The benefits of hypnotherapy should not be underestimated. Hypnosis can be used for a wide variety of problems and it has become more recognised by the medical profession in recent years. Most people are generally familiar with stage hypnosis and it unfortunately does not provide the most accurate insights of the subject due to the fact that individuals are seen losing control of themselves on stage.
Contrary to popular beliefs, you do not lose control. You are conscious of your surroundings at all times and your awareness is increased. I feel people can be quite sceptical about hypnotherapy as a consequence of receiving a distorted impression conveyed by stage hypnosis. When applied correctly, hypnotherapy can have long term benefits for health, wellbeing and happiness.
What is hypnotherapy?:

When you are hypnotised, it simply means you have entered a deeply relaxed state in which you become more receptive to positive suggestions. This feeling can be compared to how you feel just before you drift off to sleep at night.

In the hypnotic state, the conscious mind is temporarily suspended and it becomes easier to focus awareness on the subconscious mind. It is within this part of the mind, where our behaviour and reactions are governed.


Our experiences have the ability to influence our behaviour. This is known as conditioning. Previously conditioned responses and reactions to our personal experiences are stored within the subconscious mind. The unconscious mind stores a vast amount of information which is not readily accessible to the conscious mind and it can be accessed under hypnosis.

Hypnosis can reduce the effects of stress and anxiety and it can help create a beneficial change as to how you approach your life. When you learn to become deeply relaxed, you are less likely to succumb to the negative effects of stress.

Smoking Cessation:

Hypnotherapy can help you overcome addictive behaviour and it has helped many people to quit smoking. It is possible to change conditioned behaviour in relation to smoking and when you are deeply relaxed under hypnosis, the subconscious mind will be more receptive to positive suggestions. These suggestions, if accepted by the subconscious mind effectively ‘rewire’ thinking in relation to smoking. This is also known as NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and it is often used in conjunction with hypnotherapy.

Fears and Phobias:

Hypnosis can also address subconscious reasons behind the existence of a phobia. If a hypnotherapist asks focused questions as to why a subject has a specific reaction to something, the subject will be more likely to respond with an accurate insight as to why they react in a certain way. As soon as the subject communicates with their subconscious mind, they are more able to address the cause and find a solution which cures the fear behind the phobia.

Self empowerment:

Hypnotherapy can also increase your confidence and your potential for personal growth. The reason it can work so well is related to your belief in the benefits of hypnotherapy. If you believe hypnotherapy will work, it will! Hypnotherapy works when you readily accept positive suggestions under hypnosis. Hypnosis is simply a deeply relaxed state. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful tool for self empowerment if you understand how it works. If you are looking for the solution as to why hypnotherapy works, it is all down to you!

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