What is Hypnosis
Hypnosis comes from the Greek ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep, however, during hypnosis the client does not fall asleep. The phenomenon of hypnosis can be described as ‘bypassing the critical faculty of the conscious mind so as to allow direct communication with the subconscious’. Some scholars have chosen to define it as a highly focussed state of mind where the conscious mind is narrowed to a single focus of attention, allowing the subconscious to become suggestible.
Whatever the true nature of hypnosis, the client does not fall asleep, nor become unconscious. They do not lose control and can hear everything the hypnotist says, although they may not remember it all. Sometimes nothing is remembered.
The important thing to emphasise is that usually, the client experiences deep relaxation during a session. The subconscious mind becomes more active and accessible and changes are then more easily effected. The subconscious is the seat of our ingrained habits, reactions, fears, phobias, prejudices and non-conscious activity. It is here that the therapeutic work must have effect to be permanent and successful.
The skill of a hypnotherapist is to lead the client into a state whereby they are in a position to allow communication to take place directly with the subconscious, thus avoiding the judgement of the logical, rational part of the mind. A deep seated desire for change may be blocked by the conscious mind which is why many find it almost impossible to change without help.
Many clients have described their sessions as being in a wonderfully relaxed and deeply peaceful state and after learning self-hypnosis have practiced it for themselves. Why not come and experience the wonderful gentle power of hypnotherapy for yourself?