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FAQ - Hypnosis

Q. What is hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is just a natural state of relaxation into which we naturally drift at least twice every day. Each time we are dozing off to sleep, and when we are just beginning to wake up, we are in a hypnotic state of awareness which is a very pleasant, tranquil state.

One of the earliest recorded European uses of hypnosis, both as an entertainment and for attempted clinical use, are the techniques used and taught by Anton Mesmer in the 1700's. Professor Ronald Hutton argues that hypnotic techniques probably form the basis of shamanic trance to enable extreme feats of human endurance without the participants apparently experiencing pain or external physical damage. Asian fire walkers are an example of what we might consider to be an extreme ritual experience which is undoubtedly made possible through the use of self-induced hypnosis.

Q. Is hypnosis dangerous?
A. No, hypnosis is a gentle, safe relaxation technique. We all drift into and out of a hypnotic state numerous times throughout the day. Each time we become engrossed in anything that requires concentration, such as reading a book, watching the television or admiring a beautiful view we will find ourselves drifting into a state of meditation or self-hypnosis.

Q. What does hypnosis feel like?
A. Hypnosis is a very natural state of relaxation. Many people are surprised that they don't actually feel any different than when they are daydreaming or relaxing in front the television. Some people feel sensations of mellowness, some experience a sensation of lightness, whereas others may feel as though they are sinking deeply into the chair.

Q. Is it possible to get stuck in a hypnotised state?
A. No, it is not possible to get stuck. Hypnosis is merely a form of relaxation and, even if the therapist left you alone, after a time you would simply become bored and return to an alert state, just as you do following a daydream.

Q. What about self-hypnosis, how does that work?
A. A hypnotherapist can teach a simple trigger technique which enables you to use self-hypnosis at will. For example, to enable drug free pain management during childbirth or to enhance self-confidence and enable personal control in stressful situations. All hypnotherapy utilizes self hypnosis, with the therapist talking, listening and guiding the therapeutic process. Learn self hypnosis and program yourself for success.

Q. Can people be hypnotized and made to do things against their wishes or without their knowledge as portrayed in some films?
A. Absolutely not. No one can be hypnotized against their wishes and no one can be made to do something to which they would ordinarily have moral or emotional objections to.

Q. What about when people are doing silly things on-stage and on television?
A. Many people are of the opinion that hypnosis is something 'scary' and it's not unusual for individuals to refuse to be hypnotized because of fear that the therapist might take control or make them do something they don't want to do. In reality nobody can be persuaded to do something they object to. Anyone volunteering to take part in a stage performance will therefore have been very carefully selected (from an audience of maybe two or three thousand people) to ensure they really want to be on-stage and are exceptionally keen to show off and behave oddly in front of an audience.

Q. What is Clinical Hypnosis?
A. Hypnosis is used in a 'clinical' sense to assist an individual to take control of their own life via a therapeutic process enabling self empowerment. As a phenomenon, hypnosis is merely a method or tool which creates a relaxed state of mind so that the individual is operating on 'Alpha' level of consciousness, just as we all do when watching a film, listening to music or meditating. It is the subsequent clinical application of 'suggestion' therapy, which enables the conscious and subconscious minds to work together in harmony on a specific pre-agreed task for therapeutic reasons. It is absolutely essential therefore, that the desired outcome is agreed with the therapist before beginning any therapeutic work, and it is for this reason I provide a free initial consultation.

Q. What is 'Past Life Regression?'
A. There are two main schools of thought. 1) the scientific view is: that the individual is relating to historical knowledge gained previously, maybe from a book or film. 2) the esoteric view: the person is actually re-experiencing aspects of an actual past life.

Whichever perspective you feel drawn to is a matter of personal choice and will be related to your own specific belief systems. The benefits of all forms of regression therapy, are to enable problem solving which is achieved through a process of analysis enabling the resolution of life difficulties in much the same way as dream analysis symbolically highlights issues in order to enable the individual to make sense of and resolve a current life difficulty or problem.

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