Hypnosis is an extremely useful and versatile tool which helps people across a variety of issues. It is entirely natural, relaxing and safe. Hypnosis can be defined as an altered state of awareness which facilitates the person experiencing it to access more of their own resources. It uses guided visualization, deep relaxation techniques and focused attention. This serves to quiet the busy conscious mind thereby allowing you to engage your unconscious, or subconscious mind. It feels like a spa for the mind!
HOW IT CAN HELP YOU
Hypnosis is a powerful ally. It is relaxing, effective, and puts you in control.
It is a valuable tool that can be used in conjunction with coaching, as a ‘spa for the mind’ or it can be used for the deeper work.
There is a great deal of misunderstanding and mystique around hypnosis. Simply put hypnosis is about reaching an altered state of awareness. This allows you easier access to insights and solutions. You can’t look at an issue in the same way when you are relaxed, and that helps you find solutions you had never seen before. It is a fabulous way of getting unstuck from ‘stickier’ patterns of behaviour, and great for helping with all kinds of issues from problematic patterns of sleep, addictions (like nail-biting or smoking), anxiety, weight-loss, and relationship challenges.
HOW AUTOMATED ARE WE?
How often do we find ourselves doing things automatically, without thinking? This can be great. Imagine if we had to learn how to drive every time we stepped into a car, or learn to read again every time we looked at a book!
However, we can also all think of times when that unconscious automatic response does not work well, and we bump into the same problem again and again.
Hypnosis can find the triggers and change the outcome seemingly effortlessly.
WHAT IS AN ALTERED STATE OF AWARENESS?
So what is an ‘altered state of awareness’? We experience them all the time. Think back to when you last lost track of time while driving, or reading, or floated off somewhere in final relaxation in a yoga class, or when you were daydreaming, or got in to the zone running or going for a walk in the woods. Those are all examples of an altered state.
Working with hypnosis means ‘catching’ or inducing that state with an intention. When in trance you can access more of your own resources, make multiple connections simultaneously, see things from a different angle, all in an accelerated way. In so doing you can quickly and easily change old behaviours and find new solutions.
Our mind is infinitely resourceful. It can be divided into two parts: our conscious and unconscious, or subconscious mind. Our conscious mind is like the tip of an iceberg. It holds on average of 7 plus or minus 2 things at a time; fewer still when we are anxious or sleep-deprived. No wonder we find it so hard to think straight when we are tired or stressed! Our unconscious mind is what lies beneath, all the rest, and it is vast and infinitely resourceful. It takes care of everything from automatic processes like breathing and healing to memories, perception, motivation. When in an altered state, a state of trance, you can access your unconscious mind with all of those resources simply and easily. You can be more of yourself.
WHEN IS HYPNOSIS APPROPRIATE?
The simple answer is any time for anything (for more please see Common Challenges). However, some clients prefer to stick to coaching alone, whilst others are drawn to hypnosis in addition. Either way works. The cool thing about hypnosis is that because our unconscious minds are 0.5 seconds ahead of our conscious minds you as a client can really be in the driving seat when in a state of trance, and from that place can see things more clearly, and change patterns of thinking more readily. It also has the benefit of being deeply relaxing, like a spa for the mind.
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