Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic process that uses various types of therapeutic interventions including guided relaxation that can help you change the way you think and behave about a particular situation. The positive benefits are often long lasting and permanent.
What does hypnosis feel like?
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?
- Do you daydream?
If you have answered "Yes" to any of the above then you have experienced hypnosis. These are everyday examples of an altered state of awareness or narrowing of focus.
And hypnosis is another example of an altered state of awareness – one which can be used for self-help. It is a perfectly natural state that commonly 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 extremely beneficial.
The term Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of somatic and psychological symptoms.
What's the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
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.
What Conditions Can Hypnosis Treat?
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:
- Breaking unwanted habits (e.g. smoking, nail biting, hair pulling, poor sleep habits, worrying too much).
- Pain control for minor Surgery, Dentistry, Arthritis, and general Neuromuscular aches and pains.
- Anxieties including, Phobias, Compulsions, Emotional Problems, Insomnia, Inhibitions, Guilt Feelings, Jealousy, and many of the worries and anxieties of everyday life.
- The use of Self-Hypnosis will help prevent stress and tensions caused by modern day living, reduce high blood pressure and the risk of Cardiovascular disease.
- Effective Weight Control, especially where gaining an understanding of the emotions that drive the need to overeat are concerned.
- Increasing Work, Study and Sporting Performance.
- Improving Concentration and Memory.
- Developing the Imagination, and using visioning for goal setting and goal achievement.
- Boosting Self-Confidence, and achieving more of the potential which we all possess.
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.