Hypnosis is a state of mind and body in which you are both deeply relaxed and highly focused at the same time. We slip in and out of this state many times every day without even being aware of it.
Drivers experience this when they suddenly become aware that they are nearly at their destination and do not recall part of the journey, although they were clearly driving safely in a highly aware and focussed manner. They had reached a state of mind, which allowed the unconscious mind or what we might refer to as autopilot to take over.
Some people experience it as a day dreamy state where they become aware that time has passed much faster than they thought because they were “miles away”.
It is a state in which the noisy chatter of the conscious mind slips into the background to allow you to completely focus without distraction.
When you become so completely absorbed in a good book, music, a computer game or a film and there is a time lapse between hearing someone calling you and you responding, you have been in a state of hypnosis which allows you to temporarily screen out all distractions.
One of the best descriptions I have heard about how you feel in hypnosis is that lovely comfortable feeling of being somewhere between sleep and wakefulness, rather like waking slowly in the morning, being aware of the normal sounds of your household but being completely detached from them, just pleasantly drifting.
Hypnosis has been used for centuries to produce such an altered state of mind, a deep relaxation which allows the conscious mind to be sidestepped while the hypnotherapist makes suggestions for change directly to the unconscious mind which is in a state of heightened receptivity.
It is the unconscious mind which controls all our automatic behaviours such as the stress response, addictive behaviour and phobic reactions. It is therefore the unconscious mind that has to be effectively reprogrammed to bring about lasting change.
Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis. There will be no barking like a dog, clucking like a chicken or munching onions thinking that they are apples.
You cannot be made to do anything in hypnosis that you do not want to do and no reputable hypnotherapist would ever make such suggestions. The hypnotherapist will always consult you fully about the suggestions to be made and nothing will be suggested that you have not consciously agreed to.
Should anyone ever make a suggestion that you do not agree with, your conscious mind would reassert its role as the protector of the unconscious mind and the suggestion would have no effect. Hypnosis is not something which is done to you; it is a process, which calls for therapist and client to work together.
Hypnotherapy has been used as a safe way to rapidly change undesired behaviour for centuries. It is used in a vast range of situations and is one of the fastest ways of bringing about positive change in harmful ways of thinking and behaving.
It does not seek to take the place of conventional medical assistance but works alongside and together with any treatment your doctor may be giving you.
It works fast and effectively to shift the way you look at challenges and helps you to find better ways of coping with difficult situations.
Hypnotherapy is highly successful in smoking cessation and weight control but its most powerful results come with stress related problems. Hypnotherapy is now considered as the treatment of choice for conditions such as IBS which is very difficult to treat conventionally.
Hypnotherapy is a very safe therapy and it has been approved by the BMA (British Medical Association) and it US equivalent, as a valid form of medical treatment for over 50 years. The BMA is a very conventional establishment which carefully evaluates any form of alternative treatment prior to declaring it safe and effective. This is a measure of how beneficial hypnotherapy is.