Hypnosis is one of the oldest of all therapeutic techniques and was even practiced in Ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago.
In 1955, the British Medical Association (BMA) endorsed its practice in medical school education. Today, hypnotherapy has a fine body of evidence to support it. So much so, that even the NHS is now holding it in high regard.
Hypnosis itself is known as an ‘altered state of consciousness’ but, that isn’t as weird as it sounds, because you know how to go into an altered state of consciousness anyway and you do it all by yourself, several times a day.
Daydreaming is an altered state of consciousness; so to is meditation, as well as falling asleep and waking up in the morning.
However, you can also have trance-like states that are much more focussed and aware, such as driving your car or losing yourself in a really good book.
Hypnosis then, is a very natural and every-day occurrence. And, from a therapeutic point-of-view, a very nice thing happens to your mind whilst you are in that state.
In hypnosis your unconscious mind becomes very receptive to positive suggestions. Especially when those suggestions are tied to a goal you already know you want to achieve.
It helps to think of your unconscious mind as the database of everything you are. Everything you have ever learned, witnessed, seen, felt and done. All of your emotions, beliefs, skills, habits and responses, all stored as patterns of information in the unconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy, in the form of suggestions, images and metaphors, can layer in new information based on what you what to achieve.
Hypnotic suggestions can be given to help you stop smoking, quit drugs, be more confident, eat more healthily, control your panic and anxiety, help you manage you anger, improve your memory, cure insomnia and so much more.
The applications of it, and the things it can help you with are almost endless.
I’ve been in practice using hypnotherapy since 2003 and I am an accredited member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.