What is Hypnotherapy and How Does it Differ From Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy is the theraputic use of the hypnosis state.
Hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind. When under hypnosis you will feel very relaxed, just like that wonderful feeling when you are tired lying in your bed and you are so overcome with comfort that you wish the moment could last forever. Through simple hypnotic, relaxation techniques you can easily attain this state at which time it becomes easy, with the help of a trained hypnotherapist, to visualise yourself becoming healthier, happier, more confident, a non-smoker. Whatever it is that you want to be!
Many people claim that they have never been hypnotised, but they do admit to having drifted off while thinking about a loved one, forgetting large chunks of a car journey (commonly known as highway hypnosis), or 'going somewhere else' while reading a book. These are all examples of natural trance states. One of the great things about hypnosis is that in the hands of a reputable practitioner it is harmless and produces no damaging side effects, while providing positive therapeutic benefits.
Being in the hypnotic state is total self awareness, it passes your critical mind and allows you to focus on your subconcious to gain answers that your body knows but we have a hard time connecting to in our concious state. It is a hyper-awareness altered state which allows a change in our belief systems at a subconcious level. All children under 5 are naturally in this state and we call them "little sponges", that is how easy it is.
What Does Hypnotherapy Involve?
Hypnotherapy is a two way process between the therapist and the client, a professional partnership. A person cannot be hypnotised unless he or she agrees and co-operates - this cannot be stressed enough. Also while hypnotised, nobody can make you do anything which you do not want to do. Even those people on television eating raw onions and pretending to be Madonna are doing it because they want to! They have chosen to participate. It must be emphasised here that what hypnotherapists do is, by definition, therapeutic. Stage hypnosis is very different. It is a form of entertainment.
A Hypnotherapist's Job is to Help People
The first stage of a hypnotherapy consultation will generally involve an informal chat and some questions from the therapist to ascertain the nature of the issue and the necessary route to overcoming or dealing with it. The next stage is hypnosis.
You are led, by means of the hypnotherapist's gently guiding voice, into a state where your body and mind are relaxed and nearly asleep. To an onlooker it might seem as if you were totally asleep but in fact, though you will normally feel very relaxed, you will remain awake enough to be aware. Also awake will be those parts of your mind which the therapist is working with to induce beneficial changes. This may mean that you will be picturing, as in a daydream, the things which are being spoken of and that you may experience the associated pleasant feelings.
REMEMBER that if at any time you feel uncomfortable and want to terminate the session, then you will be perfectly capable of doing so.
After this there is always time left at the end of the session for you to ask questions or to discuss any experiences you had while you were in the relaxed, hypnotic state.
Hopefully one day we will do away with the strange and mystical stereotype of the hypnotherapist once and for all. The magic is all in the mind of the person receiving hypnotherapy.
The hypnotist merely helps you to use that incredible hidden power to achieve things in your life such as stopping smoking, losing weight, cutting down on stress, gaining in confidence and happiness, even excelling at your chosen sport.
Hypnotherapy is really about transforming your life. We create our reality with our thoughts, most often these thoughts are created in our childhood, before we developed a "filter" (critical mind).
It is time to challenge those beliefs and let go....
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Rita Trott, CHM, C.ht
Certified Hypnotherapist serving
Kelowna, Vernon, West Kelowna,
Peachland, Summerland, Pentiction