Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are different. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of awareness which most of us can drift into or be guided into by a hypnotherapist. Hypnotherapy, which is also known as clinical hypnosis, is the therapeutic use of hypnosis.
At Headstart, both are safe and have no side effects. To give you a better understanding of what each one is, how they work and what they can and can’t do, here is what you need to know.
It doesn’t matter whether you drift into hypnosis yourself or guided in by a hypnotherapist, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. If you are open to hypnosis and can focus your attention, you can be hypnotised.
Awakened hypnosis and sleep-type hypnosis are the two main types. It doesn’t matter which type you are in, you are relaxed and not asleep, you have awareness which also means that you are always in control.
If you’ve zoned out, last track of time or parts of your journey when you’re driving, you’ve experienced awakened hypnosis. It naturally happens when you are comfortable or relaxed, your mind is focused and you become absorbed in what you’re doing. Adults drift in and out of awakened hypnosis around 600 times every day, and children; 800.
The main differences with sleep-type hypnosis are that you have your eyes closed, it is slightly or much deeper than awakened hypnosis and you consciously take yourself in or are guided in by a hypnotherapist. It’s similar to when you’re drifting off to sleep at night or waking up in the morning when you’re not quite awake or asleep.
Brain scans show that in hypnosis, more of the brain is active than at any other time. They also show that neuroplasticity: the brain’ natural ability to rewire itself by forming new neural pathways and connections to increase health and wellbeing, significantly increases too.
Clinical hypnosis is a mind-body medicine and a hugely successful form of counselling and psychotherapy. It is the only therapy able to work with the deeper parts of the mind, which makes it much more powerful.
At Headstart, we make it even more powerful by tailoring treatment to meet your specific needs. It can help you to make the changes you want to make and achieve your dreams, goals and ambitions much more comfortably, easily and quickly than you ever thought possible.
Hypnotherapy effectively uses the increased brain activity and neuroplasticity that only occurs in hypnosis, to make positive changes in the mind and real physical and biological changes in the body. It effectively treats a wide range of stubborn and persistent psychological, physical and behavioural difficulties.
Hypnotherapy sessions include an induction (being guided into hypnosis), deepening, solution-focused treatment and an awakening. Depending on the patient and difficulty, the number of sessions varies. On average 4-6 are generally needed.
Mind-body connections are the effects our thoughts, feelings and emotions have on our physical and biological health and vice versa. In other words, our mind affects the state of our body and our body reflects the state of our mind. For instance, irritable bowel syndrome has no physical or biological cause; it is purely stress-related.