It is hypnosis used as a complimentary and alternative therapy to treat a variety of psychological and physical conditions.
There is documentary evidence to suggest that hypnosis goes back to ancient Egyptian times and since then has been used by various people throughout the ages.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does involve the induction of a trance-like condition, but when in it, the person is aware, concentrating entirely on the therapists voice. The feeling is similar to daydreaming or meditation. When you relax, your conscious mind (logical side) takes a back seat and the unconscious part of your mind (creative side) is revealed. It is at this point that the therapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle changes to the individual. Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within the mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and surpressed emotions to be overcome. Scientists still cannot agree on the capacity and power of the mind and the influence this can have on our physiology, however, although there are no guarantees, hypnosis continues to demonstrate how it can be very effective for people on a wide range of issues.
The session will start with a welcome chat to encourage you to feel comfortable, this will then lead into a discussion about your problem or goals. Relevant information will be gathered. There will be an explanation of how the therapy works.
Then, once you are sitting or laying down comfortably you will be instructed into a state of deep physical and mental relaxation. Once deeply relaxed the therapy can begin. Using techniques and approaches such as direct suggestion or imagery to re-programme or re-condition patterns of behaviour in your mind. Once this has been completed you will be brought to the point where you are fully alert and wide awake. Finally, there will be time for questions and a discussion around 'next steps'.
Hypnotherapy is not a replacement for psychiatric or medical care. At your first session you will be asked about any medical conditions and medication you are taking. If you are under a physician's care you must continue to follow the advice of your doctor or other medical practitioner. Doctor/medical practitioner approval may be required before proceeding with the hypnotherapy.