Hypnosis is a natural state of mind an altered state of awareness that is an everyday occurrence. Being engrossed in a book or car journey having lost time and place and fluent typing are all natural ways in which the mind experiences trance. They all come from within. The role of the hypnotherapist is to guide a person into, deepen and access his or her own hypnotic state and the minds ability to heal the psyche and body.
The healing attributes of hypnosis are plentiful. When used for stress reduction the same brain mechanism are engaged as when practising meditation. The main stress hormones, cortisol, norepinephrine and adrenalin are lowered allowing the immune system to strengthen, reducing stress considerably. Most notably, hypnosis for surgery allows those with allergic reaction to anaesthetic to have a comfortable experience without the use of drugs.
However, in the main it is not so much the use of hypnosis but rather the minds ability to heal the body and psyche. The state can be described as deep meditative way of mind.
The use of hypnosis
Hypnosis is used as a communication and healing technique to achieve a direct understanding of patterns which have become ingrained in the unconscious mind that are inhibiting a person from living a full and desired life. From a healing perspective, hypnosis can be used for mind body communication to understand how a physical ailment has manifested from trauma and emotional distress. The unconscious mind acts much like a computer hard drive and is susceptible to programming, on occasions taking ideas and suggestions literally at an early age can result in a disrupted physiology and belief system.
What to expect from being in hypnosis
Everyone has at some time entered trance naturally. When experiencing trance through hypnosis some feel a profound feeling of relaxation while others who find it difficult to relax just feel very still inside. It can be very different for each person.
During hypnosis a person has conscious awareness at all times.
If you have never experienced hypnosis do not expect to feel hypnotised. Most people expect to feel unaware of their environment and themsleves. This is because most believe hypnosis to be something it is not due to how its been portrayed from stage hypnosis. There is full awareness throughout the session of surroundings and the voice of the therapist.
Anytime a person is able to terminate the session. Each individual has full control as the
feeling comes from within. A person will only accept ideas that are consistent with their beliefs, values and intention.
Consciousness never disappears in hypnosis. The conscious mind with agreement stands aside as an onlooker and can intervene whenever necessary.