Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
We all have a conscious mind and an unconscious mind. The conscious part of our brain reveals itself to us as our normal state of awareness - our thinking, logical, analytical side. The unconscious part stores our emotions, dreams, memories and imagination.
At times we may wrestle with problems using all of our conscious resources and yet find ourselves unable to reach a satisfactory answer. However, if we 'sleep on it', a solution or a course of action often presents itself by the morning. This demonstrates that, once the conscious mind is allowed to rest and the unconscious mind is given the opportunity to process or retrieve information, the brain can really get to work in a positive way.
The aim in hypnosis is simply to relax part of our busy conscious activity and to gain access to the deeper recesses of our unconscious mind - the part that truly takes care of us. The process is at all times completely natural and safe. Whether we realise it or not, we all effortlessly drift in and out of altered states of consciousness every day.
Hypnotherapy is the application of a variety of techniques that utilise an individual's natural resources to bring about a desired change. It is very much a partnership between client and therapist. Working with the client's motivation, only the suggestions that are wanted by the client will be accepted by the unconscious mind. The client is at all times aware and in complete control of thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
The state of hypnosis is often described as being not quite awake and not quite asleep. It can be a deeply relaxing experience and extremely therapeutic for mind and body.