1. What is hypnosis?
There are various opinions on the exact definition of this natural state of mind. Many people imagine that hypnosis is an unconscious sleep or trance state. In fact although a person in hypnosis may appear to be sleeping they will remain conscious throughout the session. They will remember most, if not all of what has happened. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that is entered into frequently in everyday life. Whenever we lose ourselves in something be that reading, daydreaming, or watching a film we can and often do, unknowingly, enter into a state of hypnosis. In an hypnotic state our brain waves slow from a Beta to an Alpha state, If a deep level is achieved this could even be a theta state. This is similar to the level of brain activity during meditation. It is important to point out however that theraputic effectiveness is not dependant on deep trance states.
2. Do I give up control?
Contrary to popular belief a person under hypnosis gives up no control whatsoever. Entering an hypnotic state is a voluntary thing and a person cannot be hypnotised if they do not want to be. You are capable of doing anything that you wish including moving, talking or simply getting up and going home, although most people find the experience so pleasant and relaxing that they don’t want to do anything at all, even when asked to.
Your hypnotherapist is there to guide you into this state in order for you to make the changes and adjustments that you wish to make. You will always be in control of both your mind and body and will control exactly how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go. Once you understand exactly what hypnosis is and how it feels you will find that you become aware of the times you do this naturally and will even be able to enter a hypnotic state whenever you wish.
3 What will Hypnosis feel like?
Many people just feel very deeply relaxed sometimes you may experience a tingling sensation, heaviness or floating. It is very similar to the sensation you have in the moments between sleep and consciousness, that point where you are neither one nor the other and could wake or sleep as you choose. In deeper states you may find you lose track of time or perhaps see colours. The experience will vary from person to person. Your therapist will be able to explain the process to you so that you can feel comfortable with what will happen and what to expect.
4. What can hypnosis be used to treat.
Hypnosis can be used to treat a wide range of issues including but not only:
- Anxiety and stress
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions, migraines and other physical conditions
- Fears and phobias
- Panic attacks
- Lack of confidence
It can also be used as a tool to:
- Manage pain
- Improve performance at work or in sport
Hypnosis can be used to successfully treat many things and this list is not definitive. If you have a complaint that is not listed it may still be worth contacting us for a free consultation to see if we can help you with your issue.
5. What will happen in a hypnosis session?
Your hypnotherapist will take a detailed history to get an understanding of what the issue is. With some conditions we may request you ask your GP to confirm to us in writing that they are happy for us to proceed with any treatment.
They will then discuss what you wish to achieve and what you would consider to be a successful end to your sessions. Your therapist will also explain the treatment plan to you and the potential number of sessions you may require.
Over the coming sessions your hypnotherapist will guide you into an hypnotic state, talk you through each session allowing you to make the changes you need to make in order to achieve your goal
At the end of a session you may feel very relaxed, lighter, hopeful or uplifted. Change is not always dramatic and may happen gradually over the course of your treatment sessions.