What is Hypnosis? What is hypnotherapy
Hypnosis is state of physical relaxation accompanied by focused attention, heightened suggestibility and a sense of tranquility.
While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better expressed as a state where person under hypnosis is fully awake and has heightened focus and concentration with the ability to concentrate intensely on a specific thought or memory, while blocking out sources of distraction.
The use of hypnosis for therapeutic purposes is referred to as "hypnotherapy".
(Use of hypnosis as a form of entertainment for an audience is known as "stage hypnosis" and is out of the scope of hypnotherapy.)
Hypnotherapy is used to create changes in the client in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviour or feelings; or even healing physical diseases.
Hypnotherapy is now flourishing as a very safe and yet highly effective method of facilitating healing in many emotional, psychological and even physical problems.
Who can be hypnotised?
Any person who wants to experience Hypnosis can be hypnotised. Even children can be hypnotised and can get the benefit from such a therapy.
Why are people afraid of Hypnosis? Is it safe?
Hypnosis is surrounded by many misconceptions and myths, which is why people are often skeptical and even afraid of such a therapy.It is a very scientific tool to treat many emotional, psychological and even physical problems.
The Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has qualified hypnotherapy as mode of therapy, and has allowed it to be practiced by registered practitioners or appropriately trained personal.
How a person is hypnotized?
Hypnotic state is usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction. A person is made to sit or recline in a comfortable position and he follows series of preliminary instructions and suggestions so that he can experience a very relaxed yet focused state of mind. In such a state the therapist will then offer a specific therapy / hypnotic suggestions depending on the problem of the client.
The type of therapy or suggestions are always discussed with the client before the therapy begins.
What happens to a person under hypnosis? How does it feel to be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is just a STATE of mind and body which we experience every day when we are about to fall asleep or just being awake from sleep.
Hypnotic subjects are fully awake and are focusing attention, while blocking out sources of distraction. Generally all the senses are at heightened awareness under hypnosis. Clients under hypnosis hear minutest sounds in the background which even the therapist may not hear.
Under hypnosis body experiences such a great relaxation that almost all aches and pains are instantaneously relieved. It is very therapeutic for the body to be in that state and lot of healing occurs while a person is under hypnosis.
It feels extremely relaxing even to mind under hypnosis and most people wake up free of tensions and worries, feeling very refreshed and energized
How Hypnosis works?
Many of our habits, behaviours and emotions stem from subconscious mind. Normally we need extraordinarily strong will power to make changes in the subconscious mind, as subconscious mind is not readily accessible.
Many of our physical symptoms or diseases also originate from emotions, beliefs or perceptions which are hidden in subconscious.
Through hypnotherapy we can have access to subconscious mind and can effectively change those emotions, beliefs or perceptions which are causing problems at emotional or physical level.
We can heal traumatic memories or emotions from the past which the client may have forgotten at the conscious level.
We can change habits or help in getting rid of addictions similarly.
How many sessions are needed?
Typical hypnosis sessions last for about 45 to 60 minutes ( except few therapies like age regression which may take longer) and most people start to see results within 3 to 5 sessions, depending on their complaints. Children are easily hypnotised and may respond faster in just one or two sessions.