What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis is simply a deep and completely natural form of relaxation. When thoroughly relaxed we are able to communicate with our unconscious minds where often the key to solving problems can be found. People usually find the experience a pleasurable one and often leave the therapy room relaxed, focused and calm.
This excellent video from Uncommon Knowledge explains perfectly how hypnotherapy works.
What will Hypnosis feel like?
Each person's experience of hypnosis is unique. However we all experience hypnotic trance naturally and several times throughout any average day. When we are watching our favourite TV programme or engrossed in a good book both of these trance like states where our attention is totally focused and shut off to external stimuli are everyday examples of hypnosis. Similarly when we are just falling asleep at night and slipping in and out of consciousness this is also an example of hypnosis.
I have had this habit for years but cannot break it. Why?
Clinical Hypnotherapy can also help when we are unable to master our behaviour in a way in which would be more beneficial. Common examples of this would be smoking or weight gain. Despite our best efforts to control our behaviour a compulsion leads us to do the opposite. This is very often because our behaviour is serving a strong unconscious belief or need. Hypnosis in these cases is hugely useful as it enables a way to communicate with this hidden aspect of ourselves.
What is a Mind Body Approach?
Simply put a mind body approach acknowledges that every thought we have triggers a chemical response within our bodies. A very basic example of this would be thinking about our favourite food. We picture it in our minds, we may even imagine the smell wafting up our noses and even though there is no food in front us our mouths will start to produce saliva (a physical response).
Another example could be someone who has a phobia. People suffering with phobias do not need to be experiencing their fear to produce the physical stress responses of nausea, racing heart and tension (to name a few symptoms). Just the thought of their phobia is often enough to trigger the physiological 'flight or fight' response.
A mind body approach suggests that threats or stress do not need to be real just perceived (in the mind) in order to produce a physiological stress response.
The good news is that we can control our thoughts and with this knowledge we can begin to influence and eventually master how we feel.
Will I be 'out of control' under hypnosis?
No, most clients who experience clinical hypnosis feel a sense of empowerment after a session. During hypnosis most clients are just very relaxed. If something is suggested that you would normally not agree with during hypnosis then the unconscious mind rejects this in the same way as you would normally. In this sense it is impossible to make anyone behave against their will during hypnosis.