Hypnotherapy is a highly successful, clinically-proven, behavioral modification approach used by psychologists and therapists for hundreds of years. Unlike “traditional” therapy, most people notice results after just one session. Furthermore, hypnotherapy does not dwell on a patient’s past.
Hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist. These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people's minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the patient is actually in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on the hypnotist's voice. In this state,
the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed.
The therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which become firmly planted.
The practice of promoting healing or positive development in any way is known as hypnotherapy. As such, hypnotherapy is a kind of psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy aims to re-program patterns of behavior within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As the body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated.
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Why Hypnosis Works
Did you know what most of our behavior was learned during the first five years of our lives?
Everything we see, hear, and experience (whether you remember it or not), including the beliefs and behaviors of the people around you, became rooted in your subconscious mind, creating your "mental script". Parents, teachers, cultural or religious affiliations, and the media - all impact and help create those scripts.
Our scripts are responsible for who we are, what we do, and what we have today. Then, amazingly, they will continue to affect those who knew us who are left behind. In other words, mental script it’s the way we think. It’s how we react (often unknowingly) to a given situation. These mental concoctions that WE CREATE can be so powerful at times they can direct our actions and emotions. Negative and damaging scripts come in all shapes and sizes, such as: relationship self-scripts (e.g., “I can't live without so-and-so”), money self-scripts (e.g., “no matter how hard I work, there is never enough money” or "money will make things better"), confidence self-scripts (e.g., “I can't speak in front of large groups of people” or “I am not good enough”) and so on so forth.
While most people experience a strong desire to change "destructive" behaviors, people are also very likely to found themselves constantly steering away from the very changes they would like to bring into their lives, no matter how strong the desire to change may be.
The reason why most attempts to change a habit don't work is because the subconscious mind overpowers the conscious desire to make a change. If your mental script believes that "you will never be successful", unfortunately the majority of your attempts to create success will fail, because your subconscious' job is to keep you in your "comfort zone". Any attempt to change that program will trigger what is know as the fight/flight mechanism in your brain, and this powerful defense system will do whatever it takes to take you right back to your familiar grounds.
Hypnosis is a therapeutic tool that allows you to "bypass" your subconscious mind and change those mental scripts that no longer work for you.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Hypnosis is not a dangerous procedure. It is not mind control or brainwashing. A therapist cannot make a person do something embarrassing or that the person doesn't want to do.