Our minds are like icebergs.
Hypnotherapy uses the subconscious to find the inner resources to make the necessary changes in your life.
Recognised by the British Medical Association, the American Medical
Association and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE),
hypnotherapy has proven to be a safe, effective alternative that can
alleviate a wide range of problems.
Hypnosis is NOT MInd Control, so what is it?
Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation. It is a natural state that we all go into several times a day without even realising it. For example, when driving a car and getting from A to B without even realising how you got there, or watching TV when you are so engrossed in what you are watching – you can still hear other things, but you are totally focused on what you’re watching. Far from being asleep or unaware,
hypnosis is a state in which you are both deeply relaxed yet have a heightened level of suggestibility as well as a focused awareness. It is because of this heightened state of mind that you can use hypnosis to make changes to your self beliefs, and patterns of thinking safely and naturally.
It is the subconscious part of the mind that has the most profound impact on who we are and who we ever hope to become. Within the subconscious mind resides our imagination, emotions, memories, habits, and our most deeply held beliefs about ourselves and what is possible for us.
It is these deeply held subconscious patterns and beliefs that drive our decisions and shape our lives. When we desire to make a lasting, positive change in our lives, it is these subconscious patterns that we must change.
Nobody can make you do anything you do not want to do. In hypnotherapy, the therapist guides the client into the state, however, the client is in complete control of their thoughts, and can break the state whenever they want to, or simply refuse to accept suggestions. Like, for example, on that car trip mentioned previously, if a child were to run in front of the car, the driver would instantly become focused on
the road, break the trance state and stop! That’s what it’s like in hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is a powerful vehicle through which we can tackle the obstructions in our subconscious and permanently banish them from our lives.
To better help YOU, I offer a holistic and individualized approach.
Hypnotherapy is a brief form of therapy. Most Clients require an average of 3-5 sessions on a weekly basis to manifest change.
Who is it for?
Hypnotherapy is for everyone! It can be used from young children to the very elderly, sportsmen and women to businessmen and women, doctors, teachers, parents, everyone can use this fantastic tool in their daily lives, for simple everyday issues ranging from stress to exam nerves to major issues such as phobias, addictions and neurosis.
What is the Subconscious mind and why is it important?
If you think of your mind like an iceberg (show picture) the tip of the iceberg is like your conscious mind – the part of your mind that you’re thinking with right now – and everything below that is your subconscious mind.
This part contains all the memories of everything you’ve ever done, seen, heard, felt and thought in your life. It controls your automatic behaviours – like how you feel when people say certain things to you, or how once you learn to read or write or ride a bike you can do it without even thinking about it. In the beginning, when you were learning to do these things you had to think about it with your
conscious mind – the part of the iceberg that sticks out of the sea. Hypnosis allows you to reprogram the subconscious mind the way that you want. In the state of hypnosis, you will only do things that you want to do.
Often events that happened in childhood can affect the way we think and behave throughout our lives, without us being aware of it. Through hypnosis, we can access these events, help the client work through the issues and find peace and healing.
What can Hypnotherapy do?
Hypnosis is used to enhance performance, modify behaviour, and ease stress throughout the corporate world, personal lives and sports. Tiger Woods, one of the greatest pro golfers of all times uses hypnosis regularly, not only to enhance his performance, but also to keep him focused and directed on the golf course. Watch Tiger Woods the next time that he is golfing on TV. Pay close attention to what he does just before he makes his move. He blinks his eyes twice. This is a technique that the learned in hypnosis which is his way of putting himself right where he needs to be in order to excel at his game. It puts him in a place where there is nothing but positive focus on the task at hand. Some of the greatest people that have ever lived have accomplished so much and have performed magnificent
accomplishments during and after hypnosis. Just to name a few that might simply amaze you are Mozart, car manufacturer and billionaire, Henry Ford, as well as Thomas Edison. Jackie Kennedy-Onassis used hypnotherapy to help her overcome the tragedy that she experienced during the assassination of her late husband John during his US presidency.
People suffering from stress and anxiety, phobias, depression, illnesses can find healing through hypnotherapy. Gerri Halliwell and Sarah Ferguson used hypnotherapy for weight management. Drew Barrymore, Ashton Kutscher, Ben Afflek and Charlize Theron used it to combat their smoking habit. Hypnotherapy is used for pain management and childbirth, Jessica Alba used it for the birth of her second child, and it is even used for anaesthesia.
Hypnotherapy makes use of hypnosis, an amazing tool that is completely natural, has absolutely no side-effects and is extremely powerful. People have healed themselves from things such as cancer, allergies, ADD in children and much more through the use of hypnotherapy.
Ultimately it is all about the power of the mind. Current research shows that the conscious thinking part of our brain uses only one percent. The rest is all powered by subconscious, creative processes of which we are not aware, but have a huge impact on what we think and how we behave.
In hypnotherapy, through the use of hypnosis we can access some of those processes, help clients reprogram their minds, and make huge differences in peoples lives. The therapist taps into the subconscious mind, feeding it with positive information allowing it to know that you are efficient, effective, positive, you can handle stress, you are a hard worker, successful etc. which is why so many people choose this method. It is all natural and proven to work, if you allow it to. You have to believe that it will work and want it to work, and it will!
Stress and Hypnotherapy
99% of illness and work related leave in our society today is caused by stress. Physiologically stress is an instinctive response which is given off by a part of our brain called the Amygdala, or reptilian brain. It stems from our predecessors and has not yet evolved to our modern lifestyle. When we go into stress, the Amygdala releases the stress response – freeze, fight or flight. In ancient times when we were faced with a lion, we either ran (flight) or fought (fight). In order to do this, the body went into the stress response and pumped blood to the extremities (which is why the face drains of colour, mouth goes dry, pupils dilate, sphincter closes), sugar and fat were released into the bloodstream, the heart rate increased to move blood quickly round the body, blood pressure increased), breathing rate increased (to bring more oxygen into the body), and hormones such as adrenalin were released. These physical responses helped us to run or fight, and were directed by the subconscious mind. You didn’t have time to think about the action – it just happened, because the subconscious mind wants to protect us. After the action, the body went into the relaxation response, all the adrenalin was expelled, and all physiological symptoms returned to normal. However, this fight or flight response is not appropriate for our modern lifestyle. When we become stressed, the body’s reactions are still the same, but it would be completely inappropriate to punch our boss or run away from our families!!
Today we generally do not “fight or flight”, so the body does not automatically expel the stress hormones, which leads to the relaxation response, and go back to a normal state. This means that our bodies are in a permanent state of stress which can cause or worsen a wide range of physical conditions, both minor and major. Headaches, migraines, allergies, skin disorders, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, heart disease, cancer, digestive disorders, diabetes are only
some of the body’s responses to stress.
The primitive stress response also has an effect on our emotions, thinking and behaviours. The stress hormones stimulate fear, anxiety and aggression. The surge of adrenaline that prepares the body for action, accompanied by the increasing heart rate and respiration required for extra energy and muscle power, can be overwhelming.
Stress needs to be taken seriously, and hypnotherapy has a plethora of tools to assist people in managing this unavoidable part of our lives.
Hypnotherapy is a tool to find healing or resolution to things like:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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