Hypnosis and hypnotherapy
What exactly are hypnosis and hypnotherapy? What's the difference?
Clinical hypnosis (where you meet in an office, with a trained and credentialed practitioner) is a means of accessing and maintaining a comfortable, trance state. Hypnotherapy is what you do once you have entered that trance state in order to bring about positive, beneficial change.
Hypnosis aims to create an altered state of quiet, focused absorption where you (the client) become more open to suggestions. It is as though the conscious mind steps out of the way and no longer interferes. When you experience hypnosis you learn to harness your natural abilities to relax deeply and focus.
A hypnotic trance may well feel very familiar to you 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.