is that hypnosis is something we do naturally every day, so it’s not a complicated process
Hypnotherapy could be the solution you have been looking for to kick those bad habits for good. Whether you need help giving up smoking, shopping, gambling, sugar, or anything really – it is worth giving hypnotherapy a try.