The word ‘hypnosis’, comes from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’ which translates to sleep.
It is a common misconception that hypnosis is sleep, in fact it is quite the opposite, more like a different state of mind where you are more focused, aware and open to suggestions.
The way we describe hypnosis is, ‘the ability to focus and direct your attention inwards, narrowing your attention to focus on certain ideas and suggestions’.
The conscious mind is the bit that analyses and rationalises. It is logical and intellectual.
The unconscious mind is creative and imaginative. It is the part of the mind that controls the body, memory and is responsible for your habits and behaviours (this is just one model used to explain hypnosis).
However, you will hear me talk about it as ‘sleep’ as this is easier to understand than me telling you to ‘go into a state of hypnotic trance where you are more alert and focused on the sound of my voice and the suggestions I give you, and where nothing else matters’!!!
Hypnosis is quite easily one of the least understood therapeutic tools in use. Most people think of hypnosis as a way to make them cluck like chickens or to strip off when they hear a certain song. Hypnosis is a valuable tool in helping people overcome fears, get rid of habits, withstand pain, and even reduce stress in their lives.
Every thought, action and behaviour is controlled by the mind. Hypnosis can be used to easily ‘re-programme’ the mind, the unwanted thoughts, actions or behaviours can be removed or replaced when hypnosis is used correctly. This provides lasting change and the freedom to live your life as you want to.
You have undoubtedly heard endless rumours about hypnosis, many of which are even believed by most hypnotherapists but in my opinion are mainly untrue.
Some people say ‘you can’t hypnotise somebody who doesn’t want to be hypnotised or you can’t hypnotise somebody who is drunk or even that people with an IQ of under 65 cannot be hypnotised’.
Most hypnotherapists generally use relaxation techniques to bore you half to sleep for up to an hour before any change work even starts, and they do not generally test their work.
Hypnotherapy is not a passive process for the client. Some people think that the hypnotherapist works his magic and the client takes no real active part in the process, this simply is not the case.
When we hypnotise you, you will be totally relaxed and comfortable and you will hear everything going on around you; you are just so focused on our suggestions – everything else will become insignificant unless it is important or we draw your attention to it. You will play an active part in making the changes you desire.
As part of our ‘wake-up’ procedure we also make you feel completely refreshed and invigorated and feeling more confident about yourself, ready to go about the rest of your day feeling fantastic.
Any worries, concerns or anxiety about hypnosis and what will happen are easily answered and quickly forgotten once we get started!