Hypnotherapy by Clare Rusby
Cert .Hyp CS
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis is a state of mind brought about by the use of a set of techniques . It enhances an individual’s concentration and increases their responsiveness to suggestion in order to make the beneficial changes that an individual may wish to make in their thought patterns, their behaviours or their physiological state.
In today’s society we find it very hard to achieve a state of quiet where the body is fully relaxed and the mind is empty of negative or worrying thoughts, however the state of hypnosis with its associated relaxation makes it one of the most useful non-pharmacological processes known to mankind.
Relaxation techniques can be dated back as far as 2000 B.C. Whilst during hypnosis the client experiences extreme relaxation as part of the technique for achieving hypnosis, the main difference is that during hypnosis we obtain a state that exhibits selective attention, increased suggestibility and a special state of consciousness. The process is also accompanied by beneficial suggestions that are focussed totally on the change that the client is looking is looking for.
To understand the benefits of relaxation you must consider that we have some 400 voluntary skeletal muscles which are basically layers of fibres that a bundled together and connected to the nervous system by nerve endings that instigate the contraction and relaxation of the muscle. In modern society we have acquired a growing problem in that many of our muscles are remaining in a chronic state of contraction due to the stress we are living under. They do not receive the relax message from the nervous system as we continue to work and live in a permanent state of tension, often found in the back or shoulders.
Hypnosis is a completely natural state that along with the input of a properly trained and confident therapist can create positive changes in a persons mental, emotional and physical state. It cannot make you do anything that you do not want to do or that you morally object to. You cannot get “stuck” in hypnosis and can leave the state whenever you want to.