What do you think of when you hear the word HYPNOSIS? Maybe its a bit unfamiliar to you, or perhaps stage acts, pocket watches and Paul Mckenna come to mind? The one I hear a lot (and my least favourite) is the notion of people being made to think their a chicken.
But actually its much more natural and gentle that that, in fact you may not know it but you've probably been in hypnosis many times.
The ability to be hypnotised is within us all, its simply a relaxed state when alpha brain waves are operating in our minds. So if you've ever found yourself absorbed in a book, zoning out when running, in a day dream like state when watching a film then you've been in a hypnotic trance.
As this skill lies within us all why not tap into it. Particularly as being hypnotised could help you overcome your fears and achieve your goals and dreams. This post is a slightly longer read than usual so grab a coffee while I tell you about some of the most common things I get asked about hypnosis.
What is it?
As I mentioned above hypnosis is a state of mind, one we enter much more frequently than we realise. Hypnosis is a trance like state in which your imagination can be heightened, your thoughts clear and your mind open to positive suggestion.
I would describe it as being a bit like daydreaming or being lost in your thoughts. I paint as a hobby and as this is something I love I can become utterly absorbed in it - that is a form of hypnosis.
Most importantly when tapped into hypnosis can be used to help you achieve your goals such as losing weight, building self esteem, growing confidence, improving sleep or even conquering a fear.
Is it safe?
Yes totally. I always remind my clients that they are in control the entire time. You can't get stuck in hypnosis or controlled by someone else. You can come out of hypnosis instantly. The example I always use is to tell my clients if a fire alarm went off you'd hear it and know to get out. Hypnosis is simply a super relaxed feeling. You probably wont even "feel" hypnotised its just gentle, natural and allows you to work with your mind focusing on the changes you want to make.
My role as a hypnotherapist is to act like a facilitator, guiding you through the process. And as I teach many of my clients as you become more used to it you can even learn self hypnosis. Its a great tool for stress management.
How does it work?
Hypnosis works with your subconscious mind. This is a bit like our brains operating system running all our behaviours and habits.
In hypnosis our mind is operating in an alpha brainwave state., our brain waves slow down and we can become more focused tuning out any noises, movement and distractions around us entering a state of deep relaxation.
This relaxed state is brilliant for decreasing stress and also creates new neural pathways in the brain. Used in repetition it can help create new thoughts and behaviour patterns wiring them in like a software upgrade.
So can hypnotherapy really help change your life?
Yes absolutely and I say that as both a hypnotherapist and a former hypnotherapy client. I overcame a chronic phobia using hypnotherapy as well as it helping me reduce stress and anxiety.
For me hypnotherapy is so effective as it helps you take control of your life, your habits and your thoughts. Hypnosis helps with;
Improving focus and concentration
Make changes faster
Manage stress better
Gain incredible confidence
Develop super self esteem
Super charge your wellbeing
Generally improve your life overall
In short hypnosis can help make incredible lasting changes in your life.
If you would like to explore how hypnotherapy could help you experience these changes, guided by my expert support please reach out for a chat.