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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is a state wherein the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to work on the same concept at the same time without conflict – 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 result 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.
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that attempts to address the client’s subconscious mind. In practice, the Hypnotherapist often (but not exclusively) requires the client to be in a relaxed state, frequently enlists the power 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 change.- William Broom
Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy uses a process that brings about deep relaxation and refocusses the mind. A person 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 long and varied to catalogue but certainly includes: stress, 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 counselling 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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