What is hypnosis & clinical hypnotherapy?
Contrary to popular belief (thanks to Hollywood movies), hypnosis will not put you in an uncontrollable trance and make you do things against your will. Instead hypnosis is a naturally occurring relaxed state, similar to the experience of daydreaming. The clinical form of hypnosis is called hypnotherapy, hypnosis is also recognised by the British Medical Association.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand creative side is made more alert. You will be aware of your surroundings, able to open your eyes and speak or move if you want to. You will remain in control - nobody can hypnotise you against your will or ‘make you’ do anything.
In this deeply relaxed state the hypnotherapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the client, the seeds of which can become firmly planted. Progress is made by gradually re-programming the subconscious / unconscious landscape of the mind so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are challenged, abolished, dissolved, altered or even re-routed to something healthier.
What can hypnotherapy help with?
Hypnotherapy is widely utilised as a treatment for habit breaking, stress-related issues and for a longer term conditions. Hypnotherapy is also becoming more respected within the medical profession since a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Hypnosis is being considered more and more by people as an alternative to conventional medicine, it is incredibly effective when used in tandem with traditional medical treatment or when used independently. To see examples of how hypnotherapy can help with specific issues please visit the pages under the treatment section of the website.