Examiner - 2 April 2009
Hypnotherapy has been practiced since ancient times, however, only in modern times has it become accepted as a tool for optimal health and wellness. But what is it and how can it help you?
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is merely a way to relax the body and mind using guided imagery and visualization. It’s a natural state you’ve experienced thousands of times before such as during a daydream or right before you fall asleep at night.
Is there science behind hypnosis?
Yes, hypnosis is based on scientific principles. There is nothing mysterious about it. Your brain produces different wave patterns when you’re awake, relaxed, dreaming or in a deep sleep. When you’re relaxed or dreaming, your subconscious is open to learning. Everything you’ve experienced or learned in your life is stored in the subconscious, like driving your car, for instance. That’s why you can drive without thinking about it.
How can I benefit from hypnotherapy?
During hypnosis, you are accessing your subconscious, and since the subconscious is where you learn, it is also the place where you can change what you’ve learned or how you feel. Hypnosis can help you improve an athletic skill like your tennis game, change a negative behavior like overeating or smoking, reduce pain or stress, increase concentration, improve self-esteem or eliminate a fear or phobia.
How does hypnosis differ from meditation?
The brain waves during meditation and hypnosis are the same, however, in meditation, the objective is to completely quiet the mind. In hypnosis, the objective is to provide suggestions to activate change and cause a physiological response.
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to overcome issues such as weight loss, stop smoking, etc. All the hypnotherapists at The Harley Street Hypnotherapy Clinic are fully versed in hypnotherapy and hypnosis at the London hypnotherapy clinic.