Hypnosis is a state of natural deep, relaxation and concentration. It helps you to use the power of your mind and your creative imagination to find new ways of dealing with problems and to alter unwanted patterns of behaviour. The hypnotic state enables you to access the ability of the subconscious mind to resolve deeply rooted issues. Hypnotherapy is Behaviour Modification Counselling that provides a powerful and effective means of creating “permanent” lifestyle changes. It is a holistic approach of “Total Sensory Communication” between the mind and body. Using Hypnosis, a professionally trained Hypnotherapist acts as a guide to assist you in releasing old, negative habits and fears that keep you from reaching your desired goals.
Hypnotherapy is considered an effective adjunct in psychotherapy for many issues, and more are being studied. On its own, hypnotherapy is reported to be beneficial: In 2001, the British Psychological Society commissioned a group of expert psychologists and published a report that declared hypnosis a proven therapeutic medium and valid for study.
Hypnosis and hypnotherapy has been rooted in science with evidence based results reported for many years. Although the American Medical Association (AMA) currently has no clear position on the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy, in 1958, the AMA reported “hypnotherapy has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses”.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
It feels awesome! Hypnosis is a natural state and feels similar to what you feel right before you fall asleep. When you awaken, you feel refreshed and revitalized. You just feel as if you are relaxing in a very comfortable place with your eyes closed. You can hear everything-my voice, and all other external sounds. You're mindful the entire time, aware of everything going on around you as well as what your unconscious is revealing to you.
Will I be able to enter the trance or hypnotic state?
You indeed have been entering a similar state, many a times in your daily life. E.g. while reading a novel or watching a movie of your interest, you tend to become so engrossed people may speak to you and you do not hear because your attention is piled up on what you are doing. In medical hypnosis, you give your attention to what your therapist is saying to you and other things do not bother you. You will certainly be able to go into the hypnotic state if you cooperate and concentrate on what is being said to you.
Will I lose consciousness in the hypnotic state?
No. Not any more than the time you were reading a mind gripping novel or playing your favourite game or watching a movie of your interest.
Can I ever be hypnotized against my will?
No. This is not possible. Even if you have learnt extremely well how to go into the hypnotic state, you can always refuse to do so if you desire.
What if I'm taking some kind of medication?
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnotherapy will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask you medical provider. It has been observed that over long periods of time, hypnosis tends to "potentiate" medication. This means that if you're currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can act as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment and more informed doctors favour it.
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