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What is Hypnosis

By using hypnosis you can regain control of yourself and your body and help yourself to better physical and mental health.

In fact, hypnosis has been successfully used to alleviate problems  from the time of pre-history and is one of the oldest of medical  treatments. While other therapies have come and gone, Hypnosis has  withstood the test of time, and remains as powerful and useful a  treatment as it was then.

HYPNOSIS is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as:

“Sleep artificially produced. State produced by hypnotism. Derived from Greek word HYPNOS  meaning sleep”

During hypnosis however, the subject is not asleep, or unconscious.

There have been many attempts to define “hypnosis” over the years.  The term “hypnosis” denotes an interaction between one  person, the “hypnotist”, and another person or people, the “subject” or  “subjects”. In this interaction the hypnotist attempts to influence the  subject’s perceptions, feelings, thinking and behaviour by asking them  to concentrate on ideas and images that may evoke the intended effects.  The verbal communications that the hypnotist uses to achieve these  effects are termed “suggestions”. Suggestions differ from everyday kinds of instructions in that a “successful” response is experienced by the  subject as having a quality of involuntariness or effortlessness.  Subjects may learn to go through the hypnotic procedures on their own,  and this is termed “self hypnosis”.

A hypnotic subject is said to be in trance. Trance is a  particular frame of mind characterised by focused attention,  disattention to extraneous stimuli (“tuning out” of background noises  etc.), and absorption in some activity, image, thought or feeling.  People can and do enter this state spontaneously everyday, for example  being lost in thought or day dreaming, absorption in sport, reading,  listening to music etc, driving for long distances and not re calling the route taken, being absorbed in meditation/relaxation procedures.  Often in these examples there will time distortion in that the passage  of time is underestimated. Hypnotic procedures formalise this process of “entrancement” and intensify it. Potential hypnotic subjects are given a series of instructions which, if they follow them, are intended to  assist them in achieving a trance state. Many people who are hypnotised  are not aware of being in a “hypnotic state”. This is because they  expect to feel very different in hypnosis. They expect to feel “out,  under, or zonked out”, which does not occur in hypnosis.

It is important to remember that the hypnosis does not constitute a form of treatment or therapy in its own right. Hypnosis is an adjunct, providing a context for the delivery of the  treatment or therapy. Therapy incorporating hypnosis can only be as  effective as the underlying therapeutic approach permits.

It is the view of many professionals that hypnosis should not be used as a form of entertainment, or for fun. Stage hypnosis is damaging to the reputation of medical, dental and  clinical hypnosis as it conveys an inaccurate image. Although hypnosis  is very safe, without a full medical and psychological assessment by a  trained individual there are concerns regarding the safety of the  participant. Stage hypnotists need not (and mainly do not) have any  formal qualifications in hypnosis. Of course, it is up to each  individual to make up their own mind if the want to participate,however, one must be aware of all the facts.

Some common anxieties, concerns and misconceptions about hypnosis addressed

Not remembering anything afterwards - There is not  necessarily amnesia following a hypnosis session. Usually you will have  full recollection, unless you have chosen, or it has been deemed  beneficial to block specific memories.

Losing control - During hypnosis you are fully  aware, and fully in control. Like the everyday trance experiences  described previously, you never lose control. For example, if during a  hypnosis session the subject became aware that the building was on fire, the subject would open their eyes and return to “normal” without any  prompting.

Not “waking up” afterwards - If you are tired, you  may fall asleep, however, no-one has ever been “stuck” in trance. You  would wake up naturally if unprompted.

Hypnosis may be dangerous - As discussed earlier,  hypnotic trance can be compared to natural, everyday trance. So long as  hypnosis is used by a responsible professional there should be no  concerns regarding safety.

Being hypnotised against your will - It is  impossible to trick someone into hypnosis or hypnotise someone who does  not wish it to happen. The subject is in complete control at all times.

Being made to do something you would not normally do when hypnotised - A subject would never do anything which is against their morals or  beliefs while hypnotised. A hypnotist can not make someone rob a bank,  unless they wanted to rob a bank anyway!

Hypnosis might lead to unwilling disclosures - A  subject will never disclose any information unless they are entirely  comfortable to do so. Often it is not necessary for the hypnotist to  know the exact details of the problem, so long as the subject is aware  of them and the significance they may play to their treatment. Due to  the confidential nature of the patient - hypnotist relationship, many  people are surprised that they are happy to discuss issues which they  may have never discussed before with anyone. This can happen if you have a good rapport with your hypnotist and can fully trust them.

Some common misconceptions addressed:

Hypnosis is “magic” and can produce an effortless cure - Although therapy conveyed using hypnosis can be very dramatic and seem  to require very little effort on the subject’s behalf, hypnosis is  certainly not magical or supernatural.

Hypnosis can unlock “lost” memories - Hypnosis can  help to enhance memories, however once a memory is lost, it is lost  forever. Care has to be taken not to elicit so called “false memories”.

Hypnosis requires complete immobility - It is  important to know that it is OK to move during hypnosis. If you have an  itch, it may cause more distraction if you do not move your hand to  scratch it! Long distance runners can experience trance while running!

Hypnosis is the therapy - Hypnosis is never the therapy itself. Hypnosis is an adjunct to treatment or therapy.

Remember, each case is individually assessed. Hypnosis is certainly  not suitable or preferable for everyone. You should not agree to use  hypnosis unless you are fully aware of what it is and how it could  benefit you. Extra care has to be taken if the subject has a history of  mental illness, and in some cases hypnosis should be avoided.

Most people are hypnotisable to some degree. It is estimated that 30% of people will experience a light trance, 50% will experience a medium  trance and 20% will experience a deep trance. Some people do not respond to hypnosis with one hypnotist but the chances are that another  hypnotist, with whom they have a better rapport, will succeed

Hypnotherapy for which conditions?

As a trained Medical Hynotherapist Dr Sharara can help you to deal with a large variety of conditions such as:

  • migraine
  • irritable bowel
  • pain
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • phobias
  • insomnia
  • weight problems
  • psychosexual problems
  • smoking cessation

 and many other conditions.

If you would like to know more, please call us.

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