Hypnosis is scoffed at by some – the picture of a swinging pocket watch and the saying ‘you are feeling sleepy… very sleepy’ is sadly what springs to mind whenever people hear the word ‘hypnosis’. Either that or they link it with being forced to do embarrassing stuff l,ike clucking like a chicken. Far from being a sort of amusement, real a hypnotic approach can offer individuals with the capability to change unfavourable habits, like overindulging or smoking, through working with the unconscious. Having said that, it’s prudent to ask ‘Hypnotherapy – can it work?’ if you’re contemplating trying it out for yourself. With so numerous common myths surrounding this practice, it is important to learn the truth about hypnosis and how it can bring positive changes to your life.
How can it work?
By working with the subconscious mind and making use of the power of suggestion, a hypnotherapist can re-programme unhelpful belief systems with new positive feelings. Unlike the conscious mind which only remembers a tiny amount of what we go through, the unconscious takes note of everything, commonly without us knowing about it. Hypnotherapy functions by accessing these hidden images and ideas to make new, healthier beliefs and behaviours.
As opposed to the popular belief, hypnotherapists do not send customers to sleep. What really occurs is that the client is guided into a state of profound relaxation.
It is common for people that enter a state of trance to only become aware that they have really been ‘’in’ hypnosis once they are coming back into a normal state of awareness. Many people go through no conscious shift in their perspective, because throughout a hypnotherapy session the person remains conscious of everything that is happening around them. However, a lot of people might be surprised by how little they can remember about the session, as often a level of amnesia develops when we are really relaxed.
Life altering positive effects
Quite a few individuals have successfully overcome issues with hypnotherapy, such as weight problems, sadness, addictions, smoking tobacco, stress and anxiety and problems with sleep, and have strongly suggested it to people they know. In fact countless celebs have benefited from hypnosis, including Matt Damon (to help him give up smoking), Orlando Bloom (to beat a dependency to chocolate), Kevin Costner (to cure him of sea sickness while filming ‘Waterworld’) and Sophie Dahl (for weight reduction).
Hypnotherapy is by no means a fad therapy phenomenon with no real merit – during the 1890’s, the British Medical Association commissioned an assessment to determine the nature and effects of a hypnotic approach: “The Committee are of opinion,” they said, “that as a therapeutic agent hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, procuring sleep, and alleviating many functional ailments [i.e. psycho-somatic complaints and anxiety disorders].” Einstein is even believed to have used it!
So with over 100 years of beneficial regard, plus the backing of numerous individuals and celebrities, hypnosis is able to offer a tried-and-tested, positive means to fix an enormous collection of challenges.
Giselle Monbiot, whose hypnosis clinic is in Kingston upon Thames pointed out, “About 90% of our patterns, behaviours and habits are governed by our unconscious. This is why it is so hard to change using just our conscious awareness. The wonders of Cognitive Hypnotherapy is that it shifts the unconscious perspective as well as working with the conscious. This is why the results can be so fast and effective.”
Giselle has practised in Kingston for over 5 years working from her rooms on Old London Road.
07847 386562 www.kingstonhypnotherapy.co.uk