Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration which forms a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a non-addictive therapy for the good and is natural and safe.
Hypnosis has been in use for thousands of years. There is a great deal of evidence to support the belief that Hypnosis was being used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, for therapeutic benefit, as far back as about the fourth Century BC.
Hypnotherapy involves the hypnotherapist giving an individual’s unconscious mind a series of ‘suggestions’. These suggestions can help an individual to find it easier to do something they want to do (e.g. public speaking) or easier to stop doing something they don’t want to do (e.g. smoking).
According to the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH), it is estimated that 85% of people will respond to clinical hypnotherapy. Some individuals will respond more than others.
The response is improved if the individual is:
- Motivated to change and
- Has confidence in the hypnotherapist
It is important to recognise that it is not possible to hypnotise an individual against their will, and even if an individual is hypnotised, they can reject any suggestion that is not beneficial to them. Hypnotherapy is therefore natural and safe, with no harmful side effects
During hypnosis you are relaxed, but not asleep and you are in complete control. It’s a state that is neither awake nor asleep, almost a day dream type of feeling where you are aware of things around you but in an altered way – effectively an altered state of awareness
Some conditions require a medical diagnosis and a doctor’s referral before hypnotherapy can progress, for example depression, panic attacks, pain control. This is because they may have physical or underlying causes which need to be addressed before hypnotherapy can proceed. There are also factors which may prohibit certain techniques.