HYPNOTHERAPY AND HYPNOSIS FOR MANAGING STRESS & ANXIETY

Stress Management - Hypnotherapy - girl reclining during hypnosis sessionHypnotherapy – the treatment of any condition or illness using hypnosis – is an extremely effective way of dealing with stress and many other associated health conditions.

However, although hypnosis for weight loss and hypnotherapy to stop smoking are commonly used techniques, there remains a degree of apprehension about hypnosis. Here are some answers to the questions commonly asked about hypnosis.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural altered state of consciousness that enables a profound level of relaxation whilst the mind remains focused and aware. In this enjoyable and restful state, the subconscious mind becomes open to suggestions that enable the changes you desire for yourself to take place. 

Without realising it, we often put ourselves into a trance state on a daily basis. For example, whenever we undertake a boring or repetitive activity such as ironing, driving on the motorway or simply day-dreaming. We can safely allow ourselves to go into such a trance state because our subconscious mind remains alert to any dangers and will bring us out of our trance state should the need arise. 

Can anyone be hypnotized?

Anyone who is willing to be hypnotized can be.  Since we are all capable of putting ourselves in and out of mild trance states during repetitive or boring activities then you will have already proved to yourself that it is possible. 

Allowing a professional hypnotist to facilitate a therapeutic session with you is easily achievable – as long as your subconscious mind feels comfortable about allowing this to happen.  An introductory session can help your subconscious mind to feel comfortable and agreeable to participating in the hypnotic process. 

A hypnotherapist cannot force you to go into hypnotic state against your will.  It you wish to go into a trance state in order to achieve the change you desire, then you will do.  Hypnosis is in effect self hypnosis, since you are allowing yourself to go into a hypnotic state.

In this context, one of the techniques we advocate is Autogenics – a form of self hypnosis that is extremely effective in allowing the mind and body to rest and recuperate.

How do you put someone into a hypnotic state?

There are a variety of ways in which a person can be hypnotised.  Soothing words, mental imagery, the repetitive movements of watching an object swinging backwards and forwards or gentle rocking movements can all help to induce an enjoyable and relaxing trance state.

How can I tell if I am hypnotised?

Hypnosis is very similar to day dreaming, so you are likely to experience a relaxing dreamy feeling when you are in a hypnotic state.  The experience of hypnosis can vary from one person to another but generally all experiences are positive and relaxing.  Some of the feelings or observations that you may notice include:

  • Physical relaxation – muscles of the body feel relaxed and tensions ease away
  • Mental relaxation – you feel calmer
  • Feeling drowsy
  • Eyelids feel heavy
  • Facial and jaw muscle feel relaxed
  • Heavy or lightness of the body or parts of the body
  • Tummy rumbling or other physiological sensations
  • Awareness of different emotions
  • Colors or images floating through your mind

Will I be asleep during hypnosis?

Even though you may be in a deeply relaxed state, you will still be aware of everything around you.  This may make you think that you are not in a trance state. 

However, in your relaxed trance state, you will be able to hear everything that is going on around you: you will hear the voice of your hypnotherapist, any sounds in the building or outside in the street.  You will even be able to communicate with your hypnotherapist and respond to him/her as and when required. 

The depth of relaxation depends entirely upon the individual as to how much they wish to enter into the hypnotic state.  Some people are able to achieve a deep hypnotic state very quickly and easily – particularly those who already have some experience of other therapies like yoga and meditation.

It is not essential that you go into a deep state of hypnosis as long as you are willing to allow the process of hypnosis to take place.  

During hypnosis you will simply feel that you are relaxing in a really comfortable place with your eyes closed.  When you come out of your hypnotic state you will feel awake, refreshed and revitalised – as if you have had a good night’s sleep!

Do I have to give up control when I am hypnotized?

No one can be induced to do anything they don’t want to during a session of hypnosis.  You will remain in control at all times and if you wish to get up and end the session at any time you will be able to do so. 

One of the interesting facts about hypnosis is that during a trance state a person has greater awareness and control of their mind and body than they do in their normal conscious state.

What about those tv shows that make people do things they wouldn’t normally do?

