In order to understand hypnotherapy, we first need to understand hypnosis. During hypnosis, we enter an altered state of consciousness similar to meditation or day dreaming. Our bodies and minds become calm, and we experience a profound feeling of relaxation.
Hypnosis itself is usually a very pleasant experience, however when we combine it with suggestions, questions and/or guided self-enquiry it becomes "hypnotherapy" and an even more powerful tool.
So, hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis within a therapeutic framework in order to help you resolve particular issues or challenges affecting your life. People are not treated with hypnosis, but rather in hypnosis. While in this state of trance, the logical, thinking side of the brain is temporarily bypassed, and the emotional, feeling side of the brain becomes more accessible. This is the part of the brain that reacts rather than responds, and as such, holds the key to many of our behavioural patterns and habits.
Hypnosis acts like the zoom lens on a camera and helps us zoom in and become focussed and concentrated on the task at hand. Lasting changes can then be achieved quickly and effectively, maximising your potential and helping you to move forward in your life and get to where you want to be.
The description below is taken from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis.
"All hypnotic states are characterised by a tremendously pleasant state of relaxation, which individuals allow themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the part of the mind known as the subconscious. Under hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the subconscious part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to therapy. During the trance state there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours and gaining insight and wisdom.
Although hypnosis may be light, medium or deep, a medium trance is usually used during which metabolism, breathing and heartbeat slow and the brain produces alpha waves. Normal states of consciousness i.e. sleeping, dreaming, being awake, can be detected in the wave patterns produced by the brain. The state of hypnosis differs from all three. The brain waves associated with quiet, receptive states are called alpha waves. In alpha states, the body gradually relaxes. Hypnosis, meditation, day dreaming, being absorbed in a book or music or television, driving and arriving at your destination without recalling all the usual landmarks etc. are good examples of alpha states.
The trance state is therefore a natural phenomenon. Clinical Hypnosis practised by a trustworthy and professionally qualified therapist is completely safe."
Anyone can be hypnotised if they want to be, and similarly, no one can be hypnotised who does not want to be.
People often ask ‘will I remain in control?’ and the most common concern regarding hypnosis is the fear of losing control and unintentionally 'blurting out' or revealing private or personal information. This cannot happen. The hypnotherapist can only guide clients and cannot make you do anything. Stage hypnotherapists, for instance, work with people who have volunteered to get up on stage, and who are ready and willing to perform.
You will retain control at all times. During hypnosis your attention is focused on your internal world, so you are even more aware of physical and psychological changes and consequently more in control of yourself. You will have no problem in ignoring the hypnotherapist completely if what is being said doesn’t resonate with you or make sense to you.
If you do allow yourself to experience hypnosis however, you can reach a deeply relaxed state where lasting healing can take place.
I specialise in helping women enjoy their pregnancy to the full. This can include reducing anxiety, controlling morning sickness, relieving discomforts associated with pregnancy, improving sleep, helping the baby turn down to the vertex position and even bringing on labour. HypnoBirthing courses are a wonderful way to prepare for the arrival of your baby, and are also so much more than just a childbirth preparation class.
Hypnotherapy can be used to address a wide-range of issues. The body-mind connection means that our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are! (Similarly, what we do with our physical body - what we eat, how much we exercise, even our posture - can impact on our mental state).
Hypnotherapy can help you examine, acknowledge and if necessary, release unwanted and unhelpful thoughts, feelings, attitudes and beliefs, leaving you freer to live the life you would like to lead, improving self-esteem and reducing anxiety.
Hypnosis is very relaxing and I teach people to use self-hypnosis for relaxation. Self-hypnosis can be learned relatively easily as all hypnosis is actually a form of self-hypnosis. In order to support and maximise the benefits of therapy sessions, I believe it is important to provide tangible tools and techniques so that you can continue to work on the process and enjoy the effects at home. This often includes a personal tailor-made recording.
Your first session will last approximately 60 minutes, during which time we will get to know one another, and discuss a care plan for you designed to meet your specific needs. There is no charge for this initial session, after which, some issues can be dealt with in only one or two hypnotherapy sessions, whilst others may take longer.
If you would like to know more, or have any questions, you are welcome to give me a call on 2185 87 81 or get in touch here.
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Thanks for yesterday, it was great! After our session, I felt so euphoric that my husband even said that it was a little creepy how much I was smiling lol. I feel good and have been feeling so much more loving and appreciative of my family. I am definitely more open and confident.
The two hypnosis sessions that you and I did have really completely changed my perspective on things... Thanks Georgina, you've been amazing!
Jeg kom til dig engang og er overrasket over hvad det har gjort ved mig. Jeg er blevet så lettet og alle de tanker jeg havde om hvad andre tænker osv. er næsten væk. Det er så skønt at have det så godt og mærke en forskel.
Tusind tak for din hjælp, gode ord, teknik og i det hele taget, din hjælp og de hjemlige omgivelser du har, synes jeg var meget behageligt.
Georgina made me feel very comfortable and not the least bit stupid. As a result of the hypnotherapy and TFT, I in my late 50's, no longer panic when I go under water and I can now swim underwater as well. This makes me feel much happier particularly when I am on holiday. I don't feel left out now when playing with the grandchildren in the pool or the sea. Thank you Georgina.
It went just as I hoped Georgina. The balloon breathing was really effective - feel I got the most out of every surge. So happy it was possible to use hypnobirthing in my last birth.
Thanks you Georgina, I felt great today after I left you, my face is so relaxed and I can feel a difference - looks like reiki is so miraculous and I really appreciate your help.