Saturday, February 23, 2013

What is Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is an altered state of mind achieved through intense concentration or focus on the part of the subject. The subject remains completely awake and aware of his or her surrounding environment but the conscious mind slips into a state of relaxation and calmness. When the subject is in a hypnotic trance, the subconscious mind becomes more active and enables the subject to receive suggestions from the hypnotist.
A hypnotized mind is extremely pliable and open to receiving guidance from the hypnotist. Clinical hypnosis may be defined as a natural and normal state of focused, selective attention or a unique state of consciousness that can aid behavior modification, healing, cure and self exploration.
Different cultures have referred to hypnosis with different names in different eras, but its healing powers have remained intact all through the centuries. Hypnosis is an ancient therapeutic tool that has been used by people for thousands of years.
How does Hypnosis Work?
Human beings are endowed with experiences, talents and thoughts that they cannot always use optimally for their own benefit. However when a trained clinical hypnotherapist helps the human mind to enter into an absorbed state of hypnosis, the patient is able to develop innate individual qualities, which can bring about necessary changes in the thought process. This enables the patient to modify his behavior or feelings or thinking patterns.
It is rather impossible to make these changes or modifications consciously through sheer will power. The hypnotic state of mind makes it possible to bring about these alterations automatically, without involving any coercion or will power.
Hypnosis and Consciousness
The origin of the word hypnosis lies in the Greek word ‘hypnos’ which means sleep but hypnosis is not sleep and a hypnotized person is not asleep. The individual may be in a relaxed, calm state of mind with his eyes closed, but he is completely awake and conscious and is in a heightened state of awareness.
There are no dangerous side effects of hypnotherapy, and hypnosis has never injured or harmed any patient. Many patients fall asleep during hypnosis sessions but they wake up after a brief cat nap feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and refreshed. The patient usually remembers all the words spoken by the hypnotist and never loses control over himself.
Can hypnosis cure any ailment?
Clinical hypnosis has many uses and limitations. Hypnotherapy cannot cure cancer or blindness but it can do a lot to ease the pain of cancer treatment or child birth or a major surgery. Hypnosis is particularly useful for treating various kinds of pain as well as for treating habit disorders, stress, anxiety disorder, GAD, ADHD, depression and other kinds of psychological problems.
It can also treat psychosomatic disorders such as obesity or skin diseases like acne, psoriasis or eczema. You can also overcome bad habits, behavioral problems, sleep disorders, irrational fears and phobias, panic disorders and addiction problems through hypnotherapy.
Sometimes, hypnosis is also used by medical professionals to treat cardiac problems, heart ailments, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, diabetes, severe cracks in the feet, arthritis and cancer, usually in conjunction with traditional modes of treatment. Hypnosis London - We Use Hypnosis, NLP and various other Positive Reinforced Coaching Techniques - Hypnosis London Ontario, Hypnotherapy In London Ontario
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