What is Hypnosis?
It is a relaxed state of awareness where your conscious mind is dampened down allowing your subconscious mind to play a more active part. It is not sleep. In fact the mind becomes more aware and focused, listening and feeling in a different (more positive) way.
In hypnosis two important things happen.
Firstly in hypnosis the brain frequencies slow down to a rate that they were running at when you were between the ages of 0 and 6 years of age. When the frequencies are running at this slower rate it enhances learning which means that new information can be absorbed more quickly and easily.
Secondly, our mind has a Gate Keeper the Conscious Critical Factor (CCF) it's a part of our conscious mind that examines, interprets and filters incoming ideas. When similar ideas are presented to the conscious mind they are accepted easily but when ideas are too different from what is already held they are rejected.
The Critical Factor is the gateway between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind and hypnosis works to bypass this gateway to reprogram the subconscious.
It's like the doorman of an exclusive club and if you want to get past him then you must either be on the "list" or sneak in.
The Critical Factor has the power to accept or reject suggestions from entering the subconscious mind. Hypnosis helps the subconscious accept new ideas that normally would be rejected.
Most importantly, the Critical Factor IS NOT present in young children. There is no gate between the subconscious and the conscious mind, leaving the mind wide open for receiving storage. Around 7 years of age the Critical Factor begins to form and by the age of 11 starts to close. So, as adults, most of us are walking around interpreting the world with the average awareness of a 7 year old. Whatever is learned by the age of 7 is a large part of who we become and how well we succeed in the world. So, in short, a 7 year old could be running your life. How well is your inner child doing for you?
How does Hypnosis feel?
Being in a state of hypnosis doesn’t feel that different to when you’re feeling totally relaxed. Time passes but you’re totally focused on the present. For example you enter natural states of trance several times a day, while driving (when you have driven several miles without recollection of the journey) and also when you become totally engrossed in something absorbing such as watching a film or reading a book. It’s a pleasant experience and nothing at all to worry about. Most people report feeling very relaxed and comfortable and may find their mind just wondering and this is a good thing. You just allow your mind to go where ever it wants to. There is essentially no right or wrong way to feel.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Yes, totally. That’s why it’s been accepted and approved by the British Medical Council since 1955. Hypnosis is merely tapping into your natural state of mind. You’re not separated from reality and you can bring yourself from a hypnotic state whenever you want to. The truth is that Hypnotherapy is the most time effective and long lasting means for making changes that you want to make in your life.
Anyone can be hypnotised, provided they are willing participants. It’s just not possible to hypnotise someone against their wishes. The ‘control’ misconception seems to originate from stage hypnosis. Contrary to what you see on stage shows, hypnosis is a consensual state. You are always in complete control the entire time and you will never do or say anything that is against your values.
What if I'm not easily suggestible ?
It makes no difference how suggestible you are as I use the more advanced techniques such as parts therapy and regression therefore I do not rely on suggestibility.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is simply the use of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique. It normally takes the form of a programme of treatment aimed at helping you overcome physical or mental barriers that are preventing you fully from enjoying your life. It achieves this by making subtle changes to the way you perceive the nature of your issue and how it affects you.
It is a relaxing process that generally produces extremely beneficial results. Provided you’re not expecting a quick ‘fix’ in a matter of minutes, there are no disadvantages.