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What is Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy is a talking therapy used to induce a trance. The word "hypnosis" comes from the Greek work "hypnos" which means sleep.
Trance states have been used throughout history by ancient peoples and shamans in religious ceremonies and rituals.
The hypnosis that we use today, was developed by Franz Anton Mesmer, an Austrian physician, in the 1700s.
How does Hypnotherapy work?
Over time, we have learnt (both consciously and subsconciously) to respond to certain things that happen to us in a particular way. Each time something similar happens, our emotions will respond to it in the learned reactive way we always have. Sometimes this is fine, but sometimes these reactions are un-necessary or inappropriate.
During hypnotherapy the therapist will take the client through a series of exercises designed to relax them and induce a deep state of altered consciousness, known as a trance. In the trance state, the client is extremely responsive to a ideas or a visual images. This situation enables the therapist to guide the client to remember the event that led to the reaction, help the client to separate the memory from the learned behaviour and replace the negative behaviour with positive behaviour.
What does Hypnotherapy treatment involve?
Each session lasts an hour. A course of 4 to about 10 sessions are usually recommended, depending on the individual.
After taking medical details, the therapist will discuss the reason for the appointment and what the client is wishing to achieve from hypnotherapy. The therapist will then take the client into the trance state in order to facilitate the desired outcome.
After coming out of the trance state, the client maybe given advise about how to achieve a relaxed state in order to help the treatment.
What can Hypnotherapy help?
Giving up smoking, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, warts, eating disorders, weight loss, tinnitus, stress, tension headaches, skin disorders including eczema, alopecia areata, asthma, birthing, phobias, sleep disorders, bedwetting and fibromyalgia.