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Beginner’s Guide To Understanding Hypnosis

Hypnosis achieves great results; it also receives some inaccurate press! Over my next few blog posts I’m going to be explaining what Hypnosis is, what it isn’t, how and why it’s so effective and we’ll look at how it works specifically on popular challenges such as smoking cessation and weight loss…

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Why do people visit a Hypnotherapist? It could be because they want fast and effective results to deal with a number of challenges: stress & anxiety, depression, panic attacks, fears, phobias, addictions, bad habits, weight issues, sexual challenges, poor performance, smoking, lack of confidence. It might also be that they want to improve their performance – in sports, study or a hobby … ah, the list just goes on and on!

But what actually is Hypnosis? It’s an incredibly powerful tool for empowering someone to make quick and lasting changes to their thinking, behaviour and habits. It works by inducing a naturally occurring altered state of mind – you know how sometimes you daydream or perhaps get engrossed and lost in a book or a film and for a while there lose total awareness of anything outside of that? A Hypnotic state is similar; your mind and body reach an incredibly relaxed state where all conscious resistance dissolves temporarily and the unconscious mind becomes open and willing to accept positive suggestions for change. It feels different for everyone, however the common denominators are that Hypnosis will never make you do anything against your will and you remain totally in control throughout.

Let’s consider how it works. The brain is composed of billions of neurons, or nerve cells. Every time we perform a different behaviour – from simply opening our eyes through to incredibly complex tasks – each neuron links up with other neurons in different patterns creating neural pathways. These pathways become embedded in the unconscious mind and form habits which we quickly become able to do without conscious thought. For instance, when you get into your car you don’t consciously think about what you’re doing step by step, do you? You’re not thinking “Turn key, clutch in, engage first gear, clutch up, accelerator on, handbrake off” are you? You just belt up and go and the thoughts consuming your mind are probably of your route or your day ahead or of what music you want to listen to on your journey. The habit has become something you do unconsciously.

The connection between the brain and the body is like an electro-chemical communication system and the nervous system acts as a transmitter. Every cell of every organ, muscle and nerve is influenced by the brain, which in turn behaves like a computer – influenced by what is input. You could think of Hypnosis as the skilled operator doing the input. That same skilled operator will guide the brain’s electrical activity – brain waves – to an increasingly relaxed and receptive pace and will then begin to give the unconscious mind instructions to change the patterns of the neural pathways, creating new ways of thinking and behaviour for the future. It’s really that simple.

Hopefully I’m making sense to you so far; isn’t it great to know that there’s an effective solution for the types of challenges faced by so many people?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be debunking the myths around Hypnosis and we’ll take a look at how Hypnosis works specifically with popular challenges such as smoking cessation and weight loss. We’ll also take an in-depth look at the unconscious mind and how it operates, so watch this space! Of course if you’re champing at the bit for more information, do speak with me on +44 (0) 7932 060360 in the meantime!

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