What happens, and what it feels like to be in hypnosis?
When you are in a state of hypnosis you will be in a very comfortable and pleasant state of relaxation. When going into a hypnotic trance your breathing and heartbeat rhythms slow down. At the same time your brain produces more Alpha waves. Alpha waves are the brain waves that are associated with quiet and receptive states.
When hypnotised, the subconscious part of your mind becomes open and receptive to original good ideas and suggestions, and your mind can develop better ways of thinking. The thoughts in your mind will become freer from the limitations of your conscious analytical mind. The deeper the hypnotic state that you go into, the more concentrated and focused your mind will become.
Often when in a hypnotic state, subconscious belief can be amenable to positive change. That can result in good and improved changes to the body’s internal physical working. Psychologically self-limiting or inappropriate or self-destructive behaviours can be made healthier. This is hypnotherapy in action.
To go into a trance state without actually knowing you are in one, is quite common. Examples of this include: day dreaming, becoming ‘lost’ and fully engrossed in a book, film or music. If you’ve gone on a journey and can’t quite remember how you got there, then you’ve been in a mild hypnotic trance state.
Will I lose my sense of being in control when hypnotised?
No, when you are in hypnosis, you cannot be made to do anything that you would not ordinarily do or that would be against your will or better judgment or that would conflict with your inner beliefs and values.
Some conditions which hypnotherapy (hypnosis) can help?
There are many different physical and psychological conditions that hypnotherapy (hypnosis) can help, including:
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for chronic pain, e.g. arthritic pain, back pain, neck pain, headache, fibromyalgia, jaw pain
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for fertility, IVF and conception
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for tinnitus
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for weight loss
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for stress and anxiety related disorders
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for phobias
- Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) for self-confidence
- Other conditions
Are there any risks associated with hypnotherapy (hypnosis)?
Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is not dangerous. However, if it is not appropriately used, there may be cause for concern. It could happen if the person providing the hypnotherapy (hypnosis), because of their limited medical background or medical knowledge, has not taken an adequate history and has missed an underlying health problem. In such a situation some other form of care from a doctor or other health care professional may be more appropriate rather than using hypnotherapy (hypnosis) as a treatment.
Do I need to be referred?
You don't need to be referred to have hypnotherapy with us. We regularly see patients from Godmanchester, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives, Cambridge, Peterborough and other towns in Cambridgeshire.