What is hypnosis and how does it work?
Try to recall a movie you saw, (preferably at the cinema), where you were completely engrossed by what you were watching and hearing. You will have been aware of your surroundings and the sensations associated with them, (the hum of the air conditioning, people talking, rustling sweet wrappers, phones beeping), but you were absolutely absorbed in the movie.
The time just flies past, and when the credits roll, you feel like you’ve been in a different place for a couple of hours and maybe your head is full of the images and sounds that you have just experienced.
Or perhaps think of those moments when something catches your mind and you drift off or daydream for a while. You see it all the time, people staring at a fixed point, completely focused on the idea that has come into their head.
Well that is a form hypnosis, or more accurately, self-hypnosis.
Although the number and variety of issues that can be treated by hypnotherapy is very extensive, these are the most common:
Everybody will experience anxiety in some shape at a point in their life.
For some, it is a temporary situation caused by a specific, short-lived situation such as a forthcoming wedding or maybe a new job, or impending exams, and for others it’s something that seems to make an appearance on a very regular basis.
Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways and in many varied situations. We may not be aware that a particular ailment is the result of anxiety e.g. lack of sleep or appetite and tiredness.
There are many identifiable phobias around. Most of us will be aware of phobias such as fear of spiders (arachnophobia), confined spaces (claustrophobia) or fear of heights (acrophobia), but there are dozens of recognised phobias, many of which may seem bizarre or irrational, but that is the nature of phobias.
Here are a few of the less well known phobias: Coulrophobia (fear of clowns), Selenophobia (fear of the moon), Mysophobia (fear of dirt and germs) and Elurophobia (fear of cats).
Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is very effective in helping people break habits that have become a part of their everyday life. Habits are learned behaviour and as such, can be unlearned under hypnosis.
As with treatment for other issues, the underlying idea is to look at the history of the habit, your previous attempts at beating it, why you feel it’s so difficult beat and so on.
In 2017 Aviva published a Wellbeing Report which showed that 31% of adults in the UK said they had insomnia; that equates to about 16m people – so don’t worry, you’re not alone!