What is Hypnosis
The term “hypnosis” comes from the Greek word Hypnos meaning ‘sleep’. Hypnotherapists use methods that bring about deep relaxation or an altered state of awareness, this is not the same as sleep although the eyes do tend to be closed. There is no form of unconsciousness involved with hypnosis, you are in control, aware of your surroundings and can leave the hypnotic state whenever you choose to.
A person in a deeply focused state of hypnosis is open to a positive suggestion for change, but this does not mean that a hypnotherapist can control the person’s mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness.
How does hypnotherapy work?
It alters our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand side is made more alert. The subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind and with this part awoken it can alter behaviour and physical states. For example you may consciously want to overcome your fear of snakes and try everything consciously but will still fail as long as your subconscious mind retains this terror preventing success. Progress can only be made by reprogramming the subconscious so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are abolished or altered.
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