How Hypnosis Works
Accessing the Subconscious Mind
Over the years, there has been much speculation and theory as to how hypnosis actually works. All that can really be said, is that this truly amazing phenomenon allows us to bypass the ‘conscious critical faculty’ providing us with a 'gateway' to the subconscious mind.
An Altered State of Awareness
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness in which you remain totally conscious, alert and aware. It’s a bit like when you put your television on standby. We all go in and out of hypnosis on a daily basis anyway; just before we wake up, just before we go to sleep, when we are driving, reading, watching television etc.
Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind
Hypnotherapy allows us to access the subconscious part of the mind to work with existing neural pathways, reprogramming them and often creating new neural pathways that are more beneficial to us and our well-being.
The Subconscious Mind is like a Computer
Hypnotherapy can create the positive desired changes specified by the client provided they are truly committed and motivated. Just think of your mind as a computer, Hypnotherapy simply helps you reprogram it to achieve your goals.
How do you Hypnotise Somebody?
There are many different methods that can be used e.g. Swinging Pendulum, Strobe Lights, Rotating Spirals etc. The most common is voice induction, and this is the method that we prefer to use. Usually, we speak in a slow, soothing way in order to guide our clients into hypnosis, so that we can work directly with their subconscious mind. There is no special way of speaking, no incantations or magical words. Mostly, the client closes their eyes fairly soon into the session but it is possible to keep your eyes open, you just won’t feel like you want to for long. We may ask permission to employ the use of touch in some way, as part of the process (e.g. wrists and hands) but will only proceed if the client is comfortable with this.
The Power of Visualisation
Visualisation is used during hypnosis. We all visualise and learn to do this from the day we are born, when we start to learn our mother tongue language. It is how we recognise things e.g. a toy, a car, a dog, an apple etc. You don’t actually have to picture these things either to know what they look like, how they feel, sound, smell, taste. So you see you do it all the time - it is just that it is such a natural process that it seems to go unnoticed, just like breathing.
What does it feel like to be Hypnotised?
Contrary to popular belief, there really is no such thing as a 'hypnotised feeling' - which is why afterwards, most people insist that they simply did not 'go under', and can't possibly have been hypnotised. Generally, people do find that they are far more alert and aware than usual and some start to become more relaxed as their conscious mind starts to drift off in a pleasant sort of way. After a few sessions, people start to become aware of how the hypnotic state feels to them. Some people may notice that they feel excessively heavy or light, whilst others may experience a pleasant floating, whirling and/or spinning sensation. Most people always suffer some sort of time distortion, usually feeling that the session was much shorter than it actually was. The fact is that hypnosis is actually a very safe and natural process and not that exciting!
When we feel it is appropriate, we teach our clients how to practice self-hypnosis. It very much depends on the client, and their presenting problem. Self-hypnosis is an excellent skill to learn, as it can really help with many things including managing stress levels, increasing self-confidence, motivation and energy. Please contact us if you would like to be taught this valuable skill.
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