Hypnosis links you direct with your subconscious mind. Through deep relaxation, first of body, then of mind, you relax the conscious part of your mind thus giving direct access to the subconscious. This focusses your imagination and allows positive change to occur very quickly.
You are always in control. Your hypnotherapist or recorded hypnosis session guides you into relaxation allowing that access and makes positive suggestions to help you. But hypnosis is not something that is done to you. You must use your powers of intelligence, imagination and concentration which sometimes involves imagining scenes or particular experiences. For example, you might be asked to recall a time when you felt on top of the world, extremely happy, unstoppable and a NLP technique can
The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between real and imagined but it will create the image presented. So, if overweight, hypnosis will change the picture you hold of yourself in your mind into one of you at the weight you wish to be. See how that looks, feel how it feels and keep practising that image so that your subconcious creates that as a new reality.
Hypnosis is very effective and quick at overcoming unwanted habits such as smoking, nail biting, hair pulling.
Hypnosis also helps overcome fears and phobias, lower anxiety, stop panic attacks, build confidence and self-esteem.
On the medical side, many illnesses are caused by stress and learning self-hypnosis is a valuable tool to coping with stress. In this way, high blood pressure can be reduced, irritable bowel syndrome can be treated without medication, also skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. In fact, a long list of medical conditions have been helped by hypnosis.
Hypnosis is also used as an alternative to anaesthesia, in such cases as dental patients who are scared of injections. The pains of childbirth can be lessened and specific techniques help pain control in general, even in extreme cases such as terminally ill cancer patients who are already taking high doses of morphine.
© Antonia Stuart-James 2007 - English Hypnotherapist in Belgium helping people to make positive change.