Busting the Myths of Hypnosis and how Hypnotherapy can help you
Most of the people that I see who haven't experienced hypnosis before, are understandably a bit nervous about the concept. This is due in part to maybe having watched t.v shows or watching stage hypnotists at work. To the untrained eye, it comes across as a bit controlling, maybe with a dramatic, embarrassing outcome if we are talking about stage hypnotism. That is all the person knows, what they have seen and experienced before. If you think about it, a stage hypnotism show would be a bit boring for the audience if all that happened was the volunteers enjoyed a nice, peaceful and relaxing half hour of hypnosis in front of everybody! They need to make it dramatic and almost magical to be successful.
So how does this relate to the hypnosis and hypnotherapy undertaken in our therapy room? It is a much more gentle, relaxing, 'time out' type of hypnosis. There are no (or very rarely!) swinging watches or crystals, no snap of the fingers and you are sound asleep and no suggestions are taken on board unless you want them to be. So basically, you are in complete control of what you do during the hypnosis session, which suggestions you take on board, you can move around, scratch your head, speak and most importantly remember everything from the session.
How does it feel to be 'hypnotised'?
Hypnosis affects everyone in a different way. Some people feel extremely relaxed and experience a 'floaty' feeling, not wanting to open their eye's once the session is over. Others feel that their legs and arms feel quite heavy and it's an effort to move. Some don't actually feel much different at all, apart from they are sitting/lying down with their eye's closed. However you feel, the effect is still the same and the suggestions given whilst in hypnosis still 'go in' to your sub-conscious mind.
Hypnosis is a highly effective tool for breaking old habits and creating new, healthy habits - some only needing a one off session. From a therapeutic point of view, hypnotherapy is an extremely powerful aid to release any bottled up emotions, and speeds up the process of psychotherapy and some talking therapies.
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