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Hypnosis is a state of mind or a trance-like state of focus and concentration brought on with deep mental and physical relaxation which is enabled with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. In this state our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, film, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. So in fact, we all enter this state naturally in our everyday life. Hypnotherapist guide their clients to turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make positive changes or regain control in certain areas or aspects of their life that may be causing them problems. Hypnotherapy can be utilised to access a person’s inner potential and help with many other issues. It is the innate healing capacity of our own body that may be stimulated by Hypnotherapy. Consequently, the list of problems which may be amenable to Hypnotherapy is far too long and varied to catalogue but certainly includes: stress, anxiety, panic, phobias, unwanted habits and addictions (e.g. smoking, overeating, alcoholism), disrupted sleep patterns, lack of confidence and low self-esteem, fear of examinations and public speaking, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Additionally, it has proved of value within surgery, where normal anaesthetics have not been practical, in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sporting and artistic performance enhancement. As an adjunct to other counselling techniques, it can also assist in helping to resolve relationship difficulties and be useful within anger management strategies.
People sometimes worry that they will ‘lose control’ under hypnosis. When actually they remain in full control and cannot be made to do anything against their usual ethical or moral judgement or religious belief. It is likely that this misconception, of a loss of control, stems from stage hypnosis, wherein participants are apparently made to perform all manner of (usually foolish) acts. However, this is purely used for entertainment and the participation in a stage act is an entirely voluntary process (thus ‘permission’ is already given to the hypnotist) and that there can be no such volunteer who is unaware of exactly what they are letting themselves in for! The idea that hypnotists can take over the minds of their subjects and control their actions is, of course, an entirely media-driven myth. In the trance state, you control all of your actions, you can hear everything around you, and you cannot be forced to do something against your will. Even participants in stage hypnotism shows operate under the control of their own minds, as it’s impossible for someone not to be conscious while in hypnosis.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Each person has established their own unique mental filtering system for processing their experiences and situations they take in through their senses, the main one being the eyes, so what we observe and see. However, our first mental map of the world is also made up of internal images, sounds, tactile awareness, internal sensations, tastes and smells that form as result of the neurological filtering process. We then assign personal meaning to the information being received from the world outside and make a connection or association with how this experience has made us feel. We form our second mental map by assigning language (happy, sad, anxious, excited etc.) to the internal images, sounds and feelings, tastes and smells, thus forming everyday conscious awareness. This then determines our behavioural response that occurs as a result of the neurological filtering processes (So, how we act and react from what we’ve learned or the perception of what we experienced to be.) Through these connections and associations and the behaviour we learn or how we act/react forms the programming within our mind that tells our brains that this is how we feel and how we act in future similar situations. A trained therapist can work with a client to help change this outdated program if these behaviours are unhelpful to a person and is interfering in their everyday life. Most people don’t realize that communication is made of so much more than interactions between people. That Inner voice, your mind-set, attitude, and feelings – is an active form of communication. Here’s an example of how it works.
Say you’re partner’s mother is coming over for a meal and you’re feeling anxious but you’re not sure why, everything seems fine. It’s all about how you’re communicating with yourself on the inside. Finding out with the help of the therapist, what it is that’s giving you the anxious feelings is a matter of discovering which images and sounds etc. that have been connected and associated with the anxious feeling. As you turn your attention inward, looking for what you see and hear on the inside, you might discover that you are imagining things about the meal, for instance, the inner voice saying ‘she’s going to hate the food’ imagining looks of disapproval about the presentation on her face or you over cook something. And so on. The point is: You probably weren’t consciously aware of all the inner communication going on. If you’re feeling anxious about the meal, you’re probably imagining how badly it could go and responding to this unconscious imagery and sound. The anxious feelings are results of this negative pre-mind set. We simply respond to inner communication, whether or not we’re aware of it. So, if you’re picturing negative things happening, you’re going to feel anxious. When you’re helped to become aware of how you are creating a mind-set that you don’t want, you can change it! Neuro-Linguistic Programming offers a vast library of methods to change our mind-set once we identify it, transforming the inner communication so that you feel better!
“Reiki” (ray-key) is Japanese for ‘universal life energy’, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing, This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication. It is a tradition that is open to anyone’s belief system. Treatment is a positive feel-good process that anyone can enjoy in the course of their life and can be used to enhance other conventional or complementary treatment to help support and promote well-being during recovery. The relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful to people especially at difficult times in their lives, as we can all feel overwhelmed or disconnected at times, sometimes there is a real sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Reiki can bring feelings of peace, calmness, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life. It can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, but can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook. Recipients of Reiki remains clothed and either lay or can be seated depending on the needs of the individual and is helped to relax. The practitioner gently places their hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes up to an hour-and-a-half, depending on each person. Benefits reported by recipients include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well- being on all levels. Each person will experience the treatment of Reiki to feel differently for them. Some people may feel very little sensation at first, whilst others feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours and others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.