Here are 5 facts you want to know about Hypnotherapy!
Fact #1 – Hypnosis, translates from the Greek word ‘Hypnos’, meaning ‘to sleep’ and has been in use for thousands of years in many cultures. James Braid, a Scottish surgeon, is often regarded as the first genuine Hypnotherapist, who developed the technique further in the mid 19th century from what was previously know as mesmerism.
Fact #2 In hypnosis, your brain waves change from Beta, the normal waking state, to Alpha, which is the state you enter just before falling off to sleep.
Hypnosis is the natural progression of a trance like state that we enter into everyday. (Most of us can relate to watching a TV programme but having to rewind because we’ve not really been following it! That is simply a trance like state) You are not asleep in hypnosis, you’re actually in a heightened state of awareness, some people find they are unaware of what’s being said, others can hear every word, both are equally beneficial.
Fact #3 Hypnotherapy works because, when in a trance state, (as discussed in fact #2 yesterday!) we’re able to bypass the ‘guard at the gate’ between the conscious and unconscious minds. In effect we’re bypassing that analytical part of our minds and are therefore much more accepting of suggestion to help us achieve our goals.
Fact #4 There are very few people who can’t be hypnotised and that is because all hypnosis is in fact SELF hypnosis. You can only be led, or guided, in to deep relaxation if you’re willing to be, no one, not even a good therapist, can actually make you go there! A common myth is that only weak willed, unquestioning people can be hypnotised where as in reality the best subjects are imaginative, intelligent and self aware. Most of us have the ability to enter hypnosis if we chose to, so if you think ”no one could ever hypnotise me”, you’re actually hypnotising yourself!!
Fact #5. At present there is no one official hypnotherapy regulatory body for hypnotherapists; there are several, including The National Hypnotherapy Society and the General Hypnotherapy Register. I hope that in time, as Hypnotherapy becomes more recognised for the benefits it can bring, that it will be regulated more closely. But for the time being, do make sure that you check out any prospective therapists credentials. Don’t be afraid to ask them about their background and training, any therapist worth their salt will be happy to answer your queries and of course a personal recommendation is always a good starting point. If you’d like to know more about Hypnotherapy and how it can help you, do feel free to give me a call.