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February 19, 2012

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis is a wherein the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to on the same concept at the same without   – Terence Watts 

Normally the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind work independently from each other. Conscious wishes and thoughts , which are for the moment of now and which are probably responsible for what we we might consider our human side, may easily be at odds with subconscious processes based on forgotten experience and deep rooted instinct. As a the two parts will often be at odds, and the more able we are to bring them into alignment, the more powerful the resultant state will be.  Its why the strongest minds do the best.  The hypnotist is really a guide for the client, showing the client how to do it, because all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis, the client is in control.

Once the two parts work in unison you can have a fluid interchange of thoughts ideas and information in both directions from the conscious to the unconscious and back.  We can more easily recall things relevant to our state at the time, or find a way to resolve inner conflict that is suddenly made visible.

“Warriors, Settlers & Nomads: Discovering Who We Are and What We Can Be: ” (Terence Watts)

 You cannot feel hypnosis and hypnotherapy because both parts of the mind are doing what they normally do. Its just now they are doing the same thing at the same time.  You are still aware of you conscious thoughts, but always remain unaware of your subconscious, So it feels the same as normal except perhaps more relaxed.

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind.  In practice, the often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the of the client’s own imagination and may utilise a wide range of techniques from story telling, metaphor or symbolism (judged to be meaningful to the individual client) to the use of direct suggestions for beneficial .William Broom  

Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy uses a process that brings about deep relaxation and refocusses the mind. A in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, and hypnotherapy teaches people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses. It can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential. However, it is not just potential which Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy is far too and varied to catalogue but certainly includes: , anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, allergies and skin disorders, migraine and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, where normal anaesthetics have not been practical, in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement. As an adjunct to other techniques, it can also assist in helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management strategies.

Although there remain many other areas of human suffering in which Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy may bring relief, there are instances in which it may be contra-indicated. These could include some manifestations of depressive illness, epilepsy, psychosis (e.g. schizophrenia) and some breathing problems.

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jonathan spencer
jonathan spencer
Jonathan is in his 50s, and is as simple or complex as the next person. He has owned and managed healthcare business, worked in the theatre, healthcare, for charities, trade unions and in the commercial sector. His background in psychology and therapy compliments his expertise in business and technology. He is passionate about disability and support for people with disability, in part because of experience in his own family. He has always followed a spiritual path finding a home amongst the spiritual and social conscience of Quakers and latterly joining the Church of England.