Hypnotherapy is guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one's own thoughts or meditations. Hypnotherapy has been used for over 100 years to help people with issues from low self-esteem to breaking bad habits. Hypnotherapy is not like what you see in stage shows,There are no swinging pocket watches. In a hypnotherapy session, you are in control the whole time. You will hear the suggestions made to you, and you will be able to remember them after the session.
Hypnosis is a perfectly natural, indeed a very restful state, where the body is in a deep state of relaxation but the mind remains alert. When a person is hypnotised they become physically relaxed and their brainwaves enter the alpha state. This allows the hypnotist to bypass resistance from the conscious mind and make positive suggestions which will help the individual release unhelpful beliefs, values and emotional or behavioural patterns and find within themselves their skills, strengths and abilities.
Although there are different techniques, clinical hypnotherapy is generally performed in a calm, therapeutic environment. The therapist will guide you into a relaxed, focused state and ask you to think about experiences and situations in positive ways that can help you change the way you think and behave. In order to change an unhealthy habit we have to build positive associations to a new behavior at the subconscious level, first. Using relaxation techniques, imagery and the power of suggestion, hypnotherapy is a fantastic tool to “reprogram our software.”