What exactly is hypnosis? While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to perform unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits; most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety.
How does Hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand creative side is made more alert.
The conscious control of the mind is relaxed (day dreaming), and the subconscious/unconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s habits, behavior and physical state to alter.
For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their sub-conscious mind retains this terror – thus preventing the patient from succeeding.
Progress can only be made by re-programming the subconscious / unconscious landscape of the mind so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are challenged, abolished, dissolved, altered or even re-routed to something healthier.
Benefits of Hypnosis
Hypnosis can help to treat addictions
It can help you to lose weight and keep it off
Helps to manage chronic pain
Relieve and reduce stress
Helps you to deal with childhood issues and traumas
Promotes a deep relaxation
Guides you to change your behavior
Hypnosis is used to recover buried memories
Hypnosis helps you in moments of depression and anxiety