When most people hear the word ‘hypnosis’ or ‘hypnotherapy’ they conjure up visions of pendulums, mesmerism, being made to do crazy things on stage or even black magic. In fact, the practice of medical hypnosis precedes Sigmund Freud and was developed by a Scottish physician called James Braid. Here are a few evidence- based facts about hypnosis that might put your mind at ease:
- Hypnotic suggestibility does not denote gullibility or weakness. In fact, highly intelligent people are more open to suggestions because they have vivid imaginations.
- Most patients describe the supposed hypnotic trance as being in a similar state when absorbed in a good book or a play.
- The client is always in control and can accept or reject suggestions at will.
- You never get stuck in hypnosis. However, it is advisable that you don’t drive for about ten minutes after a hypnosis session as you are in a deep state of relaxation (which is always a good state to be!)
- Hypnosis is not a sleep like state although some patients might go to sleep just because they become so (you guessed it) deeply relaxed! However, their subconscious mind is still listening to the therapist’s suggestions.
- The therapist only gives those suggestions that have been previously discussed with the client.
…so why not give it a try. It could help you with stress, fears, anxieties, insomnia, weight loss, quitting smoking or relationship or pre and post natal issues.
If you want to find out more or ask any further questions about hypnotherapy, please contact Saira on at [email protected] or call her on 0798 551 6228.
By Saira Hasan, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist