Definition: Greek; hypnos (“sleep”) therapy (“treatment”)
Origin: Egypt - Healing can be traced back to around 3000 BC.
Founded By: German physician & astrologist Dr Franz Mesmer (1734-1815) in 1775
Therapy Type: Mind-Body
WHAT EXACTLY IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy utilises hypnosis, a state of altered consciousness in which the therapist can make suggestions to help you access deeper levels of awareness. These levels are usually oblivious in your normal daily activity. Such natural state of heightened alertness enables you to open the mind to beneficial goal-led suggestions and to make use of your imagination to help make everyday positive changes.
Hypnotherapy concludes that what you perceive as a condition, whether it may be a psychological, emotional or psychosomatic disorder, (where you produce the physical symptoms). It is believed that the condition from which you are suffering is the surface effect of a much deeper underlying emotional/mental cause. A qualified therapist works with the co-operation of the client at all times, caring for the client and nurturing them throughout the therapy, which is essential as they work with the clients deeper levels of consciousness, to bring about a change in the way they think, behave and feel.
Hypnotherapy has been likened to being in a daydream, as hypnosis is a state referred to as a ‘trance’. Whether the client experiences a light or a deep trance is dependent upon what is right for that individual at that time.
When problems are left untreated, it can start to affect other areas of your life. A common finding for people who have had effective hypnotherapy, is that their other problems seem to disappear.
Hypnotherapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
At your preliminary session, your hypnotherapist will need to ascertain some background information, from there the therapist will discuss with you your aims and what you want to achieve from the sessions and whether those aims are realistic. Any questions or concerns that you may have will be openly discussed by your therapist, they will also advise you on what you can expect during the session. The therapist when you feel ready will guide you into a relaxed state of hypnosis, during the hypnosis the therapist may use one of a variety of hypnotherapeutic and psychotherapeutic techniques to enable you to let go of old behaviours and responses, which will support you in becoming more resourceful and the person that you want to become.Everybody experiences trance differently as it is a unique experience but you are always in control. A hypnotic trance is generally a pleasant, relaxing and tranquil experience. During hypnosis, you will be aware of all physical sensations around you and will perhaps even notice sounds you wouldn't have done normally. When you are fully aware again you may be able to recall everything that happened during your trance depending on how deeply you were entranced.
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