Stamford Living Article October 2014
While Hypnosis on its own will achieve very little apart from making you feel very relaxed, it is a wonderful tool to help you in your therapy.
However, Hypnosis is not like being asleep. While experiencing the Hypnotic state are senses and awareness are heightened. in fact we are more aware than we are when not using Hypnosis.
Hypnosis makes it easier to talk to the unconscious part of our mind, allowing us to suggest changes to our behaviour pattern (suggestion therapy). It also makes it easier to remember experiences we have had, and importantly the emotions we felt at the time which makes it useful for analytical therapy.
Very often when someone listens to a hypnotic recording they find themselves reaching out to turn down the volume. It appears to have become louder, when in fact their the hearing on their left and right side has balanced resulting in a greater sensitivity to volume.
I use two types of Hypnotherapy: Suggestion and Analytical Hypnotherapy. These two types of therapy arguably sit at either end of the spectrum of therapies using Hypnosis. Both therapies use Hypnosis as an aid to suggestion and recall, helping the client to overcome fears, phobias, anxiety and many more symptoms.
Hypnotherapy is most easily described as a treatment designed to change our behaviour and remove emotional problems using the power of hypnosis. While there are lots of different types of Hypnotherapy most people assume that it involves hypnotising someone and suggesting to them that their unwanted behaviour will change, or that their problem has disappeared.
“Deep focused relaxation with heightened awareness"
There really is no need to worry about being made to do something you do not want to. It doesn't work like that! If someone was to suggest that you were to do something you didn't want to do, you really wouldn't do it.
Far from being a magic or mystical state, hypnosis is a natural phenomenon that occurs in all of us spontaneously each day. In fact you have experienced hypnosis at least once today already, and you will experience it at least once more and didn’t even know it. The first time was as you woke up this morning, that half awake, half asleep feeling. The other time will be tonight as you drift off to sleep.
Most people are aware that Hypnotherapy can help people stop smoking or overcome phobias, however you may be surprised to learn that it can also help with depression, social anxiety, confidence as well as sexual problems.
There is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling, but you do feel relaxed. A calm feeling; a bit like feeling relaxed inside. You remember everything I say to you as well as hearing everything. While you feel very relaxed it still feels very ordinary.