A good friend of mine requested a hypnotherapy treatment: strong, unwanted emotions were tearing into her well being and family relations.
“Is hypnosis safe? Isn’t it harmful for your health and mental state? Is it ok to have a few hypnotherapy sessions?” she asked, like so many clients, before treatment.
So I resolved to pull down the veil and bring some light and clarity to a misty subject.
What is Hypnosis?
Paul McKenna, one of the most famous British hypnotherapists, equates our human mind with a computer. Like the computer which is re-programmable, our minds can elicit destructive and unhelpful thought processes or behaviour. Our minds are able to change their focus and engineer new, and greater outcomes.
Hypnosis is a mighty tool for re-wiring the conscious mind. Such is its power, that it can align the conscious and the sub conscious. As a deep relaxation form, hypnosis involves the fixation of attention and engages the imaginative spectrum of the mind.
It is a form that allows the human being to elevate above our conscious mindset. Multiple perspectives become visible to us-the unconscious library section is open. It is a powerful technique for bringing out the best in us.
We human beings are actually hypnotised on a daily basis without often knowing it. I am not talking about silly, embarrassing actions like dog barking! The hypnotic trance-like state is similar to those few seconds before you fall asleep or the first seconds of waking up. You are not really asleep and not really awake. It is a dream like state where your conscious mind has not ignited the chatter between two ears yet. It also could feel like the fixation of reading a book; watching TV; staring upon stationary or moving subjects; following the road whilst driving; losing your sense of time and what’s going on around you.
The Foundation of Hypnosis
Delving into the archives of ancient history, we find that the trance like state has been known and used for thousands of years. In fact, from the study of primitive peoples’ healing and religious ceremonies, there exist the elements vital to place people into a hypnotic state. By rhythmic chanting, monotonous drum beats, together with strained fixation of the eyes, the village shaman or priest is able to induce catalepsy of the body for healing to take place.
Benefits of Hypnosis
According to a clinical hypnotherapist Wendi Friesen hypnosis can “gently release blocks and fears, and create a new inner belief that will set the wheels in motion to make changes in the way you think, feel and behave.”
The reason for hypnotherapy sessions is to implant new, powerful thoughts into your subconscious that will cause you to believe in your ability. Consequently your thoughts, feelings, actions, habits and successes will change.
Hypnosis is a relaxed, NATURAL state; there are no side effects to it, except letting go of stress, phobias, nervousness and unwanted habits. You are safe; it’s only a change, so with peace of mind and happiness gained, you can get on with your life.
By Irina Valentino, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Irina Valentino specialises in depression, anxiety, fear, phobias, panic attacks, addictions.
She practices from the Complementary Health Care Clinic in Norwich and Hoveton & Wroxham Medical Centre. Contact the Clinic in Norwich on 01603 665173. To book an appointment in Hoveton ring 07877141692.
Skype sessions are as benefitial as face to face meetings. Email a short description of your problem and your availability.
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