What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a deep state of relaxation during which suggestions are made to create beneficial changes in ideas or behaviour.
The subconscious mind controls the involuntary functions of the body, including habits and things that we do ‘automatically’ - it is fuelled by our emotions and imagination and directs the energy from within. The subconscious mind also contains memories of every single thing that has occurred to us.
In hypnosis the mind is very receptive to new ideas and open to suggestions which encourage more sensible, balanced or helpful attitudes to reality.
In the clinical setting, symptoms associated with stress or anxiety can be helped; in such cases it is not a substitute for medical treatment, but a very useful supplement to it. Mind and body affect each other and the person as a whole in benefited by this holistic approach.
For some conditions, regression techniques can be used. This may mean re-examining (without necessarily re-experiencing) events which influenced us at an earlier time in life. By bringing these memories to the surface the subconscious mind is able to discharge the negative effects and can be ‘reprogrammed’ for success.
The number of sessions required usually varies from person to person, however most people feel some benefit from hypnotherapy immediately.
Our most used methods
The Simplest form of Hypnotherapy is to send the client into a trance state, followed by the therapist imparting a series of 'suggestions' to the subconscious mind with a view to positively influencing thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This form of hypnotherapy is often employed in situations where there is no root cause that needs addressing, and can also be used effectively on a short-term basis to foster change in a limited number of sessions
Reframing is usually done in trance and delivered as a metaphor. The purpose of reframing is to offer the client the opportunity to view their own behaviour and beliefs from a different point of view. The meaning you ascribe to a situation depends on the assumptions that you hold about it. Different assumptions give a different meaning. This is particularly useful for treating phobias and habits.
Dynamic Mental Imagery or DMI is a therapy where we guide you from a conscious visualisation to a subconscious place created by your own mind. It allows us to communicate with the subconscious mind and allow hidden answers and ideas to come out. The subconscious will offer answers in a symbolic way, which can then be used to clear issues.
Regression is powerful hypnotic technique involving taking the client back in time to rectify the record of the event that is causing their problem. Usually the client recounts some minor but significant event in childhood. In trance the hypnotist guides the client through the event again, but this time the client is encouraged to use the wisdom of their older self to either reframe the event or to change the outcome in some way. In the right circumstance regression is very effective
Other Uses of Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is often used in sport psychology to bring the best out of athletes. People who expect to excel usually do. Mentally rehearsing a successful game can fire neurons in the brain in exactly the same patterns they would follow when actually performing the activity. It is believed that these movements, along with contractions in the muscles, are responsible for improved neuromuscular co-ordination.
Hypnosis is the ideal state for enhancing creativity and imaginative pursuits. Many artists, writers, musicians and inventors have produced their best work during trance states when ideas flow more easily and abundantly.
Self hypnosis is taught in groups or individually. During therapy a post-hypnotic suggestion may be given to achieve the desired state, giving you the confidence you need to free yourself from self-limiting beliefs.
In group experiments, tests have shown that patients treated with hypnotherapy have enhanced anatomical and fracture healing. Before anesthetic was discovered some 75% of patients operated upon would die during or shortly after the operation, compared to 5% of those treated with hypnosis.