Hypnotherapy Hype: Can Hypnosis Help You?

Hypnotherapy is a fast growing method to modify or change behavior. People are using hypnosis for everything from weight loss and pain management to boosting self confidence and to stop smoking. Many people visit a qualified hypnotherapist to take advantage of the therapy, while others take advantage of self-hypnosis through the plethora of self-help resources available. While some people think that hypnosis is nothing but hype, if you want to change or modify your behavior or thoughts on a certain subject you may want to give hypnosis a try.

How Hypnosis Works

There are many different reasons hypnosis works. Our minds are very open to suggestions at all times and hypnosis creates a way for us to program ourselves with positive, empowering and uplifting information that can change our lives in powerful ways. There is no secret to hypnosis.

Here Are a Few Techniques Hypnosis Employs:

1) Relaxation: Most people are most receptive while sleeping or extremely relaxed. The hypnotherapist always asks if you are comfortable and undisturbed. If you use CD’s it is okay to fall asleep; our minds absorb more when we are sleeping.

2) Repetition: The more an idea is repeated, the more likely it will be accepted. Think about a TV commercial and how you are more likely to accept a new idea or product when you have seen a commercial fifty or sixty times over a course of several days.

3) Guided Imagery and Visualization: Everything begins in the mind and hypnosis finds a way to implant your mind with images you want, as opposed to the images you currently hold due to repeated patterns. For instance, you must imagine yourself as a non-smoker or a thinner person, before you can start acting in the ways that will bring this into reality.

4) Suggestions: Hypnosis is a way to suggest new ideas into the mind.

Seeing a Hypnotherapist

If you are seeking to try a hypnotherapist, you should make sure they have professional qualifications. There are many different schools and trainings for hypnotherapy and doing your homework in this area will really pay off in the long run. Ask questions. Find out how much they charge, what to expect when you are hypnotized, how long each session will last, how many sessions you will you need and how long the therapist has been in practice. Try to choose a hypnotherapist with a good reputation who has been in practice for a while. Shop around. Most importantly, you will want to have a feeling of trust between yourself and your hypnotherapist. Does this person make you feel at ease? Do you feel safe with him? Do you like his personality and feel that you can trust him with your mind?

Self-Hypnosis: Tapes, CD’s and MP3’s

While seeing a hypnotherapist is a great idea, it is cheaper and more accessible to try hypnotizing yourself. Hypnosis can be self-administered by using online downloads, MP3’s, tapes, or CD’s. Whether you are looking to lose weight, stop smoking, gain social confidence, or curb anxiety, there are a wide variety of resources and products on the market. Hypnosis products can be tried at night upon going to bed. They can also be a great way to wake up in the morning to start your day on a positive note. For the price of one hypnotherapy session, you can buy several different self-hypnosis products to start changing your own mind right away on a host of different subjects. Never listen to hypnosis CD’s while driving your car.



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What Is Hypnotherapy And How Does It Work?

Although the word “sleep” is often used in correlation with hypnosis and hypnotherapy, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does, however, induce a trance-like condition that actually increases the subject’s state of awareness in their own subconscious. Because the subconscious is under the mental surface and we are mostly unaware of it in our normal conscious state, the hypnotic state is necessary to gain access to it.

A hypnotherapist, after the subject is in their hypnotic state, is able to suggest ideas to them as a form of therapy. These ideas are implanted deep into the psyche and can help with any number of issues. For example, while under hypnosis, a therapist may be able to suggest to you that cigarettes taste and smell awful, they make you sick and you want nothing to do with them. This is only a suggestion and may not work 100% the first time. Instead, the next time the subject picks up a cigarette, they may smoke it but will gain less enjoyment from it, hopefully leading them to eventually quit.

Hypnosis is the act of hypnotizing a subject. The practice of healing or positive growth through hypnosis is known as hypnotherapy. This is the method most subjects seek out to help them stop smoking, lost weight, reduce anxiety, and so on. Hypnotherapy focuses on ‘reprogramming’ certain behavior patterns within the mind. This can enable you to conquer your fears, bad habits and negative thoughts toward yourself.

Hypnotherapy can treat physical symptoms as well as mental ones. As the subject is placed under hypnosis, they are much more relaxed. This is more than a mental state, as the blood pressure and breathing will slow, releasing pressure on the heart and other organs. This is effective for pain management and often to promote physical healing after an injury or major surgery. Hypnotherapy is practiced on the principle that the mind and the body are one connected thing and that one can control the other.

Hypnosis is effective as a treatment process chiefly because it allows the subject to shut down the “thinking” part of the brain. In other words, under hypnosis you do not think about the stresses of your everyday life or the logistics. The non-analytical side of the brain (our right hemisphere) is empowered and allowed to be affected and cause changes in the person. This may seem a little far-fetched for some, but millions of people around the world swear by these methods.

Hypnotherapy can treat any number of disorders from bad habits such as smoking and overeating, to suppressed memories that inhibit you from carrying on successful relationships. It has been endorsed by medical professionals as an effective pain management technique and is often chosen over epidural’s during childbirth. However, none of these conditions can be treated effectively if the subject does not believe that they will. Because hypnosis is a science of the mind, it cannot be entered into involuntarily and must have your full cooperation in order to be effective.

Terry Doherty works all over the UK working extensively with individual and business clients helping clients to stop smoking, manage weight, manage stress, become more confident and helping change many other behavioural issues. Terry uses the latest techniques of hypnosis, NLP and life coaching skills for profound change. He can be reached at http://www.mind-works.co.uk

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