Dispell the myths
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a naturally occuring state of mind, a bit like daydreaming. You will go into this state unaided many times a day; lying in the bath at the end of a long day and staring, unseeing, into the plughole; being so engrosed in a good book you barely notice someone walking into the room.
Despite what people might tell you, being in a hypnotic 'trance' does not mean that someone can make you behave like a chicken (unless you want to!). Nobody can hypnotise you against your will or make you do anything you don't want to do.
You will be completely aware of your surroundings and can move, open your eyes or speak if you wish to. Although you may feel so beautifuly relaxed that you might not want to!
What is Hypnotherapy?
During hypnosis your subconscious mind is open to positive suggestions and changes. The subconscious is the part of the mind that holds all of the things we have learnt to do without thinking, like driving a car or eating with a knife and fork. It also includes things that are unhelpful to us and can create irrational thoughts and behaviours, like for instance blushing in certain situations or being afraid of spiders.
What is Hypnoanalysis?
Many anxieties can stem from events we experienced in childhood.
As a child we tend to take things very literally, so a traumatic event or even just a throw-away comment from an adult can leave us with feelings of unnecessary guilt.
By going into hypnosis and talking about these events gives us a chance rationalise things as an adult and free ourselves from any associated emotions.