What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps bring about some changes in perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It can for example help relieve anxiety, aid sleep, help with weight management, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with conditions that are exacerbated by stress as well as confidence and self-esteem issues. Hypnotherapy may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking.
Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain. Hypnotherapy has been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel. There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.
A hypnotic trance may feel very familiar because we all enter altered states every day: daydreaming, driving, or becoming deeply absorbed in a book, movie, game or crossword, or some creative activity.
Some of the trance states we find ourselves in can be negative, which is what happens when we worry or become anxious. As a survival mechanism, we humans often tend to pay more attention to the negative things in our lives than the positive.
The subconscious mind can be thought of a collection of patterns that are used to organize how we relate to others as well as ourselves. It shapes our habits, beliefs, personality, feelings, and behaviors. By learning self-hypnosis and other skills and strategies, you can optimize awareness of the mind-body connection, change the way you respond to the usual daily stressors, increase wellbeing, start to live a balanced, purposeful life, and enjoy the life you have more fully!
Hypnosis allows us to access the subconscious mind, which can be thought of a collection of patterns that are used to organize how we relate to others as well as ourselves. It shapes our habits, beliefs, personality, feelings, and behaviors.
In a hypnotic trance, using guided imagery, we can access the REM state (rapid eye movement, most often seen in dreaming) without being asleep. Visualization and imagination are powerful tools for change and you can rehearse new patterns of behavior, imagining yourself successfully navigating situations that previously stressed or upset you. Hypnosis is useful for a variety of issues, and complements other modalities you may be using.