Hypnosis

Hypnosis – Guiding you Towards Inner Change

What is hypnosis?

  • Have you ever been so absorbed in a book or movie that you forgot all about the time?
  • Have you ever been lost in a daydream?
  • If you have then you know what hypnosis feels like. It’s a natural state of mind. A state of
    relaxed, concentrated attention on a specific idea or thought.
  • When we use this state of mind to improve our health and well – being we call it clinical
    hypnosis or hypnotherapy.

What hypnosis is not!

  • Hypnosis is not sleep. Although words such as ‘sleep’ and ‘trance’ have been associated with hypnosis you are actually more alert and focussed yet relaxed. You can hear everything and can talk, laugh or cry if you want to.
  • Hypnosis does not make you forget. You will remember what is important for you to remember.
  • Being hypnotised does not mean you have no willpower or have a weak mind. You are never under the control of the hypnotherapist. In fact, hypnosis teaches you ways to get more control over your symptoms. The hypnotherapist acts like a guide showing you the way but the journey is yours. Your willingness and co-operation in the process will allow you to achieve the maximum benefit of the therapy.
  • You will never say or do anything that you do not want to do. Clinical hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnosis!
  • Memories retrieved during hypnosis are not always true but may be important to therapy.
  • After going into hypnosis you will always ‘wake up’ and be completely orientated to your surroundings.
  • You can never be hypnotised against your will. It is said that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis!

Hypnosis and the mind

  • When you think about what you are doing, make plans, solve problems and make judgements you are using your conscious mind. It is like using manual controls.
  • However there are times when you don’t have to think about something to do it. As you are reading you do not have to think ‘now I am reading’!
  • The part of the mind that makes this happen is called the unconscious mind.

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  • The name is misleading because it is definitely not asleep.
  • This part of your mind also controls the automatic functions of the body like heart rate and breathing. It contains a record of everything that has ever happened to you, everything you have learnt, your habits, feelings, attitudes and beliefs. It works like an autopilot controlling how you react to the world and also how your body works.
  • We are on autopilot using the unconscious mind 90-95% of the time. That is why it is difficult to keep all those New Year’s resolutions!
  • Hypnosis allows you to reach the unconscious mind to begin the process of change that is of benefit to you.

What can hypnotherapy help with?

  • Hypnosis has been used for centuries to relieve pain. There is now plenty of scientific evidence supporting the benefit of hypnotherapy for pain control. It also has no side effects!
    Stopping smoking . Nail biting . Weight control . Healthy eating . Sport performance . Performance anxiety . Memory and concentration . Self confidence . Phobias . Compulsions and compulsive behaviour . Emotional problems . Sleep problems . Inhibitions . Anxiety and panic . Worries . Stress reduction . Blood pressure . IBS . Self-image problems . Childbirth . Skin problems . Bed wetting . Some sexual problems

What to expect at your hypnotherapy session

  • During the first session the hypnotherapist will take a detailed clinical history and discuss what you would like to achieve. You will then be guided into a relaxed state and asked to follow suggestions that may involve using your imagination. As everyone is unique, your treatment plan will be individual to your needs. You will be taught self-hypnosis as part of therapy.
  • The first session usually takes about 90 minutes and subsequent sessions can take between 60-90 minutes.

How to ask for help?

Mr Salil Das is offering this service at the Rodger Duckworth Physiotherapy Practice.

Please speak to reception for further details.

Salil qualified with a Medical Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis (MDCH) from The London College of Clinical Hypnosis and is passionate about helping people to resolve, overcome and manage their own personal challenges.

Salil Das BSc (Hons), MDCH, BSCH (Assoc), MCSP
Clinical Hypnotherapist

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