Body and mind are intertwined. Every thought and intention you have sends ripples throughout your body. The results depend on the nature of these thoughts, feelings and intentions. They can be so powerful, they can even affect your genes. A particular gene that might produce a disease or protect from disease, for example, can be switched on or off according to how you process the daily experiences of your life. The implications are enormous. Every function of the human being is susceptible to thoughts and feelings.
Doctor David R Hamilton, Ph.D.
It is being increasingly acknowledged that the relationship between mind and body is a powerful one. Hypnosis is a powerful tool of self empowerment which can assist in making full use of our imaginative abilities to change thoughts and therefore feelings and affect positive change.
Sometimes considered as a method or tool to deliver therapeutic ideas, hypnotherapy is in effect psychotherapy or counselling applied with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a deep trance state which the client allows themself to enter with the hypnotherapist’s guidance. This state is characterised by a sense of deep relaxation. The hypnotherapist communicates with the client verbally and non verbally in a way that allows them to become comfortable and relaxed and to focus down attention to a narrow area of experience. This allows the hypnotised person to rehearse problem situations or behaviour whilst feeling relaxed and prepares mind and body to respond in the required manner when the situation occurs in reality.
The hypnotic state can best be described as alternative or parallel state of awareness where the hypnotised person knows who and where they are, but is also strongly focussed on internal realities such as sensations, imagination or memories.
Phobias, panic attacks and addictions are maintained in part by the unconscious mind and therfeore change has to take place on the unconscious level. How often have we heard it said ” I know it’s silly but I can’t help it.” Hypnotherapy is effective in creating desired change on the unconscious level
Most of us go under a trance state at some time in our everyday life. How often do we daydream? How often have we been so absorbed in thought that we haven’t heard someone talking to us? How often have we missed a motorway turn off absorbed in music or conversation? How often have we been lost in a good book?These are all trance states and it is estimated that such states occur, within the individual, between every ninety to one hundred and twenty minutes.
These are light trances and are characterised by narrowed attention, heightened focus, disassociated awareness, heightened suggestibility and increased rapport to and with the unconscious mind.
Hypnotic trances differ in as much as they are entered into intentionally, are much deeper and used for therapeutic purposes. In this trance state, there is a deeper state of altered consciousness where the conscious, logical, analytical part of the brain is quietened and the unconscious, non-analytical part, where our beliefs, values, memories, habitual responses and instincts reside becomes accessible.
In these circumstances, the client is more open to positive suggestions (agreed with the hypnotherapist before hand) and permanent, positive, desired change can begin to take place in many areas of life.
Is this mind control?
Not at all. The client will remain aware at all times of their surroundings and of their body and of what is being said to them. The client retains control as their “ critical sensor” will not allow them to reveal or say anything they do not wish to or accept suggestions that they find unacceptable.
Is hypnotherapy a magic wand or panacea?
Hypnotherapy has been used effectively for over 200 years in medicine to treat a wide range of physical and psychological and emotional issues. For it to be effective, it requires the co-operation and some effort from the client as they explore their problems and use and discover and often rediscover their own capacities and resources from within. There are few magic cures, if any, anywhere. Different individuals experience trance diferently and the client enters trance under their own volition guided by rather than put into by the therapist.
Does it work?
As stated previously, hypnotherapy has been used effectively for over 200 years. It has been shown to be effective for d self-confidence, pain relief and anxiety and stress.
It has also been recognised that hypnotherapy can be highly effective in conjunction with other approaches such as counselling and psychotherapy. The United Kingdom Council for psychotherapy (UKCP) in 1997 recognised the new term hypno/ psychotherapy, which is practised at Hepburn-Hypnotherapy. The B.M.A has also endorsed hypnotherapy and recommend it is carried out by qualified medical practitioners.
Famous people who used hypnotherapy
Many famous historical figures have used hypnotherapy. Among these are Rachmaninov, Albert Einstein, Sir Winston Churchill and Henry Ford.(Thomas has not worked with any of these people).
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Based in Glasgow, Hepburn Hypnotherapy offers assistance in tackling negative habits and behaviours including obesity, smoking cessation, anxiety/stress , self esteem, confidence. Call us on 0141 423 4163 or send an email.