Let me put the record straight. Hypnosis is natural and easy. More than that human beings and animals, go into ‘trance states’ daily and naturally when the brain enters its ultradian (every 90 minutes or so) cycles for a rest, and at other times. As we float safely in the womb before birth we are in a hypnotic trance.
We all know that ‘losing a sense of time’ feeling. It can happen when we are driving on familiar roads, watching TV or simply daydreaming out of the blue. During these periods there is a change of function in the brain allowing feelings from the older parts of the brain to surface. We are often unaware of these feelings.
The value of entering this state when we choose is to exercise the abilities we naturally have such as:
Mental alertness and positive thinking
High-focus and creative functions
Reducing stress hormones from all physiological connections
to the autonomic nervous system
Slowing the heartbeat
It goes on…
Since we all have these abilities, and we are all affected by the effects of stress, you would think the techniques of hypnosis would be a regular feature in everyone’s life.
So you might well ask why it is so underrated, undervalued and underused.
Here again, I turn to the idea of the public eye, but this time ‘Bad Press’. In the past 10 years or so the training and often, practice of hypnotherapists was unregulated. Someone could train over a week-end and set up as a therapist. The same was true for other complimentary/alternative practices.
We also associate hypnosis with the stage. There are some perfectly acceptable and good stage performances, of course. Paul McKenna started there! However, we remember the most tasteless ones better.
Good therapists are now trained by recognised and authorised schools. There are professional bodies of which they are members, should there be any cause for complaint.
We also know a lot more about the functions of the brain and we know that hypnosis creates a change of function, from MRI scans and other research. We know that the effects of hypnosis are beneficial. There are many books written by the pioneers of research into; wait for it:
These are all aspects of human functions that interact with one another and affect each other, daily. Our thoughts influence them all.
The best news is that the changes arising from hypnotic techniques can only come about when the client decides that they want to make such a change. We are ultimately responsible for our own thoughts, deeds and actions. Isn’t that good news?
You don’t have to have ‘problems’ to benefit from the techniques of hypnosis. They are useful for simply maintaining a positive frame of mind daily, if nothing else. But oh so much more can be achieved.
Why not give it a try? Contact me