Have you ever wondered whether all the experiences in your lifetime get lost into nothingness? Have you ever paused to consider the possibility that a portion of your vast mind might be constantly in activity absorbing every detail of our life without any conscious awareness?
It is this subconscious that hypnotherapy works on while exploring within you. It deals with unravelling the fears and experiences integrated in the layers of our subconscious and altering the way they affect our behaviour. Hypnotherapy is a trance state in which one achieves a focused awareness or positive approach to create room for self-improvement.
It may seem like a scene from a fiction movie where a hypnotist swings a pocket watch in front your eyes and puts your worries to sleep. But very few of us are aware that hypnotherapy is indeed becoming a reality that is attracting the attention of individuals seeking this therapy for themselves.
Hypnotherapy deals with putting yourself in a relaxed yet hyperaware state which enables the mind to accept suggestions. It opens the doors to corridors that your brain has put locks on and which influence the way you deal with life. Nowadays an increasing number of individuals are opting for this therapy to deal with problems like anxiety, smoking, addictions and physical pain.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a procedure whereby the subject is put into a trance state and then made to follow suggestions that can alter thoughts, perceptions, sensations and behaviour. Hypnosis is induced by many ways, more commonly by asking to concentrate on an object or point. Then once your mind enters a reverie-like state, the therapist makes suggestions to alleviate your problem. Significant reduction or removal of symptoms can be achieved by a few regular sessions and over time the therapist can even train you to perform your own hypnotherapy at home.
How does hypnotherapy work?
Our mind can be divided into two mental states; conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind deals with rational thinking and observation that we are aware of while the subconscious stores our life’s experiences, emotions and our core beliefs and habits that have evolved out of those experiences.
Through hypnotherapy we suppress the influences of the conscious mind and alter the state in which that our subconscious shows hesitancy to a certain situation. The reason that hypnosis works is that all physical or mental behaviours can be traced back to nerve transmission in the brain. These nerve pathways can be altered by suggestion when the brain is in an alpha or theta brain wave state that lies on the borderline between waking and sleeping. The healing patterns dictated by hypnotherapy are established by achieving these states. The reason why treated individuals do not revert back to their old ways after this therapy is that it functions independent of will power.
Are you an ideal candidate for hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy involves the ability of the client to enter a state of transfixion. Those of you who are more prone to maintaining concentration during day dreaming and effectively enter a state of oblivion during their reverie can benefit more from hypnosis.
Individuals who are imaginative by nature can also prove useful to hypnotherapists for this procedure. Another reliable measure could be your ability to do a task like sitting in front of the computer screen and loosing track of time.
Around 90% of the population can be hypnotisable only to a certain extent which depends on individual personalities rather than on the therapist’s skills. This ability is a characteristic measured on a scientific scale and remains constant throughout your lifetime. Patients suffering from depression or those who show signs of entering a depressive state during their first hypnotic session are strongly advised to abstain from engaging in hypnotherapy.
Myths about hypnosis
Hypnotherapy has developed a bad reputation amongst the masses because it is popular belief that it can enable people to run free from conscious inhibitions and indulge in tasks that may be morally unjustified. These myths have however been proven false. A person maintains total awareness of his surroundings and dictates whether he wishes to accept the suggestions being delivered by the therapist as he is going to integrate only what the subconscious mind has deemed acceptable. A reputable therapist will always negotiate the suggestion before starting the hypnosis session.
Limitations of hypnotherapy
It should however be noted that hypnotherapy is a form of alternative medicine. A therapist cannot diagnose or treat a medical condition. They can however be used as a combination therapy alongside medical treatment to soothe the pain of chemotherapy, surgery or childbirth by reducing and altering the sensations invoked by the pain stimuli. It has also been used to augment psychotherapy and psychiatric treatment. Hypnosis for weight loss has been successful in helping the individuals fight the food cravings and increasing the drive for exercising. Chronic smokers have exhibited remarkable results by utilizing hypnotherapy to fight the cravings and stop smoking altogether. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool if a skilled hypnotherapist knows how to steer it in the right direction.
If you’re interested in using hypnotherapy for weight loss, to stop smoking, reduction of anxiety and phobias or for the treatment of traumatic memories, Australia Counselling links you with professsional counsellors that offer hypnosis. Visit our hypnotherapy page to search for a counsellor or psychologist that offers hypnosis in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane or country areas of Australia.