What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness that is characterised by a feeling of calmness.
How does Hypnosis work?
There are different states of awareness. The mind works on two distinctly different levels: the conscious level and the subconscious level. The conscious mind is the waking reasoning mind whereas the subconscious mind is much larger and controls tasks such as breathing, walking, driving and habits.
By using hypnosis as a tool, the therapist teaches the client how to relax the conscious mind to such an extent that it will not interpret, interfere, filter or influence any work being done directly with the subconscious mind.
The two types of treatment
This form of therapy aims at revealing and addressing the root cause underlying the problem or symptom. Addressing the root cause of a problem involves unearthing feelings repressed as a result of trauma suffered earlier in life. Releasing the repressed emotion is the key to lasting relief.
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This form of therapy works well with problems like smoking, nail-biting, pre-test/exam nerves, weight problems, confidence, memory boosting, etc. and involves the elimination of symptoms through relearning at the subconscious level.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is hypnosis really safe?
Yes, hypnosis is a proven therapeutic aid. Hypnosis is not sleep. Hypnosis is a guided relaxing state of heightened awareness which means you are fully aware at all times.
Can I get “stuck” in hypnosis?
No. You will return to full awareness just as spontaneously as when you go to sleep at night and wake up in the morning.
Shall I be aware of what’s happening?
Yes, you are in full control at all times. All hypnosis is self hypnosis so at no time is control ever handed over to the therapist.
Will I know if I’m hypnotised?
There is no real feeling that you can call a “hypnotised feeling”. Many people cannot tell the difference between the waking state and the hypnotic state. Some people say “I felt very relaxed”, and the positive results speak for themselves.
So I am not asleep then?
No. You are simply extremely relaxed. This is why the technique is sometimes referred to as “Conscious Hypnosis”
Are there people who cannot be hypnotised?
No, except those who choose not to be hypnotised. Entering the state of hypnosis is something you choose to do and as nobody can force you to fall asleep nobody can force you to fall into hypnosis.
Could I be influenced to do anything against my will or nature?
No. In fact, you would spontaneously come out of the hypnotic state the instant any such action was suggested to you.
How many appointments will I need?
Suggestion Therapy usually requires three to five sessions depending on the condition and its severity. The more emotionally deep-rooted conditions require Analytical rather than Suggestion Therapy which consists of a minimum of twelve weekly sessions.