What is Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy?
The Importance of the Subconconscious Mind
The subconscious mind plays a large part in determining what we do without thinking about it - sounds odd? If we want to change something then this change must occur in the subconscious mind for it to be effective. For instance, you can consciously know that eating fatty, high calorie food is not good for you. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you won't eat too much of that kind of food. People are often hard on themselves because they keep doing things that they know are not good for them, feeling as though this means they lack self-discipline or good character. But it doesn't mean that at all.
The subconscious mind is in charge of what we believe is true on a gut level. It's the reality on which we base our lives and the decisions we make. It is how we interpret just about everything in life. We can certainly use our conscious mind to override our subconscious mind in many instances; but when something has deep roots in the subconscious mind, going against what the subconscious believes to be true can feel climbing the highest mountain.
The power of hypnosis is that it enables you to get the cooperation of your subconscious mind.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state that all of us go in and out of throughout the day. It is a relaxed, focused state of consciousness, in which you release yourself into a particular focus. You are in various stages of hypnosis when you are driving a car, reading a book, learning something, meditating, watching TV and so on. The depth of hypnosis depends on how deeply you focus in on, or release yourself into, what you are concentrating on.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy uses Hypnosis to induce a deep state of relaxation, during which we are able to communicate directly with our subconscious minds. The subconscious mind stores all the memories, beliefs, habits and behaviours we have learnt and created since birth (and possibly beyond). In hypnotherapy a practitioner induces hypnosis in the client for the purpose of personal growth or change. Many people have misconceptions about hypnotherapy, believing that it is giving someone else control over them, or that they may do or believe something that isn't really true for them as a result of it. But the power of hypnosis is it gives you access to what is really true for you. It allows you to come into your own deepest experience, and access memories that you may have consciously forgotten. You may be able to “see” the event has caused the problems that you experience in your current life. You are aware of your surroundings and what is happening, and remember what you experienced when you come out of the hypnosis. It is nothing like stage hypnosis, or hypnosis done for the sake of entertainment.
Feedback from a HypnoGastric Band Client several months after we worked together.
I just wanted to tell you my weight/ size progress. I am walking/running and cycling on my days off. My body shape is still shrinking. Now wearing 10 to 12 clothes. I feel so empowered. I now don't mind looking in the mirror. Thank you again.