What is Hypnotherapy?
A state of gentle relaxation in which you are aware and in control at all times. Hypnosis is simply a safe altered state of awareness making use of the 'alpha' state. The state that you enter perhaps when daydreaming, or just before you fall asleep - a state of relaxation, peace and calm. Hypnotherapy is a means of making use of this altered state of awareness to enable a therapeutic change, in other words, changing an unwanted habit or other area of an individuals behaviour that they want to get rid of.
You cannot be made to do anything you don't want to do, so if you simply don't want to be hypnotised you won't be. Being hypnotised may feel different to how you expect it to feel, but that does not mean you are not in hypnosis. The degree of hypnosis varies from person to person. Most therapy sessions do not require more than a light to medium trance state which everyone can easily achieve with gentle guidance from the therapist.
How does it work?
Hypnosis allows for more direct communication with your subconscious / unconscious mind. In this relaxed state of awareness the mind is more receptive to making changes easier to unresolved or unhealed experiences or to make changes to unwanted behaviours or thoughts.
What can be treated?
Some well known areas of treatment are:
Pain management: manage pain from conditions such as migraines, chronic pain, and cancer.
Anxiety, panic attacks and depression: manage symptoms of anxiety and depression by addressing the underlying thoughts and emotions that contribute to these conditions.
Weight loss: overcome emotional eating, change their eating habits, and achieve their weight loss goals.
Smoking cessation: quit smoking by addressing the underlying emotional and psychological reasons for smoking.
Stress management: manage stress by teaching them relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation and visualization.
Improving self-confidence and self-esteem: by addressing negative thoughts and beliefs you might hold.
Improving sleep: addressing underlying emotional and psychological reasons for insomnia.
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