What is Hypnosis?

It may be surprising to many to learn that we experience trance states often during the course of our lives. Even
passing into ordinary sleep involves a kind of trance state. The experience of hypnosis is similar: neither asleep nor
awake and a little like daydreaming, with a pleasant feeling of deep relaxation behind it all. Hypnosis is a different
state of consciousness which you can naturally enter so that, for therapeutic purposes (hypnotherapy), beneficial
corrections may be given directly to your unconscious mind.

In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a
reservoir of unrecognised potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our problems.

Realistically no-one can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, a person can still reject any
suggestion. Thus hypnotherapy is a state of purposeful co-operation.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is using the state of hypnosis to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated
that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more
conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and
qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no
harmful side effects.

Hypnotherapy makes use of the bicameral nature of the functioning brain and the conscious / unconscious
processes therein. At its simplest level the unconscious mind becomes (through our life experience) the repository
of our conditioned experience, while the conscious mind is the waking mind dealing with appraisal and decision
making. In hypnotherapy the critical faculties of the conscious mind are sidestepped (through the hypnotic
condition) and new ideas and 'suggestions' placed directly into the uncritical unconscious to effect beneficial
changes when back in the waking state.

Clinical applications of Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is medically accepted to benefit the following and more: unwanted habits - smoking, nail biting, bed
wetting, weight control / healthy eating, improve work / study / sporting performance, boost self-confidence and
achieving potential, phobias, compulsions, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, worries, reduce stress,
tension and blood pressure, stomach problems, IBS, gynaecological problems - PMT, psychogenic infertility,
obstetrics (painless childbirth), skin problems, pain control, minor surgery, dentistry, arthritic pains, aches and
pains, some sexual problems...

Put simply, where your problem is due to habitual conditioning (habit formation), accumulated stress or unresolved
events in your past then hypnotherapy can be used to access and reprogramme these complexes which are being
sustained and remain active at the unconscious level.

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