Hypnotherapy is an empowering therapy used to positively benefit each client by helping them to alleviate, relieve or eradicate unwanted behaviours, symptoms or issues.
Our bodies have a tremendous capacity for healing. Hypnotherapy can help us access and encourage our body’s natural mental and physical self-healing processes. It can also replace old habits with new and improved behaviours; help build confidence or self-esteem; and reduce anxiety.
I believe there is an important link between body and mind where illness, disease (dis-ease) and general health and well-being of the body is concerned. There is a relatively new area of science and research called Psychoneuroimmunology (or PNI for short!) which is of particular interest to me. It focuses on the link between mind and body and how the mind can produce a physical effect on the body, (positive or negative). It is a fascinating science and, with more and more information becoming available I continue to acknowledge how wonderful and powerful a healing entity the human mind and body can be.
Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that is centuries old. Used therapeutically, it is a safe technique that has many healing uses.
Most of us experience hypnotic trance-like states without even realising it?
When did you last become so absorbed in a book, TV programme or some other task or pursuit, that life continued on around you without you even being aware?
Why were you not aware? Because your focus was concentrated on that one thing to the exclusion of everything else that continued to go on around you.
In hypnosis our analytical/reasoning mind, (or conscious mind) is by-passed so that the unconscious mind can be accessed. It is here in the unconscious mind that we store every single thing we have ever experienced; every thought, feeling, behaviour, action, memory, whether they be positive or negative.
And it is here too that that profound and long lasting changes can be made for the positive benefit of the patient.
Hypnotherapy is just as it sounds – hypnosis and therapy combined.
Hypnosis is not a therapy in itself. Like most things, it can be used to positive or negative effect. Hypnosis used for entertainment purposes is not what hypnotherapy is about. Hypnosis is used in hypnotherapy to achieve a positive outcome for the client. It is used as a means to a therapeutic end as it were.
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness and heightened focus. It is a natural state and happens quite frequently for many people. It is similar to daydreaming for instance, when the mind becomes relaxed and focused, where time passes very quickly, and is accompanied by good feelings of deep relaxation in mind and body.
Have you ever become so absorbed in reading a book or watching a film to the exclusion of everything else around? Or reached a destination not remembering passing familiar landmarks?
Hypnotherapy is a treatment that utilises the benefits of hypnosis for the positive effect of the patient. The mind is powerful, and thoughts, whether they be positive or negative, can have a physical effect on the body.
Based on the premise that mind and body do not work in isolation, by inducing a hypnotic trance state, the hypnotherapist can then help the patient achieve solutions or goals to the presenting symptom, condition or situation, by working with the unconscious mind and stimulating the patients’ mental and physical self-healing processes that lie in the subconscious.
Most people can achieve a hypnotic state. Hypnosis used therapeutically as it is in hypnotherapy, is not about controlling minds. A patient can only be hypnotised with their permission.