What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind where brainwave patterns are slowed down to almost a sleep-like trance. The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word, ‘hupnos’ which means sleep.
Google defines hypnosis as:
Noun: the induction of a state of consciousness in which a person apparently loses the power of voluntary action and is highly responsive to suggestion or direction. Its use in therapy, typically to recover suppressed memories or to allow modification of behaviour, has been revived but is still controversial.
Through the induction of a hypnotic trance into the beta-brainwave state, it is possible to modify behaviours and patterns. It is in this state that the subconscious mind becomes accessible. The therapist will then make suggestions to the client that will help to modify their behaviour towards a more acceptable or positive state of being.
What behaviours can be altered through Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is great for a host of problems:
Other uses for hypnosis:
- Pain management
- Fears & phobias
- Gastric band hypnosis (for extreme weight loss)
Common Misconceptions about Hypnosis
- Hypnosis is NOT sleep: you may feel fully awake and aware throughout the session.
- You will NOT lose control: this myth is perpetuated by stage shows and old movies. You remain fully in control and aware, and can bring yourself OUT of hypnosis whenever you feel the need to.
- You will NOT reveal your deepest, darkest secrets: as stated above, you remain in control. You will only act and follow the instructions that are morally fit for you. You will not feel compelled to share anything that you do not wish to remain confidential.
- Being hypnotised does NOT mean you are gullible or stupid: in fact, the opposite is most likely true. Studies suggest that the higher your intelligence, the better a hypnotic subject you will make.
- You will NOT get stuck in hypnosis:the hypnotic trance is so relaxing and comfortable that often a subject might be a little slower to come out of it. But all of them always come out of the trance, no exceptions. Again: popular media has stigmatised hypnosis into making people believe that they can get stuck in this state.