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Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. The patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is quietened and the subconscious mind is revealed.
The therapist is able to suggest positive changes, ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.
In my therapy I use hypnotherapy in many ways, mainly to deepen the experience of positive feelings and transform negative past experiences allowing you to enhance peaceful relaxing states and anchor those in, using the power of your subconscious mind so that when you leave your session its healing power has a cumulative effect.
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How Hypnotherapy works
Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The conscious control of the mind is inhibited, and the subconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient's behaviour and physical state to alter. For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to change but will still fail as long as their subconscious mind retains this terror which prevents them from succeeding. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are removed or altered.
The technique doesn’t involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do. They remain fully aware of their surroundings and situation. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders.
It allows you to journey deeper and access inner trauma without the distress, here we can transmute the cellular memory from the subconscious by using suggestion. This alters the present moment awareness of the trauma to a place where you feel differently about it but might not be able to understand why. The pain of it is diluted to a place where it’s doesn’t bother you and this can take some getting used too but ultimately you come to know the feeling of peace inside and any of the old unwanted symptoms float away. I use Ericksonian techniques in Hypnotherapy.
Milton Erickson was an American psychiatrist and psychologists specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy, who was physically disabled for most of his life. At age 17, he contracted polio and was so severely paralyzed that doctors believed he would die.
While recovering in bed, almost entirely immobile and unable to speak, he became strongly aware of the significance of nonverbal communication – body language, tone of voice, and the way that these nonverbal expressions often directly contradicted the verbal ones. He also began to have “body memories” of the muscular activity of his own body. By concentrating on these memories, he slowly began to regain control of parts of his body to the point where he was eventually able to talk and use his arms and legs again.
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