SO WHAT EXACTLY IS HYPNOSIS?

Hypnosis can be amazingly effective and often is directly responsible for major changes in our life patterns.


Hypnosis is a state of profound relaxation that you allow yourself to enter. You remain completely in control and you can choose to come out of hypnosis at any time.

How would you feel if you realized that you have been in hypnosis many times?  That each of us is in the hypnotic state at least twice every day.  Hypnosis is that natural, day-dreaming-like state between waking and sleep. In this relaxed state, you can learn very quickly; which is why you can experience such benefits from hypnotherapy.

Now that we are able to measure brain wave states, we know that the hypnotic state involves Alpha and Theta brain waves.  These brain waves are most commonly associated with excellence, with relaxation, with creative visualization and with lateral thinking states.
The benefits of the state of hypnosis itself are increased levels of relaxation and decreased levels of anxiety and stress.

Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis.  The development of the practice of modern hypnotherapy started back in the 18th Century through the work of Franz Anton Mesmer, and later his student the Marquis de Puysegur.  Later, James Braid was responsible for coining the term ‘Hypnosis’ after Hypnos, the Greek God of Sleep.  During this period, hypnosis was a widely respected therapy often used as pain relief at a time before the development of general anaesthetic.  Hypnosis is still recognized and used as a very effective method of pain alleviation today.

Freud used hypnosis a great deal in his early studies and work, before he developed his own method of Free Association.  Today, most modern hypnotherapists use techniques developed by Braid, by Bernheim, who Freud studied with, and by Dr Milton Erickson, an American Psychiatrist, who developed a permissive, gentle style.

Hypnosis is a well researched technique that is commonly used by doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists within a clinical environment.  The method can often help to promote change in clients where other methods of therapy have been unsuccessful or very slow. Many decades of formal clinical research exists about hypnosis for many types of disorders and anxieties. For more information on current research click here.
 

Is it like stage hypnosis?

No it is not, stage hypnosis is for entertainment only.

Many of you may only know of hypnosis from old movies or TV programmes. Let's dispel with that common myth that hypnosis uses mind control techniques. The stage hypnotist's trade is one of careful selection, illusion and reliance on his picking extraverted subjects who are happy to entertain an audience.

Hypnotherapy is conducted by trained therapists who have a professional duty to provide support and help our clients in the best possible way we can.  During hypnotherapy you are not letting go of anything, not disclosing anything, not doing anything against your will. Rather, you are being guided to relaxation where new learning, new insights, and positive changes can quickly and effectively take place

Learning the experience

Once you learn how hypnosis feels, you can achieve the state yourself with practice, so that soon you will be able to take yourself into and out of this state of relaxation whenever you wish to. This is called self-hypnosis.

Hypnosis is similar to meditation, except that you have an experienced therapist to guide you. For many of you, this relaxation is completely refreshing, and for some, the first experience of such calmness for several years.

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