Therapeutic hypnosis

Hypnosis is entirely natural but it isn’t the easiest thing to describe. It is the easiest thing to experience for the majority of people. Because rather than hypnosis being an exotic or strange experience it is in fact part and parcel of the human brain.

An approximate description would be that it is a focused attention in an observing state of mind, comparable to being so absorbed in a movie or novel that one loses awareness of his or her surroundings. There are many depths of hypnosis from the most superficial which is akin to day dreaming to the catatonic where the hypnotised person can undergo surgery without anaesthetic.

One common effect of a focused observing attention is often relaxation. In fact hypnotic trance when experienced for the first time is often described by a client as the “most relaxed they have ever felt”.

It’s true that hypnotic trance can be incredibly relaxing but its not actually necessary to relax to go into hypnosis.

There are many misunderstanding about hypnosis. This is due on the one hand to the establishment medical professional historical animosity toward it (prejudice) and on the other to stage hypnotism. The former prejudice is being transformed because hypnosis gets results.

Instead of spending months or even years trying to resolve a psychological problem, with therapeutic hypnosis a successful outcome can often be achieved in a few sessions.

Links to usefull articles:

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13664587

Stanford Hospital & Clinics http://stanfordhospital.org/clinicsmedServices/clinics/complementaryMedicine/hypnosis.html

The Guardian home  Hypnosis is not a stage trick