Hypnosis – What is it?

hypnosisWhile definitions can vary, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) describes hypnosis as a “state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. Similarly, when our minds are concentrated and focused, we are able to use our minds more powerfully.” This is a very apt definition to describe hypnosis. In reality, hypnosis is a state of either light or deep relaxation, during which you enter what is referred to as a ‘hypnotic trance’.

Why are some people fearful of Hypnosis?

Many people are fearful of hypnosis, incorrectly thinking that they will lose control or worse, be ‘under the control’ of the hypnotist or therapist. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, and a well- known statement that most therapists will attest to is that ‘all hypnosis is self-hypnosis’. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You have to allow it to happen. Furthermore you can hear everything that is being said, and recall the entire session should you choose to. The beauty of listening to our recordings however is that there is no third party involved, so any fears you might harbor about losing control will be completely absent, as you are choosing when, where and how to listen.

Hypnotherapy – what is it?

hypnotherapyA trained Hypnotherapist
will begin by talking in a way that relaxes you, suggesting that your muscles are relaxing, for example, and often using gentle music (as we do), then using therapeutic techniques such as NLP, positive affirmations, ego strengthening, guided visualizations, various therapeutic interventions, post hypnotic suggestions, and so on to help you eliminate negative behavior patterns and replace them with more positive, beneficial ones. As mentioned above, you are always fully in control and fully aware of what is going on. Our recordings are structured with positive suggestions, audible and subliminal, with various techniques being used to help you reach your goals more quickly.

Post-Hypnotic Suggestion

This is a positive suggestion(s) that a therapist will generally use during your hypnotherapy session, with the aim of your subconscious mind recalling it and acting on it after the session. These will always be positive, life affirming suggestions aimed at helping you reach your goals more quickly.

Being Hypnotised – What does it feel like?

The answer is that it’s different for different people. Some may experience a tingling sensation in hands or feet, some may feel ‘heavy’, some people become hyper-aware of every sound around them and sensation within them, yet others just find themselves drifting off into their own private world. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to be or feel during hypnosis. The majority of people on returning to the ‘normal’ waking state usually report that they felt ‘extremely relaxed’ or ‘more relaxed than ever before’. It’s a great way to de-stress, whilst gaining access to your sub-conscious mind to effect positive change.