What is hypnosis?

*Disclaimer – Willpower may be required and individual results may vary. 

 

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is something that causes many different reactions with different people. For some people it is a weird subject, for others it can instil a sense of fear. For those with a sense of fear or worry about what is hypnosis or what hypnotherapy is, I have good news. It is a very pleasant experience, that you have already had to some degree before. Hypnosis is not about sleep or being unaware, it is actually about the focus of your attention, and the positive utilization of your imagination.

 

The experience of hypnosis is not what you might expect, in so far as you are very aware and almost in a meditative state. Hypnosis is the attention of focus and the expansion of the imagination, which is a pleasant experience, but on it’s own does not actually do anything. Hypnotherapy, or change work, uses hypnosis as a tool to make changes. What is hypnosis? It is your natural ability to make changes.

INTRODUCTION TO HYPNOTHERAPY
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a tool to make changes happen more rapidly and easily. Hypnotherapy is the art of making positive suggestions to the subconscious mind. Hypnotherapy is different than stage hypnosis as it has no entertainment value. A Hypnotherapist is not interested in having you perform acts to entertain a crowd. Rather all of their focus is on using the power of hypnosis to enable you to make a change in your life that you wish to achieve. Hypnotherapy (as with all hypnosis) depends strongly on the persons consent. You cannot be made do anything, or reveal anything against your will during a hypnotherapy session. For different issues a hypnotherapy session can use different approaches. These can require a different amount of sessions. For the most part a hypnotherapy session is enlightening, pleasant and very powerful.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS MIND?

The conscious mind is a term used to describe the part of the mind that is ‘conscious’. It is the part of the mind you are thinking with right now. It is the part of the mind that analyses and learns new information, just like you are doing right now.
The subconscious mind looks after everything else, like breathing, habits, emotions, anything you don’t have to do consciously is being controlled by your subconscious mind. Anything you have learned, like how to read, to write, even to walk! It is the part of the mind that looks after any automatic action that you take.
HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
Using hypnosis as a tool to make changes, hypnotherapy opens up a line of communication with the part of the mind that controls all our automatic behaviour, the subconscious mind. When the automatic part of the mind has been sufficiently engaged, we have achieved hypnosis. We can then make changes and suggestions to the part of the mind that controls automatic behaviour. Once the changes or suggestions are accepted by the automatic part of the mind, those changes can become automatic in that persons life. On a scientific level: the brainwave activity of a person when they are in hypnosis has been measured as being much lower than a non-hypnotised person. It appears as though high levels of conscious brainwave activity act like a barrier to change. In hypnosis we lower those barriers.

WHY DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
Hypnotherapy helps change the thoughts and actions a person has on an automatic level. This means that it doesn’t rely so much on willpower as other methods might. It is like reprogramming a part of your behaviour, just like you might do with a computer program. In hypnotherapy, it is not possible to change any programming that would endanger your safety. As the ‘protection program’ is the strongest programming you have. But so long as the changes we wish to make do not run counter to this, they will be easily accepted.

WHAT DOES HYPNOSIS FEEL LIKE?
Hypnosis is the focus of attention, and the expansion of imagination. And as such it generally doesn’t actually feel that different than normal. Usually though, in a hypnotherapy session your focus will be centred on feelings of relaxation. This will result in you becoming very relaxed. Many people have described this feeling as being similar to meditation, but perhaps even more pleasant. It is usually a feeling of great peacefulness, where you can forget about your troubles for a while.

WHAT IS A CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST?
A Clinical Hypnotherapist is someone trained in the art and application of hypnosis in order to achieve a desired change in people’s thoughts, behaviors and emotions. A clinical hypnotherapist is qualified to deal with issues such as emotional disorders (depression, panic attacks, phobias), habits (smoking, weight loss, nail biting) and certain physical ailments (allergies, asthma, rashes). They are not qualified to deal with psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder.

HOW SAFE IS HYPNOSIS?
Completely. There has never been a recorded case of anyone being harmed through the use of clinical hypnosis. The fact is that people naturally go into varying states of hypnosis throughout the day. If you look at someone highly engrossed in an activity, such as playing a game or watching a TV program, usually they will be in a slight trance when they are doing so. Many people have had the experience of driving a car for miles and forgetting a part of the journey, they ‘tranced out’ for a while. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring phenomena, that hypnotists have learned to recreate during a hypnosis session.

WHAT IF I GET STUCK IN HYPNOSIS?
Can’t happen. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis, anymore than you can get stuck in a daydream.

CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED?
Virtually anyone who wishes to be, can be hypnotized rather easily. The exceptions are people who are taking medication or substances which prevent them from focusing clearly. Or, people with any disorder which will prevent them from focusing on or following the hypnotist’s directions. Apart from that people will experience hypnosis easily in the first session.

DO YOU GIVE A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE?
No. Experience has shown that giving a guarantee of this nature reduces the success rate of any program that is dependent on a person’s free will. Depending on the case though, we do continue to treat a person free of charge. It depends on whether we believe we can help the person or not. Usually we can determine this in the consultation session and we do advise the person as such.