You may have heard or read about the benefits of hypnotherapy and all of the things that it can help with, but may have wondered what it actually or how it works. Hopefully this article will help.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is simply an altered state of consciousness which we all experience naturally every day – we don’t notice it simply because it is so natural. We enter the state of hypnosis when we fall asleep and when we wake up, when we become engrossed in book or a film, or when we’re driving a familiar route and feel as though we’ve ‘switched off’ from where we are.
In hypnosis your attention becomes focussed and narrowed and allows you to access more areas of your brain. It’s not a form of sleep but when you do experience hypnosis you often feel extremely relaxed physically, your body may feel as though it has gone to sleep and you often keep very still. But in fact you remain awake. The conscious part of the brain is turned down and the unconscious part of the brain is more active.
Elaine Collins, Aurora Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy uses the state of hypnosis as its main therapeutic tool – the changes in the way the brain processes information during hypnosis can be used to bring about therapeutic change. Hypnosis allows you to bypass the conscious mind and the limitations of conscious thought; it enhances your ability to be imaginative and to change; it can have a powerful effect on psychological and physical issues.
A hypnotherapist will help you to use these abilities to address problems successfully. Hypnotherapy allows you to re-learn and change your thinking patterns quickly and effectively. By changing the way you feel and think about things can help you to make positive changes in your life.
Seven myths of hypnosis:
Hypnosis is magical
Hypnosis is a natural state – there’s nothing magical about it.
When you are experiencing hypnosis you are asleep
In hypnosis you are generally very relaxed but not asleep. In fact you are in an alert but relaxed state.
Hypnosis is dangerous
Hypnosis itself is not dangerous as it is a completely relaxed state. But it is important to treat it with respect because it is a powerful technique. You should always consult a fully qualified and registered Hypnotherapist.
In hypnosis you will do things you don’t want to do or disclose things you want to keep private
In hypnosis you remain in control and will not say or do anything you do not want to.
There is a danger you will not wake up from hypnosis
In hypnosis you are not asleep and you can come out of the altered state at any time.
Some people cannot be hypnotised
Every individual experiences different things when in hypnosis but everyone can, with practice, attain a different state of consciousness.
In hypnosis you are under someone else’s control
In hypnosis the person being hypnotised is always in control. You cannot force anyone into hypnosis. In hypnotherapy the therapist facilitates the process and helps to produce therapeutic change.
Things to remember:
- Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness
- Hypnotherapy guides you into this altered state of consciousness
- This altered state often involves experiencing a state of deep physical relaxation in which you remain awake.
- Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to bring about therapeutic and positive change
- These positive changes come about through changing your thoughts and emotional responses
- This can bring about benefits to your general health and well-being