What is Hypnotherapy?
Have you ever forgotten to get off at your train stop because you were so immersed in a book you were reading?
Or arrived at your destination after a familiar drive and have no memory of the journey?
Have you drifted off into a memory of a lovely holiday while cooking a meal?
These are all examples of Hypnosis!
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we experience many times every day, when our attention moves from what is going on around us, to our inner world, from our conscious to our unconscious.
Everything that we experience, every resource and ability we have and every memory is stored within the unconscious part of our mind
Hypnosis allows us to access these resources, skills and memories which can be very useful for making positive life changes and letting go of beliefs that no longer us.
When in hypnosis, the mind becomes very receptive to positive imagery and suggestion, and is open to taking on new learnings and ideas and accessing the confidence and creativity to make beneficial changes in your life.
A qualified Hypnotherapist will use therapeutic techniques to guide and empower you to make new positive changes, and this is where Hypnosis becomes hypnotherapy.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
The science behind Hypnotherapy
Less than twenty five years ago it was still believed that a person’s brain was set in place when they reached adulthood, and couldn't be changed. But neuroscientific studies over the last 2 decades have shown that the brain has the ability to re-train and re-wire itself at any point in life. This is a process called Neuroplasticity.
Neurons (brain cells), communicate through electrochemical signals, transmitting information in chains that lead to our thoughts, behaviours and feelings.
This creates millions of neural pathways within the brain, and the more we practice that thought, behaviour or feeling, the stronger and more defined that pathway becomes.
These stronger pathways are within our unconscious mind which is why our behavioural habits and emotional responses often become very automatic and outside of our conscious awareness.
During hypnotherapy new neural pathways can be created leading to new and positive thoughts, behaviours and feelings. As these are practiced more, the pathway will become stronger and stronger and eventually become the unconscious default response.