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Wake up to modern hypnotherapy

July 2011 

hynotherapyHypnotherapy 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 ones 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 lighthearted 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 to assist with 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.

Another problem is that at the moment there is no legislation to control hypnotherapy and therefore it is essential you ensure the hypnotherapist you work with is fully trained. In the UK there is a Hypnotherapy Association which is a non-profit making organisation and a leading independent professional body. Membership includes a code of ethics to be adhered to and they hold a register of fully trained and experienced hypnotherapists across the UK.

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