About Hypnotherapy

Although thought of been around for many centuries, the term hypnosis gained wide spread attention in the 1800s. Since then the practice of hypnosis has become much more widely accepted as an alternative medical treatment for a number of medical conditions.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

It is a form of therapy that utilises the power of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious changes to peoples’ thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Using skilled verbal communication during a person’s hypnotic state, alterations can be made to how a person perceives a certain thought or feeling. The therapy can be used to treat several medical conditions ranging from medical, dental or psychological.

It can also be used to enhance the performance of several personal areas such as physical performance or public speaking. Widely promoted as an alternative treatment to help treat various long term medical conditions or to help in breaking bad or repetitive habits such as smoking.

When Hypnotherapy Might Be Helpful

Widely considered and endorsed an alternative treatment, it can be used as a treatment for a number of medical conditions from stress related issues to treatment of long term medical conditions; in recent years the treatment has become much more widely accepted and recommended by medical institutions such as the National Institution for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Hypnosis is recommended as a treatment to use either alongside other traditional medical treatments or when all other avenues of treatment have been exhausted. There are several medical conditions hypnosis has been used to treat a few of which are listed below.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Research has suggested that the therapy can be used to help treat certain aspects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Recommended for use when other treatments haven’t worked, it has been an effective treatment in relieving things such as abdominal pain.

Losing Weight and Quitting Smoking

Seen usually as medical roadblocks which stop people from losing weight or quitting smoking, hypnosis has aided in helping to get past this stumbling point most people suffer from. By altering the thought process, it can aid in helping to stop people picking up the cigarette in the first place by helping to beat the mental thought of repetition. When it comes to losing weight, the therapy can help create a positive mind set to increase the chances of weight loss.

Stress and Anxiety

The therapy has been used for many years to aid in treating mental conditions such as stress or anxiety, by altering the mental thought process and state of mind it can help to alleviate the mental pressures you usually feel when carrying out an activity such as giving a speech.


One of the most common reasons to be hypnotised by a hypnotherapist is to help overcome a phobia; with some of the most common phobias people suffer from being spiders or flying. Using various hypnotic techniques behaviour patterns can be altered so you have a calmer reaction rather than that of a panicked reaction.

What Happens During a Session and Who Carries It Out

Hypnotherapy sessions are usually carried out in private clinics and by independent professionals. Used as an alternative treatment or when all other medical treatments have been exhausted; undertaking in hypnosis can help alleviate and treat and a number of medical conditions. It’s amazing just how many issues a treatment session can help with whether it be to help with quitting smoking or to deal with stress.

Who Carries Out Your Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy sessions are carried out by trained people who have developed skills of hypnosis. A common misconception is that when you have been hypnotised you lose all control of yourself and what you do, this simply isn’t true either though you have been hypnotised to help deal with your thought process and alter how you perceive things you’ll always be in control of your session. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during a session with a hypnotherapist, you can simply ask them to stop at any time.

Although hypnotherapy is often questioned about its effectiveness (as with psychic mediums), Your hypnotherapist will make sure you are comfortable and will keep checking during the session to make sure you feel ok with what is happening. Working as an alternative practitioner, like any other staff who work in the medical industry they have your best interests at heart. It is their job to make sure you get the best out of your session to ensure pain is alleviated or conditions are treated successfully.

What Happens During a Therapy Session

The initial task of the hypnotherapist is to establish a solid and trusted rapport with the person undertaking the therapy; this involves talking about any concerns they may have about the sessions and to understand the person’s previous medical history. Feeling safe and comfortable with the hypnotherapist is all an important part of being able to induce a hypnotic state.

Although there are many ways to enter a hypnotic state, it’s usually easily achieved by reclining in a chair or laying on a couch. You will then be asked to visualise a soothing setting or to stare at a fixed point and listen to sound of the hypnotherapists voice. Do deepen a trance you may be asked to count down from 10, this is also a control method of waking yourself up from a session as you can simply count back up.

Session lengths can vary depending on how well a patient takes to hypnotherapy or the condition they suffer from. Treating a habit such as nail biting could take as little as one session whereas problems such as panic attacks may involve undertaking several sessions to help treat the problem. The important thing to remember is when you enter a hypnotic state that you’re always in control.

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