"Something we were withholding made us weak until we found it was ourselves."
- Robert Frost
What is Hypnosis?
It’s easier to understand hypnosis once you have experienced it, as the feelings and experience can be different for everyone. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring form of trance, and you may be surprised to learn, that you have already experienced this state many times! Hypnosis is a state of relaxation, where you are not asleep but you are not totally awake either, it's that in between state, similar to the moments before you fall asleep
Hypnosis is not something that is done to you, it requires your participation. In fact a willingness to engage, is just as important as the role of the hypnotherapist
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Hypnosis is only one of several tools used in therapy. Hypnosis, psychotherapy, relaxation techniques and NLP, neuro linguistic techniques, are all part of hypnotherapy.
Once hypnosis is achieved, a state of calm and strong of inner focus is felt. Most people experience hypnosis as a state of deep relaxation, with the body completely relaxed, and the mind, alert and aware, specific language patterns, metaphors and positive suggestions are used to alter limiting beliefs, attitudes and behaviours
Differences between the Conscious and Unconscious Mind
The Conscious mind consists of everything we are currently aware of, it controls our voluntary actions, is logical and analytical, uses reason, makes judgments and uses short term memory capable of processing and storing limited amount of information
The Unconscious mind is beyond our current awareness. It controls involuntary movements, stores memories, emotions and habits, and every thought you've ever had. It uses long term memory and is capable of processing and storing vast amounts of information
To help put this into perspective, take yourself back to the time when you first learnt tie your shoelaces. When you first learnt a new skill you had to store the thoughts of how, in your conscious mind, until you became proficient at doing them. Over time these tasks are completed without any conscious thought, they are carried out unconsciously. You don't think about which lace should loop around the other when you tie your laces because the thoughts and actions initially required have now become habits and are stored like programs in the unconscious mind. You don't have to consciously think about what you need to do or how to do things, to get the job done
What is the difference between Hypnotherapy & Stage Hypnosis?
A hypnotherapist uses hypnosis to deliver therapeutic benefits to the client whereas stage/street hypnosis is used to entertain the general public