What Is Hypnosis All About? 

When you think about hypnosis, the first thought that probably comes to mind is those weirdos on stage making people run around like chickens! Well, I’m not going to lie, I thought exactly the same thing. In fact, I would describe myself as a total cynic…. until I trained to become a Hypnosis Practitioner that is…. then it all changed. I was hypnotised and I watched other people being hypnotised and I found the whole process absolutely fascinating.

The word hypnosis comes from ancient Greek and means “a mental state like sleep”. Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation in the body, and heightened awareness within the mind. It involves tapping into your subconscious and reprogramming the mind to change. Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical side is made more alert. The practice works by putting you into a deeply relaxed state, which makes you more receptive to suggestions. By the end of a session, these ideas are planted deeply in the patient’s mind – without them even being aware.


What Does It Feel Like To Be Hypnotised?

It is similar to being in a day dream, like when you are driving your car and you get from A to B, but you have no idea how you made the journey. You are in a deep state of relaxation. You are in control. You can hear everything that is being said to you and your unconscious mind is listening to what is being said. Suggestions are being taken in by your unconscious mind. You’re fully aware the whole time of what’s happening.


Does Hypnosis Work?

The important question, does hypnosis work? Ever since Matt Damon went on national TV and told Jay Leno that using hypnosis was “the greatest decision I ever made in my life” it seems that everyone in Hollywood is now trying hypnosis. Everyone from Adele (stage fright) to Drew Barrymore (smoking) is said to have turned to it. If you are considering using hypnosis, then it is important to go with an open mind. If you’re too skeptical, your mind won’t let suggestions take hold and it definitely won’t work!


Work With Me

I am a certified hypnosis practitioner, so if you are interested in losing weight, quitting smoking or building your confidence, then this could be for you. I only practice hypnosis face to face, so if you are London based and are interested in finding out more, please get in contact with me at caroline@raisethebarlifecoaching.co.uk