Hypnosis is actually a very everyday state of mind that you’d often experience when you watch a favourite television programme. What takes place in the consulting room is just as normal and non-magical, with predictable results.
There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated, or even induced into a deep trance state. Hypnosis is not the same as being asleep, patients are often more aware of what is taking place than usual and their senses function more efficiently than normal. Nobody could possibly be made to do anything that they did not want to do, and anybody can enter the hypnotic state.
Hypnotherapy is being used increasingly along-side orthodox medicine as a valuable alternative to drugs to control the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, to reduce insomnia, relieve panic attacks and control pain.
In the hypnotherapy clinic just the spoken voice is used to induce hypnosis and, although there isn’t a feeling of being hypnotised as such, you will probably experience a feeling of mental and physical relaxation, and your memory may well be enhanced.
There is no reason why anyone should put up with something which they feel is ‘inside themselves but outside their control.’
Jonathan Manning has been practising for over 25 years. He is a fellow of the International Association for Evidence Based Psychotherapy, which is dedicated to the professional and ethical use of hypnosis and psychotherapy for the treatment of nervous disorders and emotional problems. Full bio.