How Hypnosis Works
Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes referred to as a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored, as the person chooses. In this naturally occurring state, a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained hypnotist -- on specific thoughts or tasks.
What are the Benefits of Hypnosis?
Have you ever tried to break a bad habit — then kept on doing it? Ever had feelings that you didn't understand? Things were OK logically, but you still felt nervous or angry or afraid? Maybe you experienced some kind of compulsion, and you just couldn't change the way you felt or reacted?
In many cases, we don't know why we do what we do -- or we do know but we can't control it. This is because the source of the problem is below the conscious level. That's why the problem is so difficult to solve with just talk or tricks or willpower. Hypnosis enables you to work directly in the areas where those feelings and habits come from.
Solving a problem with hypnosis is sort of like being on the second floor of a house, and you can hear a TV on the first floor that's tuned to a show you don't like. If you want to change the channel, you need to know how to get to the first floor where the remote for the TV is. Once you know how to get there, changing the channel is simple. But until you have access to it, it can be very difficult. Hypnosis gives you a level of control you haven't been able to access. (Otherwise the issue would have been resolved long ago, right?)
You have the ability to make the changes you desire, it is the job of the hypnotist to guide you, sort of like a coach.
Most clients achieve success for themselves, largely because they:
- Are ready to actively participate in getting their goal accomplished.
- Are ready to learn and change to achieve their outcome.
- Want a natural, drug-free solution to their issue(s).
Hypnosis may not be the right avenue, for people who:
- Want to passively have someone "fix" them.
- Are looking for a short-term boost rather than a long-term solution.
- Are "on the fence" about getting their problem resolved.
"When you're hypnotized, you can concentrate intensely. This can be used to improve your well being"
- The Mayo Clinic
Health Letter, 12/03
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