Hypnotherapy isn’t just for a few laughs

NOT VOODOO: Hypnosis involves swinging clocks to put someone in a dream like state right? Wrong.
NOT VOODOO: Hypnosis involves swinging clocks to put someone in a dream like state right? Wrong.

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Susan Crozier, clinical hypnotherapist, debunks the myths of hypnosis 

Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool for accessing the subconscious mind and achieving personal goals or affecting desired changes. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques.

Despite its awesome power, there are few procedures less understood, or more plagued by misconceptions.

Hypnosis has existed since prehistoric times, and western medicine has been trying to understand it since the 1700's. But it has only been within the last two decades we have truly begun to understand what hypnosis is, and what it can do for us.

Unfortunately, many of the misconceptions still exist in people's minds.

If you ask the average person what they think hypnosis is, they may respond with: sleep, unconsciousness, mind control, or even magic.

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These misconceptions prevent people, who could benefit from hypnotherapy, from ever trying it.

Hypnosis is not sleep, mind control, or even magic. It is a heightened state of awareness. In most cases the subject is fully aware and able to respond to requests, either verbally or by a signal.

No one can be hypnotised against his or her will; and no one can be forced to do anything against their will.

Hypnosis is now considered to be a state of selective thinking, where the subject chooses to experience only what is relevant to the task at hand.

It is a method for communicating directly with the subconscious mind. 

The causes for many bad habits are rooted in memories or perceptions that may be forgotten by the conscious mind, but retained in the subconscious. There are many areas where it has proven to be helpful including memory enhancement, improving concentration, relieving insomnia, overcoming phobias, eliminating bad habits and addictions (such as smoking, binge drinking or overeating), pain control, managing stress and emotions.

Hypnosis is a tool anyone can use and everyone should understand.