How does hypnosis work
Find out about hypnosis and how it can work for you.
Wondering about hypnosis? Want to know how it works and if it would be right for you? Then see below for a full description of what hypnotherapy is, how it works and how hypnotherapy can help you change and grow.
What exactly is hypnosis?
According to The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:
“In therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.” Responding to these suggestions is what creates the change that is needed.
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Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it you are actually in an enhanced state of awareness as you are concentrating on the hypnotist’s voice.
Milton Erikson The famous hypnotist once said ”Hypnosis is the loss of multiplicity of the foci of attention” In this state your conscious mind is switched off and the subconscious mind is now actively listening. Using positive suggestions and reinforcing change via the unconscious mind can plant post hypnotic suggestions to influence a brighter future.
What makes hypnosis work?
The hypnotherapist makes suggestions, ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations many times by telling stories allowing seeds of change to become firmly planted.
How do these hypnotic suggestions work for me?
The hypnotic suggestions and skill in presenting them can vary from hypnotherapist.
Birmingham hypnotherapist Debbie Williams has trained and assisted Dr Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna since 1995 on over 50 NLP and hypnosis courses as well as training with Stephen Brookes and British Hypnosis Research.
A skilled experienced hypnotherapist draws upon their experience to carefully select useful suggestions for each client helping them make the positive changes within themselves.
By focusing on positive outcomes many of the old patterns of thinking and behaviour will dissolve away.
Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome.
What to expect during a hypnotherapy session?
When you hear the word hypnotist, what comes to mind? If you’re 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.
In a clinical hypnotherapy session your therapist will begin with a chat to discuss your issues, finding out what you want and your expectations.
They will explain what is going to happen and reassure you if you are nervous in anyway.
You may be asked to make yourself comfortable in the chair, close your eyes and perhaps take a few deep breaths to help you to relax.
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As you listen to the voice of your hypnotherapist you will find yourself feeling more comfortable. For many it feels like taking a mini holiday from the stresses and strains of life.
During this relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nerve pathways and hormonally channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms alleviated.
During the hypnotic state, some report a feeling of extreme relaxation while others may feel a little detached and floaty. Other individuals may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis.
A hypnosis session typically lasts between 20 – 30 minutes within an hours session. Many report that time simply vanished and they were not even aware how long they were in a hypnotic trance.
Can you be hypnotised?
While many people think that they cannot be hypnotised only a very few adults are considered difficult or impossible to hypnotise.
Anyone who can become easily absorbed in something being lost in a good book, a hobby or watching a movie. All are altered states of awareness.
If you are interested in being hypnotised it is important to remember to approach the experience with an open mind.
Research has suggested that individuals who view hypnosis in a positive light tend to respond much better to the process. Try Birmingham hypnotherapist Debbie William’s;
Can I help make hypnosis successful for me?
The most important thing is that the you truly want to change some behavioural habit or addiction and you are highly motivated to do so.
You cannot come along and have hypnotherapy if you are doing so because someone else wants you to and you do not want to really change.
You have to want the hypnotherapy treatment to work. It is also important to establish a good rapport and feel a connection with your chosen hypnotherapist.
The readiness and ability of clients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy generally requires several sessions in order to achieve meaningful results.
However you can learn the technique of self-hypnosis which can be practised at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with your therapist.
Using recordings specifically produced for your issue is also highly recommended to help accelerate changes.
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Using recordings and additional NLP exercises can help counter distress and anxiety-related conditions when they come up.
By teaching you how to handle the feelings, thoughts etc the hypnotherapist gives you skills for life and harnesses existing resources so you can have ultimate control over how you want to live your life
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Common Misconceptions about Hypnotherapy!
You will not be put into a deep sleep and unable to move.
You cannot be made to do anything you would not ordinarily do.
You are never going to be put into a vulnerable position or given commands. You remain fully aware of your surroundings and situation.
Your Personal values and morals remain the same.
While hypnosis can be used to enhance sports performance by using your mind to take on the principles used by those who are successful.