Is stage hypnosis an accurate perception of hypnosis?
Some of you may have seen stage hypnosis, for entertainment purposes, either live or on TV. It often involves people being ‘randomly’ selected from an audience and then being hypnotised and possibly doing something that is very humorous! Whilst the principle of hypnosis is exactly the same, it is worth baring in mind the following;
To select a person randomly from an audience is not recommended, as the willing candidate may have health issues that would not work well with hypnosis. I can only assume that prior to putting themselves forward for selection, the audience have been asked to complete a medical questionnaire, similar to that which I ask my clients to complete, prior to visiting me. There are very few health problems that would not be compatible with being hypnotised, however it is imperative that the therapist knows about them. Should anyone present with any of these, they would be advised not to put themselves forward for hypnosis.
Also…..and this is important to remember…those who offer themselves for this type of thing, are people who are willing to do as they are directed by the Hypnotist. Nobody can make anyone do anything that their subconscious mind does not want to do. So, basically if you are someone who would not be comfortable walking around like a chicken or pretending that you are a member of aristocracy, then you will not be persuaded to do this, by anyone! It is worth always recognising that you are in complete control and will only do what your subconscious mind is comfortable doing.
When might hypnotherapy be useful?
Hypnotherapy is widely endorsed as a treatment for numerous issues, including habit breaking, fears, phobias, addictions, compulsions, stress-related issues and for a range of long-term conditions. In recent years it has been gaining esteem in the medical world, after a recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised hypnotherapy as a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Often it is the case now that GP's and other medical professionals suggest Hypnotherapy to their patients to either compliment or enhance traditional medicine and treatments.
While more concrete evidence is needed to support the use of hypnosis, as an alternative to conventional medicine, many have found the process has been incredibly effective, either when used in tandem with traditional treatment or when used independently after other avenues have been exhausted.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is like day dreaming. When we use our imagination we are in hypnosis and it’s a natural part of our everyday
lives. Have you ever driven a familiar route, perhaps one that you travel daily, yet when you arrive at your destination you cant remember passing certain places or points? You would have been in a slightly altered state of consciousness. However, you would still have been able to react in an emergency, should you have needed to. Another scenario is a child in a classroom, who may be gazing out of the window or seemingly into space….they too are in an altered state of consciousness. Children are often in this ‘daydream’ type of awareness when they play….which enables them to really become the characters that they may be pretending to be.
How does hypnotherapy differ from other therapies?
The Hypnotherapist opens the door to the subconscious mind directly, so the root of the problem can be easily pin pointed, creating a fast-track to the subconscious emotional trigger.
Hypnotherapy can take hours. Conventional therapy can take years.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, providing you are willing and there are no health contraindications.
Can hypnotherapy help me in my business, sports or social life?
Yes! Hypnosis removes the emotional obstacles that often prevents people from achieving their potential.
How many sessions will I need?
Usually only 4 sessions are required to bring about a lasting and positive change, although some deep rooted problems may require 4 or more sessions.