How does Hypnotherapy work
How does hypnotherapy work? There are differing points of view on this but in essence, Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious or unconscious mind. Hypnosis provides instant access to the subconscious.
Our conscious mind is the logical reasoning thinking part of brain. It is where you are, right here, right now, reading this blog. We cannot remember every tiny piece of information so our conscious mind chooses to remember what it wishes to remember and chooses to forget what it wishes to forget.
Subconscious or Unconscious Mind
The subconscious or unconscious mind is the “doing” part of our brain. It functions automatically without us needing to think about it. For instance, when did you last think about your breathing and how to do it? Most of the time we don’t. It just happens automatically.
Here in our subconscious is everything we’ve ever said, done, felt, heard, seen. Here is everything we know and think. Here is every emotion, every thought, every action. All filed away – in a very clever filing system.
In hypnotherapy we work with the subconscious and the power of Suggestion using hypnosis. As hypnotherapists we can help our patients access their filing system and pull out any files they choose to work with. Even those that are deeply archived.
It is in the subconscious that the hypnotherapist can help the patient make positive beneficial changes. But first the conscious mind, the logical part of the brain needs to be by-passed. And often (but not always), we use relaxation techniques to do this.
Our Minds are Powerful
Our minds are powerful and we can use that to positive effect with hypnotherapy. The key to our subconscious is our imagination.
Hypnosis used therapeutically in hypnotherapy is quite simply the most powerful device for personal development and positive change.
Why? Because it utilises the most powerful part of our creative potential. Our imagination.
Hypnosis is a natural self-healing gift
Hypnosis is a natural self-healing gift to us all, but only if we are aware of it and choose to use it.
In a hypnotic heightened state of awareness we are given an opportunity to reprogramme old unwanted behaviour patterns and habits. We can then create new positive and more appropriate ones.
It also offers us the opportunity to deeply relax which in turn can also increase our health and wellbeing.
How do I know I’ve been hypnotised?
You may ask, “How do I know I’ve been hypnotised?” Contrary to popular belief many hypnotees report that despite it being a very pleasant experience they do not feel any different to “normal.”
Even when they show positive signs of a good level of trance, they are unable to clearly distinguish one state from the other.
I think it is important for my patients to be aware of this because some have an expectation (and almost hope) they will drift off to planet Zog!
And of course, some do!
Some awaken with regret. They were in such an amazing place that could not be adequately described, but they knew something was “going on”.
Some patients say their arms or legs felt like lead. They couldn’t have lifted them if they tried. Some say the opposite. They felt very light and floaty.
Many report an awareness of their surroundings but they somehow feel a long way off at the same time. Similar perhaps to a long and refreshing daydream. They knew they could wake up at any time but chose not to do so because they were in such a pleasant place.
Within hypnotherapy most patients can easily achieve a light trance. Many can achieve a medium trance but fewer can achieve a deep trance. It is within a deep trance that surgery and dental work can be performed without the use of anaesthesia but it does require lots of training and practice.
Until next time,
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