What is hypnosis? Hypnotherapy is simple and relaxing. Many people don’t realise that hypnotic trance is an entirely natural state and we do it all the time - when we daydream, listen to music, drive a car, or forget whole parts of a journey we have just been on. Hypnosis brings together two parts of the brain, free from anxiety, harmonising them so they can work together and bring about the best possible results. It also happens to be relaxing and can even be fun - our customers tend to leave with a smile on their face. Here are some views on how people typically experience hypnotherapy:
How does it work? Anxiety, depression and anger are all primitive survival mechanisms. Sometimes they are appropriate, sometimes not. Sometimes the primitive parts of our brain can't tell the difference between imagined and real danger, and we set off the alarms just in case. It’s not just the events of our lives which lead to anxiety, but the responses we have to them. Fortunately these are governed by our brains in ways we know an increasing amount about, and we can quite easily change them.
There are two parts of our brain – one a vast intellectual resource, a positive and powerful problem-solving machine. The other, a vigilant alarm system. Hypnosis helps the two parts of the brain to work together, so that they can work in harmony and appropriately, allowing us to cope with life and to be happy, creative, and brave.
Is it safe? During hypnosis people remain in control and can reject or ignore any part of what is being said. They are are also able to bring themselves back to full consciousness at any point.
What is the future of hypnotherapy and mental health? Here are some of our views on the past, present and future of hypnotherapy and mental health provision: