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Hypnotherapy

11Hypnosis is the doorway through which we access the unconscious mind to promote self-healing both physical and emotionally.

It has been practised for thousands of years. Evidence of this can be seen in the ancient Sanskrit writings where reference is made to the use of healing trances and healing temples. The Hindu Vedas, written about 1500 BC mention hypnotic procedures. Also, ancient Egyptian scrolls refer to sleeping temples and the use of trance inductions for healing. The ancient Greeks also had healing and sleep temples. Wong Tai, a father of Chinese medicine, made an early written reference to hypnosis in 2600 BC.

Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state. It is just a change in our brain wave pattern from beta to alpha waves. This happens normally just before we wake or sleep or when we are in a state of light relaxation (daydreaming).

It is impossible to hypnotize someone without their consent as all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. There has to be a willingness on the part of the person to be hypnotized. A common misconception with hypnosis is that you relinquish control when in a hypnotic trance. The truth is that in a trance state you are taking back control; you are aware of everything said to you and you can easily accept or reject any suggestion given to you if it is in conflict with your values or beliefs.

Some misconceptions regarding Hypnosis

  • Will I have no memory of the experience?

Most clients expect to be in such a deep state of unconsciousness that they will have no memory of the experience. This is not true, unless you give a specific suggestion to forget what happened. In actuality, in Hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. If you fall asleep you are not in hypnosis.

  • Do I relinquish over control my mind during hypnosis?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis in the same way that no one could make you go into a meditative state if you did not want to. It is important to correct the myth that is perpetuated in media representations in which the “hypnotist” is portrayed as having the control over the client.

  • Will I get stuck in hypnosis?

No one ever gets stuck in hypnosis. Since you are the one who is in control, you can choose to leave hypnosis at any time. The worst case is that you might fall asleep (then you are not in hypnosis). If there was any emergency during your session (such as to evacuate the building), your conscious mind would automatically recognize the urgency of the situation and you would return to full alertness.

Some techniques used in Hypnosis

1. Guided imagery and visualization using well designed scripts

2. Symptomatic approach using direct and indirect suggestions, metaphors and Parts Therapy

3. Analytical approach using regression techniques to reveal the original or initial symptom producing event and Past life    regression.

Some benefits of Hypnosis

1. It is a drug free approach. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, iatrogenic illness (which includes the adverse reactions to prescribed medication) is one of the leading causes of death in USA

2. It is the preferred treatment in the UK for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Fibromyalgia and Hypertension and is complementary to the medical health profession..

3. It is non-invasive – there is no poking, prodding or needles required.

4. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation.

If you are feeling “SICK AND TIRED” there is no better way to energize your body than with a guided imagery and visualizing hypnosis session. See yourself as a winner
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