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Wake up to modern hypnotherapy

May 2019

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Hypnotherapy is now used to treat many modern problems

Hypnotherapy has been around for thousands of years and has enjoyed a range of reputations, from being considered a brilliant medical technique with real benefit to patients to a dark magic where people can be influenced to perform silly and embarrassing deeds.

Much of the talk about hypnosis is hearsay alone and not based on fact. Generally, someone in a hypnotic state does not hand over control to anyone else – we all have our own levels of ethics and values which remain even during hypnotherapy and these offer a firm protective mechanism which influences one’s actions. A hypnotherapist cannot influence you to go and break into someone’s house or hold up a bank. 

The funny stage shows that are sometimes talked about is based on members of an audience who are happy to join in a bit of fun and therefore willing to comply with some light-hearted activities on stage. However, even an entertainment hypnotist will ensure they don’t ask their participants to do anything that might go against their normal boundaries of dignity or ethics as they know the participants would not comply.

Today, modern hypnotherapy can offer a range of benefits to assist in personal development and help address a wide range of specific problems.

Hypnotherapy is often used today to assist with very modern problems: stress, alcoholism, anger management, depression, panic attacks and to assist in stopping smoking or weight loss. It is also used to counteract phobias such as fear of flying and sometimes for areas such as pain control and even work and sports performance.

Hypnotherapy can be used to help with so many problems that people find hard to handle on their own, including emotional problems which have become overwhelming or have gone on for too long.

Really, hypnotherapy is simply a powerful method for personal development when you enter a state of heightened relaxation enabling you to make contact with your subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is key to many of our emotions and as a result much of our behaviour; by being able to connect more directly with the subconscious, you can help to promote the changes you want.

Hypnotists say the experience of going into a hypnotic trance is different for everyone. Generally, it is described as a pleasant and enjoyable state, similar to daydreaming or drifting off to sleep. There are different levels of trances – you can go into a deep trance or a light trance – but whatever the level of trance induced, you will always be under control and will be aware of all the physical sensations around you.  Often, when you wake from the trance, you will feel very peaceful and relaxed and, depending on how deep the trance was, you may be able to recall everything that happened when you were in the trance.

Some people are not suitable for hypnosis; for instance, if you suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia or clinical depression then you should consult your medical practitioner before talking to a hypnotherapist.

The NHS does recognise hypnotherapy but they do not cover treatment.

Another problem is that at the moment there is no legislation in place to cover the level of training required before someone can become a professional hypnotherapist. However, there are a number of professional bodies and societies in place that hypnotherapists can choose to join if they want to.
Many of these insist their members meet certain criteria which can give some reassurance but it is important to do your research properly before submitting to a hypnotherapist. You might even be able to talk to a patient of the hypnotherapist before you agree to treatment; personal recommendation can sometimes be very helpful.

There are some good contacts on line now including:
hypnotherapy-directory.org.uk/content/accreditation
thehypnotherapyassociation.co.uk
hypnotherapists.org.uk
bsch.org.uk


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