HYPNOSIS - AN ESSENTIAL TOOL OF HYPNOTHERAPY

Hypnosis Newcastle - The terms hypnosis and hypnotism are derived from neuro-hypnotism, meaning nervous sleep, which was coined by the Scott surgeon James Brain in 1841. Hypnosis can be defined as a trance like state in which the subject is amenable to extreme suggestibility, relaxation and vivid imagination. There are two theories regarding hypnosis the first is the State Theory and the other is the Non-state Theory. As per the State theory, it is a mental state of the subject when under hypnosis and as per the Non-state theory, the subject is enacting an imaginative role, as suggested by the Hypnotist. There has been a list of well known persons who have dealt with the subject of hypnosis. The first was James Braid. The other prominent persons were: Franz Mesmer, Irving Kirsch, Hippolyte Bernheim, Jean-Martin Charcot Deirdre Barrett, Sigmund Freud, Pierre Janet, Clark L. Hull, Dave Elman etc. The hypnotic state is achieved by hypnotic induction. Hypnotic induction involves a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions, either directly to the subject by the hypnotist, or it may be self administered. The hypnotist has to give the instructions to the subject for self administration and the subject can thereafter carry out the instructions himself for hypnotic induction. There is a misconception that a subject in a hypnotic state is in a state of sleep like unconscious. This is not true as research suggests that the subject is fully awake, but is only focussing attention on what he is doing, while being oblivious to anything else. Most people are aware of hypnosis used for entertainment, which is called stage hypnosis. On stage, the subject is induced to carry out different acts to entertain the audience. In an average population, about 10% are extremely suggestible and they make good subjects for hypnosis. 80% of the population fall under the average category and can be hypnotized, but may need a higher level of hypnotic induction. The balance 10% is not suggestible and hence cannot be hypnotized.

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat various illnesses. It is becoming increasingly popular and qualified practitioners are found in almost all cities. When you visit a hypnotherapist for the first time, you will have to give a detailed medical history. It is essential that you have a diagnosis from your physician as to your medical condition, before starting hypnotherapy. This is to ensure that the hypnotherapist will give the correct therapy to suit your condition. The hypnotherapist will instruct you on various techniques of relaxation, by using a series of mental images as well as suggestions. This has the effect of changing your behavioural patterns, thus leading to relief in your symptoms. To cite an example of those who have attacks of anxiety, the hypnotherapist will induce a suggestion, so that in the future the patient will be able to relax when he has an attack of anxiety. The hypnotherapist will also teach you the basics of self

hypnosis and he will give you audio tapes which will reinforce the technique you have learnt. A patient generally needs 4 to 10 sessions before noticing positive results. As the sessions progress, the hypnotherapist will be able to monitor your progress and evaluate the efficacy of the sessions. Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. It is used in a wide variety of places from the dentist to outpatient clinics. It has been used effectively to reduce labour pains. It has been successfully used to help people overcome their smoking habit. Lifelong smokers have been able to kick the habit after attending hypnotherapy sessions. There are patients who are terrified of a visit to the dentist. However, after undergoing hypnotherapy and learning relaxing techniques, they are able to overcome their fear of visiting the dentist. Some of the illnesses and conditions which can be treated by hypnotherapy are: -Fear of visiting a dentist -Reducing labour pains -Reducing fear, anxiety and panic attacks -Decreasing pain so that pain medication can be reduced -Speed up healing -Irritable bowel syndrome -Migraine and tension headaches -Reduce asthma attacks -Overcome phobias -Insomnia -Stop smoking or other addictions -Skin disorders -Tinnitus -Eating disorders Hypnotherapy is a holistic and scientific way of getting an illness or condition under control. The mind is used to have a positive effect on the body. Children respond much more quickly to hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is a useful and effective form of treatment. You can contact Hypnotherapy Newcastle by visiting the site http://nigelhetherington.co.uk. You can also contact them by using their helpline.