Hypnosis is a deep feeling of relaxation and single-minded focus or awareness. It is like a daydream, or the natural trance reached through meditation. Hypnosis has been recorded throughout the Ages as a mind-body healing system - from Ancient Greece until today. A trance is essentially an altered state of consciousness in which you can change your focus of awareness.
All hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. We all have an innate potential to experience trance to a greater or lesser degree. We experience trance in our everyday lives! For example, remember the last time you were at the cinema or watching a movie at home, did you notice that your entire focus was on the screen and you were very much less aware of your surroundings? Maybe you were so caught up in the action on screen that you forgot where you were or who you were with.
In a therapeutic setting, hypnosis is useful for focusing your awareness on what you need to deal with. A hypnotherapist essentially facilitates and teaches you how to achieve that. When you are in this altered state of awareness the suggestions that come from the subconscious mind are more powerful and effective than the thoughts which arise in the conscious or analytical part of the brain - especially when you are stressed or anxious. At all times you are in control of the process with the hypnotherapist as your guide.
Hypnotherapy is useful for helping to overcome a range of troubling thought patterns and behaviours including:
- Anxiety and stress
- Pain management