How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is a state of mind that allows you to access inner resources and think about things in a new way, so that you can make steps towards achieving a desired outcome. Hypnosis enables the client to achieve a state of mental, physical and emotional relaxation. When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows people to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious (also referred to as the unconscious) mind and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits, or the effects of traumatic incidents that are having a negative impact, either mentally or physically.
It is a pleasant, voluntary state of relaxed attentive concentration, resulting in an altered state of consciousness, during which the conscious critical mind is relaxed and relatively inactive, and with a person’s permission, the doorway to the subconscious, inner mind is opened. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased, the senses are heightened, and the imagination is activated in a controlled manner. The inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions. Hypnosis reprograms, re-wires, and re-imprints any negative thoughts, and behaviours, at a deep subconscious level.
How many Hypnotherapy sessions do I need?
Everyone responds differently and at their own pace to the work we do together, however, I find that on average, three sessions often covers most aspects of the process of positive change for any one issue. The repetition of positive suggestions to the subconscious, during hypnosis, implants new empowering, thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
What does Hypnosis feel like & can anyone be hypnotized?
The feeling when in hypnosis is of being physically and mentally relaxed. It has been likened to the feelings we experience just before waking completely from sleep, or just as we drift off to sleep. Some people say it feels like daydreaming. When in hypnosis, people experience a state of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation. In itself, this is a very healing state. Virtually anyone can be hypnotised – some more easily than others. Like anything else in life, the more people practice self-hypnosis, the more easily they can slip into that wonderful relaxed state. The depth that people reach in hypnosis varies between individuals. It is not necessary to achieve a very deep level of hypnosis to bring about change to habits or conditions that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically. A common myth about hypnotisability is when a person says, “No one could hypnotise me, and I’m too strong minded”. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A person goes into hypnosis because they choose to. So in fact strong-minded individuals are usually really good candidates for hypnosis, provided they are committed to wanting it to work for them.
How safe is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a normal, naturally occurring, healthy state of mind. It is totally drug-free.
How can a treatment aimed at your mind, affect your body?
The body responds physically to thoughts. For example, when we think a frightening thought, we can experience increased heart rate, shortness of breath, “butterflies” in the stomach, muscular rigidity, sweating, shaking, and so on. Similarly, when we think a pleasurable thought, we can experience reduced heart rate, deeper breathing, relaxation of muscles, and so on. These are autonomic nervous system responses that are involuntary, but they can be utilized to promote health. When hypnotized, an individual is very open to suggestions that can enhance positive, and diminish negative physical reactions.
Will I be asleep or unconscious?
No. When a person is in Hypnosis, he is not asleep. He or she is very much aware of all that is going on. In actuality, in Hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. Of course, if a person is tired, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis. However, the subject is asleep and no longer in hypnosis. In actuality, when this occurs, the state of sleep is a light but relaxing state of sleep. A simple suggestion to wake up, given by the hypnotist, is all that is required to rouse up the subject.
Examples of natural hypnotic states
The experience of driving home while being mentally preoccupied by thoughts and suddenly realising that even though you have arrived safely at your destination, you can’t recall driving past familiar landmarks. It’s as if you were on automatic pilot.
If you have ever been so absorbed in an activity that you were able to block out sounds or make them totally unimportant or not even hear them.
If you have ever been able to shut out your surroundings by concentrating very hard on something else.
When reading a novel or watching a film and being so absorbed that you forgot about your surroundings, and almost living the story.
Was I really hypnotized? I heard everything you said.
Some people, after a session of hypnosis, don’t believe that they were hypnotized at all. This probably comes from misconceptions about just what a state of ‘trance’ really is. There are differences between the brain waves of people who are asleep, and those who are in trance. In practice, people who are hypnotized often talk with the hypnotist, and can both answer and ask questions, hear everything that is said very clearly, and are perfectly well-aware. There is no mysterious feeling to being hypnotized, and our minds are not taken over or controlled. This expectation, and perhaps a demand to have some mysterious experience beyond conscious control or awareness, seems to leave some people disappointed and even denying they had any experience at all. These same people may actually have received substantial results and unconscious change.
Will I lose control of myself?
No, there is no loss of control. Hypnosis allows clients to be more focused, less distractible and more skillful in using their own mental abilities constructively. In this way, they can achieve more of their goals, and consequently, actually achieve more (not less) control of their personal comfort, health, and well-being.
Can I get stuck or trapped in a hypnotic state?
No you cannot. At any time, a client can re-alert or choose to ignore suggestions. No one stays hypnotized indefinitely – you will always “come out” of trance within a short time.
What is Regression Therapy
Regression Therapy, is when you are in Hypnosis, and we go back to the core, the reason and the root cause of what is holding you back, from living a positive successful life. Once we have found out the reason for your negative programming and self-sabotage behaviours, we can then clear, reframe, re-wire and start the freeing, healing process. Understanding is Power!!!
How can I benefit from using NLP?
NLP is known to offer tools for people to gain control over their mind, behaviour and emotions. It has some of the most effective tools for resolving negative past experiences, fears and phobia’s, and works much faster and more effectively than mainstream therapy. It can produce fast results and profound lasting change in clients in any area of their life.