What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapy that uses hypnosis (an altered state of mind) with the utilisation of positive suggestion to bring about subconscious changes to our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
Hypnosis is a method of inducing a ‘trance’ or a dream-like state of deep relaxation. This state is a natural state of mind experienced by everyone. Whenever our mind wanders, daydreams or is focused on something, such as reading a book, listening to music, driving a familiar route, watching a film, we are in the state of hypnosis. This is also similar to the pattern of brain activity during meditation.
When we are in trance, learning and openness to changes are most likely to occur. This state allows the hypnotherapist to make appropriate suggestion to the subconscious mind, which acts as a controller of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. The given suggestions will be constructive and reinforce you to utilise your inner resources, to help you overcome your issues or change your behaviours from the subconscious level.
How does Hypnotherapy help?
Brain scans on people who are in hypnosis state show that brain wave activity moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes a Theta state. When you are in this state, your subconscious mind is able to receive and respond to suggestions better. It allows you to explore your underlying thoughts, feelings and memories that might have hidden from your conscious mind. Hypnosis also enables you to perceive something differently, such as shifting your awareness to reduce pain.
Thereupon, hypnotherapy can help you to change unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours by addressing the underlying causes that have been hidden in your mind and cultivating the new positive thoughts, feelings and behaviour that will support you to achieve your goals.
Find out more about how hypnotherapy can help for each condition here:
- Chronic Pain
- Problem behaviours (e.g. nail biting)
- Emotions management (e.g. anger, mood swing)
- Enhancing health
- Boosting confidence and performance (e.g. for public speaking, sport, job interview)