"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 the hypnotic state, which is a form of trance, but you may be surprised to know, that you have already experienced being in a trance…., many times over! If you have ever said any of the following, “I was captivated watching that movie", "I was so engrossed in playing the game”, “I was enjoying my time listening to music and I don’t know where the time went”, or felt like you just switched off when a person was talking, then you have experienced the feeling of a natural trance state
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 works by bypassing the critical conscious mind and establishing communication directly with the unconscious mind. This is achieved by using relaxation and linguistic techniques to produce a state of calm and creating a strong feeling of inner focus. Hypnotherapy employs specific language patterns and metaphors to alter limiting beliefs, attitudes and behaviours
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 a time when you first learnt a new skill like riding a bike, learning to touch type or tying your shoelaces. When you first learnt to do these things 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. A bike rider doesn't think about how to steer or peddle the bike, the touch typist doesn't think about where each key is on the keyboard and 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