SPECIALIZED HYPNOTHERAPY

WHY LEARN HYPNOSIS?

"The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you understand and gain control over your behaviour, emotions, or physical well-being."  ... Mayo Clinic

 

Perhaps the greatest mystery about hypnosis is that it's seen as something mysterious. It's a fundamental human trait, shared by every living person on the planet. Everybody reading this article will experience a hypnotic state at some point today, if they haven't done so already. Hypnosis is so hardwired into us, in fact, that you can't get through the day without experiencing it, any more than you can get through the day without experiencing some form of emotion.

 

Hypnotherapy has been scientifically proven to be effective in creating change in certain repetitive behaviors including smoking and weight loss, stress reduction, motivation and pain control.   Everyone can benefit from hypnosis.  Would you like to learn how to guide yourself to lose weight, quit smoking and be free of physical pain?
 

Using hypnosis allows us to access the exciting and real power for creating lasting changes in our lives. You can then heal what needs to be healed, preserving learnings from the past and make new neurological pathways to be able to live your life by design. 

 

 

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?

 

Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and, even though it is 100% natural and normal, it remains one of the most fascinating phenomena of the human mind. Our ability to enter this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. Hypnosis, called by different names in different cultures and times, has been recognized for thousands of years and used for many purposes.

 

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep.  It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the client is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice.  In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.

 

It is here that the hypnotherapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, the seeds of which become firmly planted.  As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy.  Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls.   Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.

 

 

HOW CAN HYPNOSIS AFFECT YOUR BODY?

 

In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.  These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves.   

 

To explain how this works we must first understand how the body responds physically to thoughts. For example, when we think a frightening thought, we can experience increased heart rate, shortness of breath, “butterflies” in the stomach, muscular rigidity, sweating, shaking, and so on. Similarly, when we think a pleasurable thought, we can experience reduced heart rate, deeper breathing, relaxation of muscles, and so on. These are autonomic nervous system responses that are involuntary, but they can be utilized to promote health. When hypnotized, an individual is very open to suggestions that can enhance positive and diminish negative physical reactions.

 

Validating this are the current  advances in neuroscience, and the ability to monitor brain activity as it happens, that have shown that hypnosis does indeed have a demonstrable effect on the brain. In a famous experiment at Stanford University, students were connected to a brain imaging machine whilst looking at a black and white picture. Under hypnosis, the students were told that the picture was in fact in colour - and the brain scans showed that the areas of the brain which process colour became active when that suggestion was made.

 

Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people's minds when people are in trance.  A popluar misconception has been that during a trance induction, the client loses control. This is not the case!  In a hypnotherapy session you arealways in control and you are not made to do anything.  The client is incharge and will only accept suggestions that are consistent with their own internal values and beliefs.

 

"Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine.  It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body send to the mind" ... New York Times 

 

It is generally accepted that all hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis.  A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience - hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.  

 

 

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