Hypnosis has existed for thousands of years in many forms and can be found in numerous references from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Although hypnosis is an ancient process, the modern medical use of hypnosis was sanctioned and formally recognized by the American Medical Association in 1958; was termed as a complementary healing modality by the British Medical Association in 1955 and the American Psychiatric Association in 1961.
Hypnosis is an effective method of achieving change and it is a valuable tool for self-empowerment and continuous personal growth. Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that allows a trained professional (a certified Hypnotherapist) to assist you in accessing your subconscious mind, creating meaningful and long-lasting positive changes in your life.
Hypnosis is both a natural state of mind and a process in which you and the Hypnotist work together to promote positive change.
Hypnosis is considered to be “a state of selective thinking”, whereby you are in control and can choose to experience only what is relevant to the task at hand. It has also been described as guided concentration; a state of heightened suggestibility (alpha-state) in which your brain-wave vibrations slow and allow you access to the subconscious mind.
We have all experienced the power of the subconscious mind. The causes for many of our “bad habits” are rooted in memories or perceptions that have been forgotten by the conscious mind but not the subconscious. Hypnosis assists us in accessing those memories and help to change those habits and thought patterns, quickly and easily.
While in a hypnotic state, your conscious mind (the mind you are reading and thinking with now) is temporarily by-passed and you gain access directly to your subconscious mind. Through hypnosis, your subconscious mind becomes highly receptive to positive suggestions and beneficial ideas; essentially re-educating yourself at a fundamental level. These suggestions are a combination of the goals you want to achieve, behaviours you want to change and a mind-set you want to develop. While under hypnosis you are still in control of your thoughts and actions, and will only accept suggestions and integrate changes that are appropriate for you; whether mentally, physically, spiritually or emotionally. It is a consensual state from which you can emerge at any time of your own choosing.
Whether it is to quit smoking, lose weight, develop a healthier lifestyle, increase concentration levels, improve sports performance, overcome fears, achieve better results in business and personal situations or just to enjoy your next visit to the dentist, hypnosis can help you achieve those results faster than you ever imagined or thought possible. *
More currently, hypnosis has been re-evaluated and is now viewed as a useful technique in assisting to:
Remove bad habits
Discover the initial causes of problems and develop solutions
Re-educate the subconscious mind to promote positive and healthy changes
Develop new and healthier habits
Support positive emotional and mental health
Restructure old, restrictive, and limiting thoughts of oneself
Intensify and reinforce positive feelings of self image
Let go of negative feelings
Create a strengthened sense of self-control
*Results may vary based on a variety of factors
Stephanie is a certified Hypnotist (CH) and Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp) and is registered with the National Guild of Hypnotist.