Hypnosis is a mental state induced by a procedure known as a “hypnotic induction”. Once this state has been attained, it renders the client open to a higher state of suggestibility.
It has been proposed that the Hypnotic state is one of a “split stream” of consciousness, in which two different systems of mental activity can occur concurrently. While one stream of consciousness responds to hypnotic suggestion, another subconscious stream processes information outside of the individuals conscious awareness.
This can induce a profound range of effects in any situation where the mind has an influence – virtually every part of your life. There have been countless studies worldwide that demonstrate the benefits of hypnotherapy in areas such as:
• Stress and anxiety
• Pain Management
• Performance/Study skills
• Relationship issues
• Kicking habits (smoking etc.)
• Physical healing
When using hypnosis, we are dealing with the unconscious, emotional mind, rather that the analytical, rationalising mind. Most peoplesʼ problems do not make rational sense, even to themselves – they respond emotionally even though their analytical mind may be aware that their response is not rational.
By dealing with the problems in the emotional mind, we are targeting the problems at their source. We are addressing the conflict between the unconscious and the conscious process, to bring about a positive change. That is what makes hypnotherapy so effective. When you hear the word hypnotist, what comes to mind? If youʼre like many people, the word may conjure up images of a sinister stage-villain who brings about a hypnotic state by swinging a pocket watch back and forth to trick people into performing actions they wouldnʼt otherwise consider (in their rational mind). While the fundamentals are the same, therapeutic hypnotherapy has some stark differences. The most important of which being that the change occurs as a result of the reduction of the internal conflict between emotional/analytical mind.
According to John Kihlstrom (Ph. D, Professor of Psychology, University of Berkeley), “The hypnotist does not hypnotize the individual. Rather, the hypnotist serves as a sort of coach or tutor whose job is to help the person become hypnotized”. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better described as a state characterized by focused attention, heightened suggestibility.
Hypnosis, therefore, is a valuable tool for anyone seeking to create positive, lasting changes in themselves or others. It is only through dealing with the emotional mind that these effects can truly be maximised and carried over into the analytical mind-space – the reduction of internal conflict will feel like a weight lifted from your shoulders and the changes will be reflected almost instantly in your day to day life.
If you would like to know more about hypnotherapy, please give us a call on 02 9977 7989. We will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need and a stepping stone into the world of this wonderful tool-set.