Whenever the subject of hypnosis is brought up, questions seem to arise with it. The following questions are asked repeatedly, by clients, and by those who are simply curious. With answers to these questions, fears are put to rest, myths dispelled, and more people are able to allow themselves to experience the wonderful benefits of hypnosis to enhance their lives.
What is Hypnosis?
- Hypnosis is a natural state and is very pleasant, relaxing and effective. It is when our mind and body relaxes to the extent that we can facilitate new learnings and behavioural changes.
- After been hypnotized people report that they experience a profound state of relaxation. Because of this it is sometimes called ‘guided meditation’; and because the power of the imagination and visualization is used, it is sometimes called ‘guided imagery’.
- Hypnosis has been used for hundreds of years, with the Greek word ‘hypno’ meaning ‘sleep’ (It was actually first documented in a primitive format by the ancient Egyptian civilization). Hypnosis is actually NOT sleep, but refers to a state, sometimes called the ‘trance’ state’ in which clients become highly responsive to suggestions. The ‘trance’ state is also considered to be an altered state of consciousness or awareness.
- Whenever a mother kissed a child that has hurt itself and made it better, she was at that moment demonstrating the power of the suggestion. Was the reaction logical? No. However the process of hypnosis was involved and the child benefited from the kiss. All because it was “suggested” that it would feel better. There is an old saying “As you think, so you are.” This is why some people some level ‘thinks’ (believes) they are sick and therefore they are….so “What the mind believes, the body achieves.”
How does hypnosis work?
- There are two parts to the mind – the conscious mind and subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is that analytical part of the mind we use to make decisions with –
for example to stop smoking. The subconscious part of the mind is the storehouse of all
our memories and experiences we have had throughout our lives. It is all the things we
do without even thinking – ‘automatice responses’. It can also be the source of ‘negative patterns’ of
learned behaviours that can develop over time and result in our fears, habits, etc.
Hypnosis deals with the subconscious mind directly and through the power of positive
suggestions breaks these negative patterns of behaviours by re-educating that part of the
mind. Your subconcious mind has been helping us to learn ever since we were born – whether we
learned to walk, talk, read or write, or later on even cycle a bike.
Does hypnosis work?
- Hypnotism was accepted by the American Medical Association in 1958 and by the British Medical Association in 1955 and continues to be used in many areas of health, accelerated healing and behavior change. It can and has been used successfully for everyday issues such smoking cessation, weight control, stress reduction amongst other things.
Clinical studies over the last 50 years have shown that hypnosis can:
- Decrease pain – pain free operations (without a general anesthetic) have been successfully carried out with hypnosis, where complete anesthesia has been induced in the body of the patient. Can be used to treat headache pains, pain associated with childbirth (called ‘Hypno-birthing), pain from cancer, etc.
- Lessen symptoms of:
- Asthma, hypertension, etc.
- Eliminate symptoms of:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Facilitate post operative recovery
Please Note: Consulting Hypnotists will not provide a medical diagnosis or recommend discontinuance of medically prescribed treatments. Before beginning hypnosis, people who are currently receiving any form of medical treatment and are taking prescribed medication, must obtain a written referral or acknowledgement from their GP or primary care giver.
Will I be put ‘under’ the control of the hypnotist, made into a Zombie etc?
- There has been a lot of misinformation out there in the media from TV, movies and newspapers about what hypnosis is and isn’t. Also the stage hypnotist who wants you to think that he has the ‘power’ In actual fact all hypnosis is ‘Self-hypnosis’. In other words you are doing it yourself. The hypnotist is just the trained guide or steering wheel to help you access your subconscious mind.
I don’t have any willpower, and i’ve tried everything else! What can I do?
- Hypnosis is not about willfull compliance, but ‘automatic response’. However it is not a passive and requires your commitment to the process.
I have never been hypnotized, infact I find hypnotism scary! What can I do?
- Hypnosis is experienced by people everyday. A common hypnosis state that everyone experiences is ‘Daydreaming’. Also just before you go to sleep at night or wake up in the morning. Have you ever booked a vacation and in the week leading up to it, visualized yourself on the beach sipping a cocktail? Well if so you have already experienced the hypnosis state. Anybody can be hypnotised, it’s just that some people go into a deeper trance states than others.
Will I be put asleep or unconscious during hypnosis?
- No, the opposite, your senses will be heightened during hypnosis. People in hypnosis are very aware of sounds and scents, and sometimes get a tingling feeling in their body as their sense of touch is increased.
Will I be made do things that I do not want to do?
- You cannot be made do anything you do not want to do. Everyone has a ‘moral/ethical code’ and can just as easily reject or accept a suggestion.
Will I be able to revive myself?
- As you have put yourself in the trance you can revive yourself whenever you wish
Is it true that only ‘fools’ can by hypnotized?
- No. Because hypnosis requires concentration, the best clients are actually the more intelligent of the population.
Is hypnosis safe?
- Studies have not shown any instances where hypnosis has resulted in either physiological or physical harm.
Have any famous people used hypnosis?
- Yes, many famous people have used Hypnosis. For example Daryl Hannah used hypnosis to end her debilitating stage fright. Matt Damon quit his smoking habit with hypnosis. Singer Lily Allen lost two stone of weight using hypnosis. Tiger Woods has used hypnosis since he was 13 years of age to improve sports performance.
What is NLP?
- NLP is a feel good mind and mood management technology that helps you to build confidence, stay positive, face adversity, overcome challenge and persuade more easily.NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your brain and how to run it better. Linguistic refers to language and this includes body language. Programming refers to your ability to learn how to program your own brain and other people’s brains for positive results.NLP has become a global phenomenon. From its early roots as a therapeutic tool it has spread its wings across the world of business, politics, sports and comedy. Such notables as Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, Tony Blair and Jimmy Carr are just a few that use NLP.NLP originated in the early 1970’s when Richard Bandler, a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, was transcribing taped therapy sessions of the Gestalt therapist Fritz Perls .Richard recognized particular language patterns and behaviour structures that determined Perls’success. He showed his findings to one of his lecturers, John Grinder, a linguist, and together they decided to model other successful Therapists, such as Milton Erickson and Virginia Satir .As a result NLP The science of success was born.
Nowadays NLP has become an essential tool for anyone in a helping profession, such as hypnosis.