What is hypnotherapy and how does hypnotherapy work?
A great way to explain what is hypnotherapy is that there are two parts to our minds:
- The conscious mind, which we use to control our every day actions that require making a logical choice or decision.
- The subconscious part of our mind that accepts anything that is suggested to it regardless of what that information is.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to put someone into the relaxed state in order to access the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is what controls our feelings and emotions. Quite often the reason someone may turn to hypnotherapy (whether it is to stop smoking, lose weight, cure a phobia, improve relationships or increase confidence) is often linked to a deeply rooted emotion or incident that may have been long forgotten about. This reason is more than likely still buried in the subconscious mind.
Now you know what is hypnotherapy is, just how does hypnotherapy work?
When a hypnotherapist uses hypnosis, the client is put into a state of deep relaxation so that the hypnotherapist can make suggestions to the subconscious mind. This is necessary because if the suggestions were made to the conscious part of the mind, it might reject them. That is why the relaxed state is necessary for hypnotherapy to work.
This is usually achieved by the hypnotherapist using a calming voice and relaxing words to calm the client. The person who is being hypnotised is not asleep or unconscious.
So during the hypnotherapy session whilst in a state of deep relaxation, the hypnotherapist is able to communicate directly with the subconscious mind and embed new feelings or emotions. For instance ‘you love to exercise and eat healthily’ could be suggested to someone who would like to lose weight. Or they might suggest that ‘you are free from stress and love the smell of fresh air’ to someone who is trying to quit smoking.
Once you have a clearer understanding of just what hypnotherapy is, you will be able to see just how hypnotherapy works and the benefits of hypnotherapy.
It has been scientifically proven that hypnotherapy does work and is now seen by many people as a suitable alternative to pharmaceutical medicines and other traditional forms of medicine.