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Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe and the positive benefits are long lasting and often permanent.
* Have you ever been so involved with a task that you have lost track of time?
* Have you ever driven from one place to another and arrived safely but not remembered the journey?
* Have you ever read a book and become so involved with the plot you can see scenery and hear characters speak?
* Have you ever daydreamed?
If you have said "Yes" to any of these (and most of us do) then you have experienced hypnosis.
These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness or narrowing of focus.
Hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness – one which can be used for self-help. It is a perfectly natural state, which occurs between being fully awake and fully asleep.
In the clinical setting, hypnosis is usually accompanied by a pleasant state of physical relaxation, which in itself is beneficial especially in the symptoms induced by or aggravated by stress.
The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.
There is a distinction to be made between hypnosis and hypnotherapy, which many people are a little confused by.
The word 'hypnosis' refers to a trance state that the dictionary describes as being artificially induced, however, hypnotic phenomena happens naturally too - as described in the first paragraph above. When a person is in hypnosis it is sometimes characterised by a sleepiness yet a more accurate description would be a state of focus.
Hypnosis occurs to everyone and in everyday situations whether you are aware of it or not! This means that hypnosis is very natural and that all humans as well as many other animal species experience it.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is the psychological healing process that uses hypnosis to achieve a desired result.
Suggestion is often greater when a client is under hypnosis making for better communication between the conscious and subconscious mind. Therefore, behaviours and beliefs that are sometimes difficult to shift by conscious will alone and where the client wishes to effect positive change, can have greater responsiveness in hypnosis.
Hypnotherapists use hypnosis not only for medical purposes, but also as an aid for the resolution of many problems that are psychological in origin.
It is estimated that approximately 85% of people of all age groups will readily respond to Clinical Hypnotherapy. It is often successful when other more conventional methods of treatment have failed.
Listed below are some of the conditions for which hypnotherapy is indicated as a practical treatment:
No one can be hypnotised against their will and no one can be forced to do things while in hypnosis that they do not want to do.