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So what is it all about?

The history of hypnotic or suggestive therapy is one of the oldest healing techniques. From the Sleep Temples of Egypt through the histories of ancient Greece and Rome, some form of hypnosis has always been an integral part of all cultures.
the early part of the 20th Century hypnosis was used almost exclusively by stage hypnotists, thereby projecting a hopelessly distorted view of this very powerful therapeutic tool. However, in 1955 the British Medical Association endorsed the practice of hypnosis in Medical School education, since then it has become a very valuable addition to conventional medical treatment.

What does it feel like?

The actual experience of hypnosis is very difficult to describe. There is little difference between hypnosis and daydreaming, or becoming involved in a good book or television programme. It is an altered state of awareness which every one experiences naturally - it's that lovely feeling that one experiences just before going to sleep at night, or as you come out of sleep in the morning. Generally you will be aware of what is going on around you and of what the therapist is saying to you, you will remember a lot of what has happened in your session, and throughout, you are always in control. If at any stage you feel you want to end the session you can do so by just opening your eyes. It is really important to understand that nobody can be hypnotised against their will and even when hypnotised, people can reject any suggestions that do not fit in with their own set of personal belief systems and their own personal integrity.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy means the use of hypnosis for the treatment and relief of a variety of psychological symptoms. It can bring relief to existing conditions or to change areas where there are problems. With hypnotherapy it is possible to work with and change the thoughts that lead to self limiting beliefs - mainly this is achieved through using complete mental and physical relaxation techniques. It is essential to have the cooperation of the client.

Hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe . When administered by a professionally trained and skilled Clinical Hypnosis Practitioner the benefits are long lasting and often permanent. It is often successful when other, more conventional methods of treatment have failed.

Can it help me?

Hypnotherapy can help “virtually everyone”. Given that hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and that probably no one is performing to their actual potential, then this answer is literally true. However, it is not just what you can achieve that Hypnotherapy is well placed to address but also one’s inner resources to effect beneficial change. Without change there can be no change! In this regard, it is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be helped with Hypnotherapy is far too long and varied to catalogue but certainly includes: stress, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. stopping smoking, overeating), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking and flying but to name a few. Additionally, it has proved of value in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement. It can also assist in helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management strategies.

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