In hypnotherapy, you will experience sense of deep relaxation with your attention narrowed down. You will not be in a deep sleep, as some imagine, but instead you will actually be in an enhanced state of awareness, concentrating entirely on your therapist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is suppressed and the subconscious mind is revealed. Your therapist will then be able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to you, the seeds of which become firmly planted.
Hypnotherapy aims to re-programme patterns of behaviour within your mind, enabling irrational fears, phobias, negative thoughts and suppressed emotions to be overcome. As your body is released from conscious control during the relaxed trance-like state of hypnosis, breathing becomes slower and deeper, the pulse rate drops and the metabolic rate falls. Similar changes along nervous pathways and hormonal channels enable the sensation of pain to become less acute, and the awareness of unpleasant symptoms, such as nausea or indigestion, to be alleviated. Hypnotherapy is particularly effective in helping with addictions, phobias, and anxiety.