Hypnotherapy is shrouded in so many myths. In fact most people believe that hypnosis isn’t real. You may have a picture in your mind of the mysterious hypnotist figure popularized in movies, comic books and television. This ominous, goateed man waves a pocket watch back and forth, guiding his subject into a zombie-like state. Once hypnotized, the subject is compelled to obey, any of the requests that the hypnotist suggests, no matter how ridiculous. These depictions have all contributed to the myths and misinformation of hypnosis and it is so far from the truth that it isn’t funny. This blog today is all about hypnosis, what it is all about, why it is used and also to help set your mind at ease to any questions or doubts you may have. We want to introduce you to the amazing benefits of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all experience many times a day. Have you ever tried talking to someone who is watching TV and found it hard to get their attention? Or how about when you drive from one place to the next and not really remember how you got there? In both these instances, you were in a hypnotic trance - a pleasant, relaxed, altered state of consciousness, gently drifting off - or daydreaming - whilst still keeping your conscious mind switched on. The only difference between what happened to you in these instances and the state you enter when you actually receive hypnotherapy is possibly the depth of trance and the content. Even though hypnotherapy induces a very pleasant and deep state of relaxation, rest assured you are always aware of what is going on. Your conscious mind stays switched on and you actually are in control at all times.
Now, close your eyes and breathe in……now breathe out……..breathe in again………and breathe out and relax………relax the muscles around your eyes so that they are so relaxed that you couldn’t relax them any further………..on the next breath out relax them so much that they are too relaxed to open………..holding onto that relaxation, test them and make sure they stay shut……….
In day-to-day life, the unconscious and conscious parts of the mind work independently from each other and are not always focused on the same goal, or the same intent. What actually happens during hypnotherapy is that we can bring them into alignment through trance (as we have discussed, a very gentle, natural process). Trance is the moment when the two minds can come together by removing the barrier or ‘critical faculty’ and focus on the same thing at the same time with the same intent. Putting the unconscious and the conscious mind on the same task allows for an exchange of thoughts, ideas and information in both directions. They can both “speak” to each other. The conscious mind “speaks” to the unconscious mind, so that we can help modify perceptions to a more educated level; and from the unconscious to the conscious, so that we might be able to more easily recall things which are relevant to us and part of the healing process. These two parts of the brain are thus made to work together without conflict. Hypnosis has little value unless the client is willing to accept it. With that willingness, the affect of an accepted suggestion will “bypass critical faculty and establish selective thinking that brings about change…When you work with us as hypnotherapists, you will simply be using this natural ability to bypass your own self-limiting beliefs, so that you can use more of your mind to effect positive change than you would do in your regular state of mind.
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