Hypnosis is a process which helps you to relax and focus inwardly to a deeper level than you would normally go to when you are going about your day to day activities.

This enables you to bypass the more outward or defensive parts of your mind that might be getting in the way of what you really want to do and to make changes that are chosen by you and for your own benefit.

It is important to know that a person cannot be made to do anything under hypnosis that they would not normally do. In other words you cannot be made to do anything that is against your own beliefs, values and ethics.

During the day at some point almost all of us will experience some level of a waking hypnotic state. It might be when you are focusing intently on something specific and lose awareness of what’s going on around you or of how quickly time has passed. Another example of a mild state of hypnosis would be when you are daydreaming, just slipping away into your own private thoughts.

Hypnosis is not sleep, but sometimes the word sleep might be used during hypnosis to convey a deep state of relaxation. Even when you are in a deep state of trance your mind will be aware of everything you need to be aware of. Hypnosis does not make you lose control. During the process, even though you have your eyes closed and are feeling very nicely relaxed you will be fully aware of what is going on and, in most cases, will be able to hear everything that is going on around you. Should you feel threatened or uncomfortable you will quickly be able to bring yourself back to fully waking consciousness and have complete physical mobility without the assistance of the therapist. Simply put, you are always in control.

In 1955 The British Medical Association recognised Clinical Hypnotherapy as an effective therapy for treating both psychological and physiological illness. Over the years it has been used as anaesthesia during childbirth and for some surgical operations. It is used in treating conditions related to stress such as IBS and also for pain relief.

The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis is the recognised registering body for hypnotherapy. Their website has an excellent information page. The link for the information page is: www.bsch.org.uk/hypnotherapy.htm

Hypnotherapy is often used with already established methods of treatment from psychological disciplines such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Research shows that using these methods with hypnosis increases the efficacy of the treatments.

Hypnotherapy is well know for it’s treatment of weight loss, smoking cessation and phobias but it is also effective in the treatment of anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks.

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