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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a method by which any person may be guided into a state of responsiveness in which psychological and physical changes, beyond normal conscious capability, may be achieved. In other words, hypnotic trance is essentially a state of hyper-suggestibility.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Anyone can be hypnotised. Everyone drifts in and out of trance at sometime during the day. If you have ever found yourself on autopilot, then you have been in a trance state. if you can relax and follow simple instructions you can enjoy hypnosis.

What does it feel like?

Hypnosis is conducted in a trance state where you feel increasing leves of relaxation. Do not expect to feel hypnotized. Since trance is a normal, natural state, then you will likely feel a feeling of familiarity.
Hypnosis is a state of responsiveness, not sleep or unconsciousness.

Is hypnotherapy like stage hypnosis?

Stage hypnosis is slightly different from hypnotherapy, however it is real hypnosis and the effects produced are possible for everyone to experience. In clinical hypnotherapy clients are never asked to do anything embarrassing or against their will. You are in control of your own body and mind during hypnosis.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is basically any therapy done in conjunction with hypnosis. It is often classed as a form of complementary medicine (CAM) but is perhaps better viewed as a branch of psychotherapy. Hypnosis is a scientifically acknowledged psychological and therapeutic discipline. Hypnotherapists tend to use an integrative approach which may combine programmes of direct verbal suggestion or visualisation with ‘analytic’ psychotherapy techniques such as age regression. Measurable psychological and physiological changes occur in hypnosis.

Does it work?

Yes. Hypnosis has fascinated psychologists and medical professionals for over a century and has been subject to a great deal of rigorous testing and research. It also has an enviable and long-standing reputation for effectiveness among the general public.

Is hypnosis safe?

Hypnotherapy is a completely safe and harmless form of psychological therapy. There are no known records of anyone having been physically or mentally harmed as a direct result of hypnosis itself. It is utterly impossible for anyone to get ‘stuck’ in hypnosis.

What can hypnosis be used for?

HEALTH Trauma, Phobia, Panic Attacks, Nerves, Depression, Illness, Pain Control, Headaches, Sleep Problems
NUTRITION Healthy Living, Weight Control
ADDICTIONS Smoking, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling
EMOTIONS Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt, Guilt, Anxiety, Jealousy
SELF IMAGE Self Esteem, Personal Growth, Confidence, Thoughts & Ideas,
Limiting Beliefs, Habits, Shyness, Stammering,
Sports Performance, Energy, Relaxation
FAMILY LIFE Relationships, Values, Conflicts, Sexual Problems, Children’s Problems, Current Life Regression, Past Life Regression, Future Life Progression,
BUSINESS Work Performance, Stress, Motivation, Goal Setting, Creativity, Concentration, Memory, Speed Reading, Public Speaking,
Presentations, Interviews, Negotiations, Buying Strategies

In addition to the treatment of psychiatric disabilities, there is a place for hypnotism in the production of anaesthesia or analgesia for surgical and dental operations, and in suitable subjects it is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour.

(BMA, 1955)

Is it officially recognised?

‘Hypnotism’ is legally acknowledged and defined by the Hypnotism Act 1952, in the UK Book of Statutes.
In their 1892 Hypnotism Report, the British Medical Association (BMA) officially recognise the hypnotic trance: ‘The Committee, having completed such investigation of hypnotism as time permitted, have to report that they have satisfied themselves of the genuineness of the hypnotic state.’ The Committee also acknowledged that ‘as a therapeutic agent hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments’ (BMA, 1892).

Hypnotism is officially recognised by many professional and scientific bodies.