For most people Hypnotherapy will be something new and unknown. And so, this brief beginners’ guide to hypnotherapy provides an introduction to the treatment – providing information on what it is, how it works and why so many people choose hypnotherapy to help them break lifelong habits or overcome the challenges of everyday life.
Hypnotherapy is a combination of psychotherapy and hypnosis. On its own, Psychotherapy can prove to be a highly beneficial therapy but its effects are enhanced by the application of hypnosis, which enables the subconscious mind to respond with positive change.
Hypnotherapy is a positive and forward-thinking therapy – and one that focuses on what the individual wants to achieve now and for the future, rather than analysing painful memories or problems from the past that may have prompted them to seek support in the first place.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is the latest, most effective brain-based therapy. It can help people overcome challenges, break habits and become the best version of themselves.
Hypnotherapy works by inducing a trance-like state within individual, where they are fully aware of their surroundings, concentrating only on the hypnotherapist’s voice. Breathing slows, as does the heart rate and brain waves change.
Contrary to popular belief, this state is different from sleep and closer to a relaxed state of wakefulness. Once within this state of hypnosis, a person becomes more open to suggestions from the hypnotherapist and is able to take control over any unconscious thoughts, behavior or feelings taking place in the subconscious.
Hypnosis or ‘trance’ is achieved through guided relaxation, where the mind can relax and then focus on thoughts and suggestions that might be useful. It is an immensely powerful, yet completely natural state that allows the individual to have focused attention.
We may not always realise it, but throughout the day we can move in and out of a form of trance such as this, for example – when we are driving, out for a run, absorbed in a good book, watching television or simply just daydreaming.
Often in the past, mind and body were considered as separate entities. In Western philosophy in particular, thoughts were not believed to have the ability to affect the body.
Since then, developments in science and evidence-based studies on the subject have acknowledged that the mind, as well as thoughts, beliefs and emotions, do indeed influence the responses/reactions of the physical body.
Every thought has a neurological consequence – and these thoughts which alter brain activity, in turn, cause physical responses that affect the whole body. For those who are open-minded and receptive to the possibilities of hypnotherapy, this treatment can be the key which unlocks the door to the individual’s own self discovery. And it’s in these discoveries that hypnotherapy has the ability to bring about a more achievable and lasting change.
“Watch carefully the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.” – Atticus Written
by Aija Kruce