What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is simply a relaxed daydream condition in which a person remains fully aware of their surroundings and in charge of their actions. Many experts believe we enter hypnosis as much as 80% of our day! It is as natural as breathing. In fact 15 minutes of hypnosis can be the equivalent of one hour of restful sleep.
When you are in hypnosis you are awake and aware – you are not asleep. Your mind is still active; your thoughts are under your control. You can hear, speak, laugh, scratch and remember everything that has happened.
To put it simply, hypnotherapy is the practice of working with the subconscious mind while a person is in hypnosis. It is a dynamic therapy suitable for resolving many problems and in many cases can be very effective in just a few sessions.
During hypnosis you allow yourself to become relaxed, choosing to respond to the suggestions of the hypnotherapist. In this relaxed condition you are in contact with your subconscious mind, the seat of emotional and behavioural problems. If we understand that the subconscious mind is about 90% while the conscious mind is about 10% we can easily understand that it is more effective to work with the subconscious mind. It is this characteristic of acceptance that can bring about changes in behaviour, banish fears or change habits.
This trance like state is when learning and openness to change are most likely to occur – which is why hypnotherapy is so effective.
The hypnotherapist plans to ‘plant’ ideas in the subconscious and give suggestions that enable the desired changes. For instance one could hypnotically condition the smoker that he is now a non-smoker and that cigarettes are revolting and dangerous. One could hypnotically persuade the overweight person that they no longer enjoy bread, potatoes, rice, sweet foods etc. These new ideas can become embedded in the subconscious and lead to the desired change.
Can Hypnotherapy help me?
Yes providing you agree to the suggestions and you allow yourself to be guided through the process, it will definitely work for you. The fact is simply that our behaviours and habits are not under our conscious control. Consciously we tell ourselves that we are not going to do something anymore but those unconscious patterns, triggers and habits just kick in and we have no control over them. Old habits triggered by your unconscious patterns. The only way to break an old habit is to change that habit and alter those patterns. You can do that by using all your will power or you can do it the easy way with hypnosis.
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation that allows you to access and communicate with the deeper subconscious part of the mind. This is the place where unconscious habits and patterns are stored. This makes it not only possible – it actually makes it easy – to change the unwanted habits developed over a lifetime. Everyone can be hypnotised if they allow themselves to be guided through the process. No-one can be hypnotised against their will as you can resist it. Trance is a very common and familiar feeling. It is simply a state of relaxation of the mind and body.
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