Hypnotherapy is a long-established and medically approved therapy
Hypnosis has been used effectively as a therapy since the 1840s, when it was developed by the Scotsman, James Braid. Since then, thousands of experimental and clinical research studies have been carried out, demonstrating the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating a range of conditions.
Hypnotherapy has been recognised as an effective treatment by the foremost medical organisations in this country and abroad, including the British Medical Association (BMA), the British Psychological Society, the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. Hypnotherapy is an approved treatment by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Hypnotherapy works by using naturally-occuring psychological and physiological states. Some people compare being in hypnosis to day-dreaming or being so absorbed in a book or a film that you lose track of time. Other people say it’s like just before you go to sleep or just after you wake up – a pleasant and deeply relaxed state.
Hypnosis allows you to switch off all the normal distractions in your mind – the external information your brain is taking in from the senses, and your mind chatter, as you critically analyse that information. In this state, you’re able to focus all your attention on the positive suggestions for change being made to you.
In hypnosis, you’re more receptive and responsive, so that the unconscious processes driving your habits of thinking and behaviour can be influenced more easily. Whether you want to overcome a fear or anxiety, stop an unwanted habit, deal better with stress or help a stress-related health problem, it means that you can make the changes you want more quickly and easily.
Hypnotherapy also works by powerful mental rehearsal. In hypnosis, you practise the changes you want to make in your imagination and this starts setting up a new, positive habit. Habits become unconscious because neurons in your brain have learned to fire together in a particular pattern. This can be extremely useful in every day behaviour, such as being able to walk, without thinking about it, or learning a new skill, such as being able to drive a car. However, it can also lead to negative thinking patterns and bad habits, which cause problems.
The good news is that, just as you’ve learned a negative habit of thinking, feeling or behaving for whatever reason, you can learn a new positive habit in hypnosis to replace it. It then becomes much easier to transfer the new habit into real life.
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