Through hypnosis, Hastings Hypnotherapy can provide you with the means to remove the negative feelings and beliefs which are affecting you during your everyday life. Hypnotherapy is a safe and pleasant practice and you remain in control throughout the entire time that you are under hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy has proven to be of value in treating a wide range of conditions however, there is no magic solution to resolving the condition. Therefore it is important to understand that hypnotherapy requires the client to be committed to changing the specific issue being treated and to be prepared to put in the effort needed to make that change a reality. You cannot be forced to do anything against your will and it is not possible for the Hypnotherapist to take control of your mind. You can however, improve your self-image, change negative emotions into positive behaviour, learn self-acceptance, self respect and increase your confidence. It is of proven value in the treatment of a variety of conditions such as addiction, fears, phobias, confidence building, stress, panic attacks and many, many more.
Hypnotherapy is regularly used to improve performance activity for drama, sport, music, exams, presentations and business skills. Health related conditions such as asthma, arthritis, cancer treatments, weight loss, pain control, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and skin conditions can be made more manageable through the use of hypnosis relaxation techniques. By entering into a hypnotic trance the subconconscious mind becomes much more accessible. It is this part of the mind where all of the information that is not needed on a day-to-day basis is stored. Memories, learned behaviour, life experiences and behaviour patterns are stored here. Fears and phobias are as a response to some incident or event (which may or may not have been traumatic) that occurred in the past and is now stored in the subconscious part of the mind. It is here that the learned response then manifests itself and although the person may know that this situation is of no serious threat to them, they continue to act and react in what they deem to be a negative manner.
The ever growing popularity of stage hypnotists and their so called ability to control the mind of another, has led to concern that people can become stuck in hypnosis. Whilst the stage hypnotist creates the illusion of possessing mysterious abilities to create amnesia, hallucinations and mind altering skills, the person actually taking part in the demonstration is most likely to be very much aware of what is happening and be willing to go along with the hypnotists suggestions and follow their instructions as part of the act. After all the stage hypnotist is there to put on a show and entertain the audience. Therefore, it is important to remember that hypnosis does not allow for messages to be inserted into someone’s mind unless they want them to be.
Suggestion is a very powerful tool for any hypnotist to possess and when used properly can produce some very effective change for those individuals wanting to change unwanted behaviour or responses to certain situations. In the hypnotic state, the mind becomes very open to suggestion making that change much more likely. During hypnosis the client remains awake but because of the deep relaxed state, they are able to concentrate intensely on an image, yet remain detached from that image. This is evident during the calm, controlled, recalling of situations that during the normal waking state would normally terrify the individual, causing them to respond and react in a negative manner.
You will be able to recall events from the past in great detail, even though you may not have given any previous thought to that event for many, many years. During hypnosis it is the heightened focus and concentration on the specific memory or event that allows you to recall the information, by blocking out other distractions. This enables you to accept the behaviour-changing suggestions put forward by your hypnotherapist to help you accept or believe that you are no longer frightened or concerned about the issue that had previously been blocking you. This can then lead to a permanent change in your attitude, behaviour and approach, when you next encounter this stumbling block.
Most people are able to be hypnotised, should they wish to be, by being open and receiving of the hypnotic process. The depth of hypnosis will vary from person to person, however any depth of hypnosis can produce effective, therapeutic change and combined with positive suggestion has the potential to bring out immediate responses.