What are Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?

In order to allay some of the fears and misconceptions concerning hypnosis, I would like to make it clear that what takes place under hypnosis is safe, natural and non-magical, giving very predictable results.

There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated, or even induced into a hypnotic state against your free will. A person in hypnosis is not 'asleep', on the contrary, they are often more aware of what is taking place than usual, and their senses function far more efficiently than normal. Nobody could possibly be made to do anything that they did not want to do and virtually anybody can enter the hypnotic state. People who say or think "nobody can get me under" or "I wouldn't want anybody controlling my mind" or "I might blurt all my secrets out", are really demonstrating that they have a misconception of what hypnosis really is.

The state of hypnosis, a totally natural phenomenon, is very pleasant and very relaxing, and a person can converse very easily whilst within this state. It is inconceivable that any harm could befall them. Indeed, the centuries old technique of hypnosis is being used increasingly as an adjunct to orthodox medicine where it is proving a valuable alternative to drugs for anaesthesia, to accelerate healing, relieve stress and control pain. A good definition of hypnosis is 'A state of relaxation and concentration, at one with a state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion'.

In hypnotherapy you are guided into hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. You may then experience mental, physical and emotional relaxation: a wonderfully enlightening feeling of peace and tranquillity, just like relaxing on a beautiful beach. When we relax, our mind can function much more efficiently and effectively. With the help of the hypnotherapist, you are able to look at problems from a different perspective and maybe discover solutions that had been missed before.

In hypnosis it is possible to recall and resolve past memories which relate to current blockages. Old, outdated and inappropriate patterns of behaviour can be dropped, in favour of new and more rewarding ways of being. It can be really satisfying to receive a boost to your self esteem and confidence and to feel back in the driving seat and in control of your life.