Melbourne Hypnotist Explains Hypnotherapy

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in General

Facts About Hypnosis

Your Melbourne hypnotherapist can provide a detailed explanation of hypnotherapy so you can learn why it is so powerful and how it can help you.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably read all kinds of myths about hypnotherapy that leave you feeling nervous and unsure about the process. Caution is a good thing and you should always educate yourself before jumping into anything. Just make sure you get your information from a credible source.

I’m going to being by explaining the term ‘hypnosis’:

This word is derived from the Greek word ‘hypnos’, which means “sleep.” Actually that’s a bit of a red herring, because when you’re in hypnosis you’re not actually asleep. You’re in a heightened state of awareness called a trance. Your hypnotherapist’s voice is designed to help you enter this deep state of relaxation so that your mind is receptive and open to the suggestions for positive change that she provides.

This does not mean that a hypnotherapist can take control of your mind or make you do things you wouldn’t normally have a predisposition to do; rather, her primary role is to help you to get in touch with your own inner resources that enable you to make the changes you need to make. All of this is done with your willingness and conscious consent.

The History of Hypnosis

Let’s talk about the facts: throughout history, shamans and other religious leaders have used trance states in many of their rituals and practices. Even as early as the 1700s, Franz Mesmer used magnets and other techniques to heal his patients. He coined the phrase ‘Animal Magnetism’ through his work with magnets.  Sigmund Freud dabbled with hypnosis for a time, as did Milton Erickson.

These days it has been widely recognised as an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, weight loss, smoking and many other things. Overall it’s said to have around a 90% success rate worldwide.

How it Helps

I’ve been amazed over the years of practising how the flow on effect of treating one problem can ripple into other areas of life. For example, many of my clients report that as an adjunct to the work we are doing together, their quality of sleep improves. I believe this is because my approach is a holistic one. Very often the cause of one problem is also the cause of many others as well.

But don’t take my word for it. There have been many research articles and papers devoted to the subject of hypnosis, like this research article, which proved that hypnosis can be effective in reducing anxiety for patients who are about to have surgery.

You can read more research papers that prove hypnosis works.

It is my personal opinion that it’s not enough to treat the symptom. Symptoms such as smoking, overeating, gambling and shopping addiction are in many cases the result of deeper issues that can be addressed relatively quickly using hypnotherapy. The key is to find a skilled and experienced Melbourne hypnotherapist who knows how to get to the bottom of things in a logical, systematic manner. So do your research and you will be rewarded!