Far from the stage-managed, smoke-and-mirror techniques used by “hypnotists”, which are used as entertainment and usually involve putting someone in an embarrassing situation, hypnotherapists are governed by a code of ethics. registered hypnotherapists will “take the deepest possible interest in every client to be at all times conscientious, persevering, kind, patient, thorough and trustworthy and to treat all information acquired during treatment as highly confidential”.
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy in which the therapist guides you towards a state of mental and physical relaxation. It’s a bit like that lovely feeling you get just before you drift off to sleep, or just before you completely wake up. It can feel something like daydreaming.
Hypnotherapy Allows the Conscious Mind to Rest.
When you are in a hypnotic state, your conscious mind can take a break from what it likes to do best, that is, think, analyse, work things out, remember, plan and sometimes just chatter, chatter, chatter. Once your conscious mind is out of the way, your subconscious mind can be accessed. It is the subconscious mind that hypnotherapy speaks to.
The subconscious mind is a deep well of information, and when it’s accessed, profound changes can take place. So if you have unhealthy or unhelpful habits, negative thought patterns, or a traumatic past experience, the subconscious is where they are housed, which is why it’s difficult to change or overcome things using the conscious mind.
The Hypnotic State
The hypnotic state is a normal state of mind. In fact, you may even have had an experience of being in a hypnotic state without even knowing it. Have you ever walked home and on putting the key into the door, wondered how you got there ,that you didn’t remember crossing the busy road or walking past familiar sites? Or drifted off to “another place” while at school or a meeting?
These are all instances of being in a hypnotic state,all hypnosis is “self hypnosis” Our bodies experience what are known as ultradian rhythms, which are cycles or periods that are repeated throughout a 24-hour day. These ultradian rhythms, which are said to occur every 90 to 20 minutes, are the basis of a common, everyday trance or hypnotic state. What usually happens – for instance if you are at work is that you’ll find your concentration flagging and you may find yourself daydreaming or just taking a break. These are natural and normal breaks in our day.
In a sense, hypnosis makes use of these natural lapses in activity by harnessing the subconscious mind to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions.
It’s almost as if the therapist is a facilitator in your healing, as your mind is being guided towards healthy habits and thought patterns.allowing you to live the life you want.