Hypnosis, or trance, is an altered state of awareness that we go in and out of naturally, throughout the day. It is simply a state of focused attention and feels very much like day dreaming. Ever had the experience of driving down the motor way, you haven’t hit anything but really can’t remember the last few junctions? Or getting so engrossed in a book or a film that you don’t notice someone walking into the room? Welcome to the naturally occurring state of trance!
This natural state is utilised in hypnotherapy, where the analytical and rationalising mind can be bypassed, allowing the mind to focus on and become much more receptive to beneficial suggestions and change. You will remain completely in control, in the same way as you would if someone cut in front of you on the motorway, or shouted your name as you were reading your book.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to – your subconscious mind will simply reject any suggestion that is not in your best interests. Contrary to the image portrayed in films, books and the media, Hypnotherapy does not involve the therapist taking control of your mind – no one can Hypnotise you against your will. It is not something that I do to you, but rather something that you allow yourself to experience.
Hypnotherapy is a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable experience. Clients often comment about how “ordinary” it feels. As in day dreaming, you can often hear everything that is being said whilst in a deeply relaxed state. In fact, you could think of it as guided, therapeutic form of daydreaming, with the benefit of helping you to achieve your preferred future and true potential.