Donald Currie, Hypnotherapist at the Helix Healthcare Group, outlines what hypnotherapy is and how it can help you break free from destructive behaviours. Watch the video or read the script below.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness. Contrary to popular belief hypnosis is not a state of sleep. We actually go into hypnosis about 4 times per hour, we just don’t realize it. You go into hypnosis when you watch television, when you drive a car, when you play sports, when you exercise, even when you go on the internet you go into a state of hypnosis.
The subconscious mind is where all of our automatic processes are stored. All of our habits, all of our behaviours, our heart rate, our breathing, all of those things that we don’t think about on a daily basis are all stored within the subconscious mind. So hypnosis is the actual state and when we are using hypnosis to help someone we are accessing that part of the mind so that we can start to work with those automatic processes to change those so that someone can then move forward and make the changes that they desire.
At a base level it can be used for obviously the typical things that people are aware of like smoking, weight loss and stress management. At Helix Healthcare Group we tend to use hypnosis for things like anxiety, when people are feeling sad or angry or they have old emotions that they are still carrying from early life and they need to release those. We use hypnosis to help with that. We also use hypnosis to assist people in developing more will power and self-control when it comes to dealing with an addiction so they can tap into their inner resources and learn how to manage themselves better.
It takes anywhere from 2 to 3 sessions to start noticing a change. It can take upwards to 10 sessions for a change to be longer lasting and more permanent, but each case is different and everyone varies. Some people respond to hypnosis after the first session, but the average is about 10 sessions to really get a lasting change with hypnosis. It depends on the client and it depends also on the other treatments they are doing as well.
At Helix, we use hypnosis with other treatments like psychotherapy, sound therapy, and massage therapy.
So at Helix, it’s slightly different.
People will remember everything that happens in a session. It’s subconscious, not unconscious so it’s not a state of sleep, it’s somewhere in between. Sometimes what happens with hypnosis is people zone out or they stop paying attention, almost like when you’re daydreaming and all of a sudden you realize you don’t even know what just happened. That sometimes happens with hypnosis, but for the most part, people remember everything that happens during a session – unless they zone out.
If you can lose yourself in a book, if you’re driving down a highway and your mind starts to drift and wonder and the car seems to be driving itself, or if you can watch a movie and get sucked into the story, then chances are you’re highly hypnotizable.
The best way to describe being in hypnosis is when you’re lying on the beach, and you’re not asleep and you’re not awake, you’re somewhere in between – it’s sort of that peaceful, relaxed state, where you don’t have a care in the world. That’s what hypnosis feels like. It’s a very calming, very relaxing, very rejuvenating experience.
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