WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, a state of deep concentration and
relaxation. It is a natural state of being and every person has, quite
spontaneously, and unbeknownst to themselves, been in a hypnotic state.
For example, have you ever been so involved in a movie or book that you do not
hear the telephone ring, or driving and arriving at your destination, but not quite
remembering how you got there?
“Daydreaming” is another hypnotic state, a state that is all too familiar to
everyone, and so is that lovely in-between space when you just wake up or when
you are about to fall asleep.
The brainwave patterns that are found in hypnosis are similar to those found
during meditation and prayer, and sometimes light sleep.
HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
In hypnotherapy, the therapist helps the client to bypass the conscious mind
and to work and communicate directly with the subconscious mind.
This is important because we believe that the subconscious really controls behaviour and symptoms, and that the conscious mind can block the understanding or resolution of the issues. It is as if you can change the “programming” at the subconscious level and really get to the root of the problem.
Another reason is that endorphins secreted by the brain act as a natural narcotic during the experience of physical, emotional or spiritual trauma. The release of these endorphins result in a repression of the trauma from the conscious mind into the unconscious. The person who has been traumatized therefore, in many cases, has no conscious recall of the trauma or its intensity. They could therefore experience symptoms that vary from depression to physical illnesses, but may not be aware that the original trauma is at the root of the problem.
BENEFITS OF HYPNOSIS
Do not allow just anybody to hypnotise you. It is a powerful tool and hypnotherapy should be done by a registered therapist, preferably a psychologist. Please ask your therapist what their training encompassed.
Hypnosis is not a magic wand that can “take away” your problems. It can however assist you in changing your behaviour to be more positive. You still need to take some responsibility for your action.
INFORMATION TO BE USED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Any suggestions or opinions voiced in these pages are those of the authors, and in no way to be constructed as final treatment advice. They are intended as a starting point to develop your own preparation and treatment plan. Please consult your medical and/or psychological experts or caregivers to fine-tune the advice and suggestions for your own unique needs.