Hypnotherapy has had many stereotypes over the years but gone are the days that it was considered ‘hip’ or even entertaining. Hypnotherapy is classified as a ‘CAM’ therapy (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and is a recognised treatment to work alongside and instead of traditional routes of medicine. But how does it work?
Our minds are incredibly powerful and the link between our thoughts and our physical body is undeniable. Our conscious mind can only focus on a few things at any given moment in time, but our subconscious is much, much bigger and is constantly processing the world around us and storing information away.
Hypnotherapy works with your subconscious mind to help overcome unwanted habits, behaviours, emotional and physical responses that have been stored throughout your life, whether wanted or not.
What does it feel like?
If you’ve ever found yourself drifting off mid-conversation or getting lost in a movie or a good book then you have experienced a state of mind like hypnosis. It is a comfortable state where the mind relaxes, similar to daydreaming where you remain aware of what is going on around you yet completely at ease, undisturbed by background noise.
Hypnotherapy is not magic or entertainment. There are no swinging clock-watches and contrary to popular belief I can’t make you do anything against your will. During the session you remain totally in control, conscious and able to talk and recall the whole process.
Hypnotherapy can treat many things that most of us would love to change; increase your self confidence and self-esteem; manage stress; overcome phobias and anxiety; control your weight and curb cravings; sports performance and exercise goals; banish nerves and much more. It works because you are altering behaviours held deep within, the things we do without thinking or planning just like, walking, driving and talking.