What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis to bring about changes desired by the client, nothing like what performers do to entertain an audience. It is normally a very pleasant experience, and used properly it will help you make deep and lasting changes.
What is hypnosis?
Most people believe that hypnosis isn’t real. They have seen movies, or poor stage shows, or the guy on TV who makes out he has power over people on stage. This is far from the truth.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that everyone experiences every day. Have you ever tried to talk to someone watching television and found it hard to get their attention? This is a naturally occurring trance state. It is a state of focussed attention, and in a therapeutic environment it is similar to deep relaxation and creative imagination with the advantage of a professional to guide you towards your goals.
What is it like?
Now close your eyes and breathe in …. now breathe out.
And again breathe in …. now breathe out and relax.
Now relax the muscles around your eyes so they are so relaxed that you could not possibly relax them any further.
Now relax them so much that they are too relaxed to open. Now holding onto that relaxation, test them to make sure they stay shut.
What if I lose control or get hypnotised into doing something I later regret?
You can’t be hypnotised into doing something against your will. Hypnotherapy is a collaborative process where you and your therapist will discuss your goals and you work together to achieve them. They are committed to your greatest good, empowering you to change.
I would be too scared to undergo hypnosis.
Everyone naturally enters hypnotic states many times every day. When you get into your car and drive automatically while thinking about something else you may not remember the trip, but your conscious mind instantly pays attention and takes action if anything untoward happens, such as a car pulling out in front of you.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Everyone can. There are various levels, and light hypnosis is very effective – when you are aware and yet focussed – like watching a movie or your favourite sport. Some people expect deep unconsciousness, but it is not necessary.
What are the side-effects of hypnosis?
Because it is safe and natural, there are no untoward effects. Positive side-effects, like feeling more relaxed, confident, energetic and even overcoming health problems or addictions that were not your stated goals are commonly experienced.
Many religions practice hypnosis in ceremonies and tradition, although it’s not referred to as hypnosis. For example religious chanting, meditation, prayer, singing hymns and faith healing. The Roman Catholic Church (one of the most conservative religions), recognised hypnosis as a natural part of our own ability to heal and function, not the work of the devil. It gives approval for the use of hypnosis, when used by somebody with good intention.
References in the bible talk of being under the control by somebody. This is why some religions believe hypnosis to be evil or bad. With hypnosis you are always in control.