Anyone who agrees to take part in such a show is already subconsciously agreeing to the unknown expectations.  For some participants, the experience enables them to become the focus of attention and gain benefits that their subconscious mind may wish to enjoy. 

For example, an introverted person may subconsciously wish to become an extrovert; taking part in a stage show can provide them with this opportunity.  In allowing themselves to become hypnotised, the participants are in effect handing the responsibility for their behaviour over to the hypnotist. 

Can I get stuck in hypnosis and not wake up?

Hypnosis is a natural and normal state of mind and people are therefore able to go in and out of trance states without any problems.

If a person were to go into a really deep state of trance, then they may choose to remain there for a while because it felt so good.  However, they would then drift into a natural sleep state and wake themselves up naturally

Your hypnotherapist will bring you out of your trance state using tried and tested techniques and will ensure that you are feeling alert and wide awake before you leave. 

Even in the worst scenario and your hypnotherapist left the room and forgot to come back, you would simply be able to wake yourself up on your own.

Will I remember what happened during my hypnosis session?

It is important to remember that in our day to day lives it is unlikely that we will remember everything that happens during a period of one hour, so it is unlikely that we will recall everything that happened during your hypnosis session.  

However, most people will remember the majority of what happened although, if they were in a deeply relaxed state, then there are things that they may consciously forget.  If your subconscious mind thinks it is important that you remember something then you will remember it and vice versa.

How long does a hypnotherapy session last?

A hypnotherapy session usually lasts up toy 60 minutes – although initial sessions, where a full medical history is also taken, can last up to 90 minutes

How many hypnosis sessions will I need to have?

The number of sessions and their frequency will depend upon the type of problem and the progress you are making.  For minor problems, one session may be enough to bring about the necessary results.  However, in most cases, anything from 3 to 10 sessions may be required. 

As part of your therapeutic sessions, we like to provide our clients with useful self help techniques that can enable them to be more self sufficient for future life challenges.  Clients can therefore choose to learn self hypnosis or undertake one of our courses in the powerful self help technique, Autogenics.

How quickly can I expect to see results?

The speed with which you can expect results will depend upon your level of motivation and commitment.  If you are not totally committed and not prepared to work at achieving your goals, then it is pointless you taking a course of hypnosis.  You are better saving your money until such time that you are ready to start moving forward and making the commitment for a change in your life.

Can hypnotherapy help me with my own particular problem?

Hypnotherapy - Stress Management Centre - girl with stress holding her headHypnotherapy can be used to help people with a wide range of problems.  For anyone wanting to make a positive change in their life, then hypnotherapy can be an effective way to achieve this.

For example, hypnotherapy can be used successfully to help with:

  • Overcoming the effects of stress
  • Addictions: breaking unwanted habits: smoking, alcohol dependence, weight gain due to over consumption of unhealthy foods, nail biting, compulsive disorders etc…….
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Fears and phobias eg. fear of public speaking, performance anxieties, fear of animals, social phobias, fear of flying, fear of dental procedures etc..
  • Exam and Interview preparation
  • Confidence building
  • Relaxation
  • Improving sports performance
  • Infertility and preparation for childbirth
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Stress related conditions such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome
  • High blood pressure
  • Improving concentration and memory

Plus many other problems …..

Does Hypnosis really work?

The effectiveness of hypnosis in helping people to make a powerful change in their lives has been well documented by doctors and other health professionals.  As long as people are motivated and committed to achieving their goals, then hypnosis will be able to help them.

Complementary treatments

Can I still use hypnosis if I am taking medication or other treatment from my medical doctor?

You should seek the advice of your medical doctor before undertaking any other treatment.  In most cases hypnosis can complement conventional medical treatment and you may find that, over time, you will need less of it.  However, any reduction of medication should be done in consultation with your medical doctor.

Homeopathic medicine and flower remedies.

As part of our therapeutic facilities we are also able to offer our clients homeopathic medicine or flower remedies to complement their hypnosis sessions.  Homeopathic medicine and flower remedies can provide additional support for clients suffering from anxiety or panic attacks as well as a range of emotional and physiological health problems.

Our Consulting Practice covers Southwest London: SW13, SW14, SW15:  Barnes, Kew, Mortlake, Putney, Richmond upon Thames, Sheen and Twickenham. 

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