What is Hypnosis?
Show business has given hypnosis a bad name. I'll never make anyone run around like a chicken, I promise.
Hypnosis is a quick and lasting way to make changes to your belief system, your habits and your feelings. We can use it to change the way we see the world and the way we talk to ourselves.
Hypnosis is a relaxed state in which the therapist communicates directly with the unconcious mind, bypassing the bit of you that can be resistant to change. We all go in and out of trance every day watching tv, day dreaming at work or when someone is telling a really boring story. It's a bit like the state we are in as we are drifting off to sleep or just waking up. There isn't anything mystical about it. Trance is the state in which learning occurs.
Contrary to what we often see on tv, you are awake during hypnosis, just in a very relaxed state and no one can really make you do things against your values. Those people who get up on stage and run around like a chicken are willing participants!
Most clinicians now agree it can be a powerful, effective therapeutic technique for a wide range of conditions including pain, anxiety and sleep disorders. Hypnosis can also help people change their habits such as quitting smoking, eating better or letting go of fear.
Here is Paul Mckenna expalining a few things...