What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, producing a heightened sense of awareness and focused attention.
As with many relaxation techniques, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and the heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. Although most people experience relaxation during hypnosis, it’s not necessary in order to experience hypnosis.
Some every day examples of being in a light state of hypnosis include:
– being so absorbed in a book that you lose track of time
– listening to a piece of music and being reminded vividly of the past at an emotional level
– when the mind wanders during a long and boring speech
– while playing imaginary games children are often in a light state of hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is a safe and effective method of creating positive and beneficial changes in behaviour.
Although the origin of the word ‘hypnosis’ is from the Greek word hupnos meaning ‘sleep’ (or spiritual sleep) you don’t go to sleep during hypnotherapy.
During a hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist helps the client to make beneficial and positive changes in their behaviour by helping them modify their beliefs. All our beliefs (most of which we form when very young) are the foundation of the reality we create for ourselves.
If you believe that the suggestions or ideas offered by your therapist are of benefit to you and you’re motivated to change then during hypnosis your subconscious mind will accept those new ideas easily.
Hypnotherapy is used to treat a multitude of issues from addictions like smoking and food addictions to emotional eating disorders, anxiety issues; nail-biting, insomnia, social avoidance, fear of flying and many other conditions.