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About Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a means of communicating with the unconscious mind.  The unconscious mind is 90% of what you are, think do and behave.  Hypnosis is practiced in a very relaxed state, but the mind is active. Each  Hypnotherapy session should leave the patient relaxed, refreshed, optimistic and more in control.

How to choose a hypnotherapists

Always chose a hypnotherapists who has attended a credited course that has involved sustained course work as well as written assignments and has had tutorage.  That are a member of a professional body, (BSCH) which will ensure the appropriate code of conduct as well as a complaints procedure. 

What does a hypnotherapy treatment involve?

A Hypnotherapists will attempt to find out as much about the client and their problem as possible during the first visit to try and establish the relevant psychological factors and the appropriate mode of treatment.

In hypnotherapy you will be relaxed in a comfortable chair or couch and by talking in a firm but relaxing voice, the therapist will put you into a hypnotic state - neither asleep nor awake. You will be asked to relax your body by breathing deeply and slowly. The therapist will then try to extract information from your subconscious mind in order to find the cause of your problem, possibly by taking you back to your childhood for your earliest memories. Suggestions may be made to your subconscious which will be related to your problem. At the end of the session you will be brought out of the hypnotic state feeling calm, relaxed and re-energised.

Hypnotherapists state that the subconscious will only accept commands that do not conflict with the natural instinct for self-preservation and will therefore not allow the patient to become an object of exploitation by an unprincipled therapist.

What Hypnosis is not

  • The patient may be relaxed but they have absolute control.
  • There is no loss of memory of what happened under hypnosis.
  • Hypnosis is amplifying the patients will power.
  • There is no domination of the patient.
  • There is no swinging watch or Svengali type control of the patient.

Further information

The use of trance states to facilitate healing dates back to ancient times. Modern day hypnotherapy developed from Austrian physician, Anton Mesmer's work on animal magnetism in the 1800s and work by psychologists and neurobiologists in the 1900s.

During hypnosis the person enters a relaxed state, in which respiration, heart and metabolic rates slow down and the conscious mind is by-passed leaving the unconscious, or sub-conscious mind open to suggestion.

Usually light or medium trance states are used and the person remains fully aware of all that is going on. A small proportion of susceptible people can be placed in deep trance states in which all conscious awareness is lost.

Two main types of hypnosis are used today. The most common is induction hypnosis whereby the practitioner talks the person into a deeply relaxed state and then implants mental healing suggestions. The psychiatrist, Milton Erickson (1901-1980) developed a less authoritarian approach in which inductions and solutions are not imposed. Instead impromptu suggestions are made during everyday trance states and the patient remains in control.

Erickson's work has also been developed into self-hypnosis techniques. These typically involve self-induction using four stages: relaxation; 'deepening' (e.g mentally counting yourself down from 10-1 into a more and more relaxed state); application of 'suggestions'; and formal ending (e.g. mentally counting oneself back up into fully alert consciousness). The 'suggestions' are positive statements about a desired behaviour or outcome that are used to 'programme' the subconscious mind during the relaxed state. Try for yourself with our self-hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy has been widely researched and proved successful in the treatment of many conditions including anxiety, phobias, addictions, weight problems, pain, insomnia and high blood pressure. In the hands of qualified, experienced and trustworthy practitioners hypnotherapy is safe.



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