Hypnosis | Fact | 27th June 2022 | Virtual Wire
Hypnosis is a natural, safe state of mind. Although sometimes mistaken for the sleep state, it is actually an altered state of mind where the individual is consciously aware of everything they experience.
It is sometimes known as focused awareness. Hypnosis allows the therapist/client's unconscious/subconscious to communicate with deep, inner parts of the mind (known as the unconscious/subconscious mind.) This communication can help alleviate many types of problems including behavioural and emotional problems.
Is Hypnosis dangerous?
With a professionally trained therapist, there are no dangers in hypnosis. It is impossible to get ‘stuck’ and although there is a common belief that ‘secrets’ will be divulged, this is not true. The therapist has no authority to control the customer and the emphasis is on guiding the client in therapeutic work.
Who can be hypnotized?
We believe that anybody can be guided into a state of therapeutic hypnosis as long as:
The therapist has sufficient skill.
The client has sufficient motivation to enter the state (i.e. wants to be hypnotized).
The client is an appropriate candidate for hypnosis.
All that is really needed from the client is the ability to concentrate and the willingness to work with the therapist.
What does it feel like to be in Hypnosis?
There are no specific feelings that let you know you are in hypnosis. Generally, people feel deeply physically relaxed. However, although the body is deeply physically relaxed the mind is generally more alert and sensitive and the individual is aware of everything they experience.
Therapeutic / Clinical Hypnosis is completely different from stage hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is used for entertainment purposes and is for the benefit of the audience whilst Therapeutic / Clinical Hypnosis is used to help people with a wide range of problems in a way that is safe and appropriate, for their benefit.
This description of Hypnosis is provided by The Northern College of Therapeutic Hypnosis.
Some of the conditions where hypnosis can be beneficial:
IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Panic / Anxiety.
Phobias / Fears.
Pain Management / Relief.
This is by no means a definitive list – many other physical and emotional conditions respond well to hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a completely natural state to experience. Hypnotherapy is where a professionally trained therapist helps a client systematically go safely into this state. Once in this state psychotherapeutic intervention can be more effective.
The British Medical Association acknowledge that hypnotherapy can be a valuable therapeutic tool either on its own or in conjunction with other therapies / conventional medicine. More and more GPs / Psychologists / Health Care Professionals are realizing the benefits of therapeutic hypnosis and continue to use it alongside their traditional skills.