Hypnotherapy or therapeutic hypnosis is a means of bringing about new or modified behaviour patterns, thoughts and responses and treating psychosomatic disorders by inducing a hypnotic state in the patient.
In this condition of profoundly deep relaxation it is possible to tap into the vast resources of the subconscious; the part of the human mind where the emotions are seated and which is responsible for the body’s autonomic responses such as respiration and the healing process. Therefore, hypnotherapy can be used in the treatment of stress, insomnia, phobias and sexual problems. It can be used as an effective tool in pain management, smoking cessation and weight loss. The British Psychological Society have stated that hypnosis is a proven therapeutic medium.
Hypnotherapy can be traced back some 6000 years. It was used for health reasons in ancient Egypt and Greece, but was not investigated scientifically until the late 18th century when Austrian physician Franz Mesmer began placing his patients in a trance-like state to treat their nervous disorders. Unfortunately his methods were not accepted into medical orthodoxy until nearly 200 years later. The British Medical Association gave its seal of approval to hypnotherapy in 1955.
The hypnotherapist you choose will hold a consultation with you to determine the exact nature of your problem, and to build trust and rapport with you. How hypnosis works and what you will experience will be fully explained. If you choose to continue you will be put into a deeply calm state by techniques such as bodily relaxation and focusing on your breathing. You will still be aware of everything around you and remain in total control.
Clients have reported that they have thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing, soothing sessions and that they have experienced long term positive benefits.
It will be possible to find a fully qualified hypnotherapist in your area by checking out the various hypnotherapy websites as listed below.
Some of the main associations in the UK are The Hypnotherapy Association, The National Council for Hypnotherapy and The British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis.