Hypnotherapy Questions & Answers

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind characterised by an extraordinary state of relaxation (physically, mentally and emotionally) by a heightened awareness and focus, and by an open responsiveness to suggestion. Hypnosis is a perfectly normal, natural state of mind that everyone is in every day of their lives.  When you become engrossed in a book, television programme or daydream, you are in this same state of mind. Your awareness is highly focused to the exclusion of all else.  This relaxed  highly focused state of mind generates the brainwave state known as alpha state.  When you fall asleep at night, alpha is the state of mind you are in right before you fall asleep.  You can also be in a deep state of alpha right after you fall asleep before you drift down into the theta brainwave state - the state of mind where sleep occurs. Alpha is also the state of mind most associated with hypnosis.

When you relax into an alpha state of mind, the subconscious mind comes to the forefront and the conscious mind takes a backseat, allowing the subconscious mind to become open to suggestion.  Where the conscious mind is the critical and analytical part of the mind,the subconscious mind is highly suggestible.

The subconscious never needs sleep and records everything the five senses has awareness of.  It stores all memories and records all your thoughts and feelings (from which your belief systems and patterns of behaviour arise).  Your subconscious carries out your behaviour  patterns that are habit as well as carrying out all the involuntary functions of the body. When the subconscious comes to the forefront of the mind during hypnosis, old belief systems and patterns of behaviour can be changed and replaced by new, more beneficial belief systems, but in order for hypnosis to be successful, a powerful desire for change must be present.

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool. Hypnotherapy deals with problems at the subconscious level when a client is unable to solve a problem at the conscious level. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat addictions; overcome phobias; relieve stress and help clients achieve positive attitudes about themselves.

What does it feel like to become hypnotised?

Well it feels wonderful of course. It is like being in a pleasant daydreaming state, or like that wonderful deep relaxation you feel right before dropping off to sleep.

Is it safe?

Hypnosis is completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. Hypnosis is not sleep, nor can you get “stuck” in a state of hypnosis. You can’t be made to do something against your will! Hypnosis is a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience.

Kim Holloway
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