What is Hypnosis
Hypnotherapy is a complementary therapy that helps people discover the subconscious reasons for their symptoms, behaviours, or habits and utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about change to those thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The process aims to alter your state of consciousness in a way that relaxes the conscious part of the mind while simultaneously stimulating and focusing the subconscious part. This heightened state of awareness - reached using skilled relaxation techniques - allows the therapist to guide you with appropriate suggestions, to change the behaviour or feelings that are holding you back, helping you set aside those limiting beliefs which may have been preventing you from moving toward a more healthy and happy you.
It is widely endorsed as a treatment for habit breaking, stress related issues and for a range of long-term conditions, and in recent years has been gaining steam in the medical world. Medical practitioners support the use of hypnosis in many areas of conventional medicine such as pain relief and IBS, many have found the process has been incredibly effective when used in tandem with traditional treatment or when used independently after other avenues have been exhausted.
Hypnosis has the capacity to work for the majority of people and some people are more hypnotisable than others.. The most important thing to remember is that you must be fully committed to the process and feel that you can place your trust in your hypnotherapist. You are very hypnotisable if you have the ability to concentrate, if you often day dream, if you have a good memory, if you become thoroughly absorbed by a good book and if you become entranced by an interesting movie. All these things are a form of hypnotic state where your conscious mind is giving way to your unconscious relaxed mind.
Even only moderately hypnotisable people still respond to hypnosis, maybe not going so deeply into the hypnotic state, but, since everyone is hypnotisable to some extent, you will be able to use hypnosis to change a habit and accomplish ordinary hypnosis goals such as stopping smoking or losing weight.
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