For many people hypnosis brings to mind the stage or TV shows they may have seen where someone is apparently made to behave in a degrading or stupid fashion. This is unfortunate since hypnosis used properly is nothing like this. You can't be made to do things against your will, even though the media might have you believe otherwise in order to sell fiction, and there is no record of anyone ever having been harmed by hypnosis. Hypnosis has been used for many thousands of years to help cure all manner of ills as well as in place of anaesthetics in operations before the discovery of ether, and then more effective anaesthetics. In recent years hypnosis has had a come back in the operating theatre as it suffers from none of the side effects that drugs do, and as an aid to pain free childbirth it is definitely coming to the fore.
In order to help you better understand what Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are all about, we have included a few of the common questions we are often asked.Can You Explain Hypnosis?
The reason it was hard at first is because your conscious mind was trying to understand how to do it. At the same time, your subconscious was learning how and as soon as it was able to, it took over and whatever it was you are learning became simple - it even felt instinctive and natural. And once your subconscious has learnt to do something it normally doesn't forget.
Now as well as learning how to walk, talk etc., your subconscious has a very important job to do - it has to keep you safe and well. It does this by building up a set of event-reaction associations. As an example, you learn to associate great heat with danger, but gentle heat with comfort, standing on the edge of a great drop with fear, walking in the road with danger. All these things (and many more) are mainly learnt when you are a child and are programmed in as a result of constantly being warned by a parent or guardian to avoid the danger.
In order to ensure that we don't change this programming by mistake, nature has made it hard for us to modify any of the programming in our subconscious mind. If you, or anyone you know, has tried to stop smoking, or give up some other bad habit, you will understand how hard it is to change the way your subconscious mind is working. We call such attempts "using will power". It's trying to use your conscious mind to change your subconscious - and it's almost impossible. But it is possible to change your subconscious programming using hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a natural state which we all enter quite often on our own. A good example of this is daydreaming. When you daydream you enter a state of self hypnosis and the normal world drifts into the distance. This is exactly what happens when you are hypnotised except with daydreaming you are doing it completely on your own. And just as you are fully aware when daydreaming (you would always hear your name if someone called you), when you are hypnotised you are also always aware of what is going on. When a hypnotherapist hypnotises you, all he or she is doing is helping you to relax - think of daydreaming again. As you relax, your subconscious mind becomes more able to listen and accept ideas and it is this that the trainined and skilled hypnotherapist will use to help us gently change an association you may have that is holding you back.So What Happens In A Session?
As you relax more and more, we will gently make the changes you have asked for and agreed for us to do. The actual hypnosis session can last anything from half to one hour and is usually followed by a short period when you can gradually come back to your normal state and get used to your new you.But What About The Stage Hypnotists?
It's a simple fact that hypnosis cannot make you do anything against your will - your conscious mind is always present and aware and should anything be suggested that is inappropriate you would simply end the session and that would be it. But if you asked the hypnotist to make you think you were a dog, then he or she could do it - but only with your agreement.Do You Mess With My Mind?