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When people first come for hypnotherapy they often don't quite know what to expect. There are so many different ideas about what hypnosis actually is that it can be really confusing, so let me set your mind at rest with a few basic facts about what it is... and what it isn't.
Hypnosis is a perfectly normal, naturally occurring state of being that everyone goes in and out of all the time, we just don't necessarily know we're doing it. We all pass through a hypnotic state at least twice a day, once when we wake up and once when we go back to sleep.
Whenever we day dream we go into light hypnosis, when we become engrossed in a good book or film - that's hypnosis, when we're driving along a familiar route and we suddenly find we've arrived without quite being aware of how, that's because we have slipped into a light hypnotic state. Basically our subconscious mind (where all of our memories and learned behaviours are stored) has been driving the car while our conscious mind is occupied with other things such as what we're having for dinner tonight or where we're planning on going for our next holiday. We're still in control of the car, it's just that our conscious thoughts are full of far more interesting things than concentrating on changing gear or turning our lights on - we still do these things, we just don't do them consciously - we leave them to our subconscious, which for the most part does them very well, after all we successfully arrive at our destination even if we are a little surprised at how quickly we seem to have got there.
To put it another way, hypnosis is a state of focused awareness and narrowed attention. We pay great attention to some things and virtually no attention to others, but we're still in control and we can still choose what suggestions we do or don't accept. Hypnosis is not mind control and you really can't force someone to do something in hypnosis that they wouldn't do normally. The reality of hypnosis might not be as exciting as it's portrayed on telly, but it's far more useful than most people realise.
Most people these days are aware that hypnotherapy can be used to stop smoking or to lose weight, but it can also be used to overcome fears and phobias, assist in managing IBS, addressing insomnia, reducing or eliminating many types of pain and even helping you to stop grinding your teeth! The possibilities are almost endless, so why not give me a call and arrange to come for a consultation. The only thing you have to lose are the things that are holding you back!
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