YOUR PERSONALITY CREATES YOUR PERSONAL REALITY. CHANGE HOW YOU THINK, FEEL AND ACT AND YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
The amazing thing about hypnotherapy is that big part of it involves relaxation. Relaxation stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the "Rest and Digest" nervous system, responsible for digestion, immunity and creative thinking. When our parasympathetic nervous system is predominant it means that sympathetic nervous system, system responsible for "Fight or Flight" response is tuned down. Feeling relaxed is a good place to start. The advantage of hypnotherapy over similar therapies is that thanks to relaxation clients are able to bypass their critical thinking - the part that often finds 77 excuses and prevents us from acquiring new patterns of thinking and new patterns of behaving. With this obstacle down, clients are able to narrow their focus on the specific problem. With therapist’s guidance clients open them selves to new perspectives, new possibilities and new more beneficial convictions about themselves.
Clients are not asleep during the therapy session they are relaxed and aware of what the therapist is saying and what they are saying back to the therapist.
HYPNOTHERAPY is a therapeutic approach where a Hypnotherapist uses hypnosis for therapeutic purposes to help clients to deal with a variety of conditions and problems ranging from emotional to psychological to physical. It can also be used for revisiting past experiences which due to their strong emotional charge can still impact our lives. Furthermore, it can be used to enhance performance, focus, concentration, interview skills, and public speaking, and when practiced regularly it can even help to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. So you can think of it as a natural beauty enhancer. Wink wink.
HYPNOSIS is that wonderfully relaxed state in-between waking state and the sleep state. It is a natural state occurring a number of times a day, for instance, when we are waking up, just before we drift off to sleep, when we do something on autopilot such as driving the same well-known route or when we are fully focused on the movie or a book that we lose sense of what is happening around us. In the hypnotherapeutic context, hypnotic state is evoked with the guidance of a hypnotherapist.
A HYPNOTHERAPIST can be understood as a guide or a coach guiding the client into an unconscious state and facilitating communication between the client's unconscious mind. A hypnotherapist helps clients in setting the right goals, goals which are achievable, measurable, specific and realistic. If for instance somebody asked the therapist to help them to be happy all the time that is not considered an achievable goal. No-one can be happy all the time. The therapist collaborates with client on making such goals realistic and achievable. However it is the client that chooses the direction and it is the client who chooses his/hers level of commitment to get to the chosen goal. This is actually very empowering for clients as sometimes for the first time in their lives clients realise they can shape their own paths.
MYTHS RELATED TO HYPNOTHERAPY Some people might have misconceptions about hypnotherapy based on stage hypnosis they might have seen in TV. Stage hypnosis is there for entertainment which means the stage hypnotist will predetermine the most suggestible individuals prior to the show, to guarantee the success of their show. Imagine a show where people on the stage are not responding well to the hypnotist, that wouldn't be much of a show would it? Hypnotherapists cannot make their client do anything against their will, if people on the stage follow the hypnotists instructions and start clucking like a chicken it is because they are willing to do it. Waking up from hypnosis is much like waking up in the morning, it can take a while for some people or it can be very quick. But your therapist ensures that you are fully awake before you leave the therapy room.