Common Questions about Hypnotherapy
What is Hypnotherapy?
It is easier to state what it is not, rather than what it is really, a 'Trance' (an altered state of consciousness) is not sleep, unconsciousness, magic, nor mind control. Much of the mystery still surrounding hypnosis is this lack of a clear definition. Hypnosis is generally experienced as restful and relaxing, it is different then slumber. In a trance state you are aware of your surroundings, hearing, sounds, smells and your aware of your movements and in control of your actions. Consciousness is NOT lost, it becomes more selective. In a trance it is usual to be more aware of internal processes than in the outside world’s activities and distractions. Contemporary scientific studies show trance is a natural and normal state of mind and like other states, such as alertness or pleasure has many different and individual components.
Uses of hypnosis .... hypnosis is often thought to be therapy that only affects the mind, but as mind and body are inseparably joined, hypnosis can also help physical ailments. The popular assumption that hypnosis is only used for weight reduction and to stop smoking is very much mistaken; there are many more possibilities to numerous to mention. However hypnotherapy is well known to help IBS symptom and reduce frequency of presentation.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a therapy to deal with a wide range of problems, both physical and emotional.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes. It is a safe, natural part of human experience. Always protected by our subconscious, trance is part of everyday life. We are already proficient in it’s use, we simply don’t recognize it. Hypnotherapy is not stage hypnosis.
Who can be hypnotized?
Just about everyone (those deeply disturbed or handicapped require special personal attention), if they choose.
What is it like to be hypnotized?
In experiencing altered states is should be acknowledged that trance is slightly different for everyone. Most find it extremely pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing, saying they’ve never felt so agreeably relaxed and comfortable before.
Should I use hypnosis as an alternative to seeing my doctor?
The answer is NO. It is not an alternative to seeking proper medical care. Hypnosis is a COMPLEMENTARY therapy and should, where needed be used in partnership with conventional medicine. Your G.P. or Doctor's training in diagnosis cannot be replaced by the hypnotist. Check out all health problems first with your doctor if in any doubt and then you can combine both a Physician's and a Hypnotherapist's healing methods.
Can I be forced into trance?
No. It is a state of mind that needs your co-operation. No one goes against their own unique code of behavior in hypnosis.
Am I too strong willed to be hypnotized?
Strength of will plays no part in the process.
I am too intelligent to be hypnotized! No.
The higher the intelligence and imagination the better.
Do hypnotized persons lose control of themselves?
Quite the opposite, the client is in control of their trance, and is being guided by the hypnotist, and will only do that which seems right and is helpful.
Could I get 'stuck' in trance?
No. It simply doesn’t happen.
Will I be unconscious when in hypnosis?
No. No loss of consciousness is involved individuals will be perfectly aware of things around them, including sounds, movements and smells and will be hyper-sensitive to touch. Some individuals will achieve a deeper level of trance than others. However, the results remain the same. Physical contact is not needed in any part of the process.
Is my problem to trivial to be bothered with?
Any problem which affects our lives is not trivial. IBS is certainly not trivial, it affects the lives of the sufferer and their families.