During your first visit, you will be asked about your medical history and what brought you in – what condition you would like to address. The Hypnotist may explain to you what hypnosis is and how it works. You will then be directed through relaxation techniques, using a series of mental images and suggestions intended to change behaviours and relieve symptoms. For example, people who have panic attacks may be given the suggestion that, in the future, they will be able to relax whenever they want. The Hypnotist will often also teach you the basics of self-hypnosis and, where applicable, give you a recording to use at home in-between sessions and after treatment is completed, so you can reinforce what you learn during the session.
How many treatments will I need?
This is entirely client-dependent. The first session is usually slightly longer, but thereafter, each session lasts up to an hour, and most people start to see results within 1- 3 sessions. You and your Hypnotist will monitor and evaluate your progress. Children are generally easily hypnotised and may respond after only one or two visits – be guided by your Hypnotist as to whether or not follow-up sessions are recommended (an ethical Hypnotist will never keep you returning to sessions unnecessarily).
What illnesses or conditions respond well to hypnosis?
Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings – from emergency rooms to dental offices to outpatient clinics. Clinical studies suggest that hypnosis may improve immune function, increase relaxation, decrease stress, and ease pain and feelings of anxiety.
Hypnosis can reduce the fear and anxiety that some people feel prior to medical or dental procedures. For example, hypnosis may improve recovery time and reduce anxiety and even pain following surgery. Clinical trials on burn patients suggest that hypnosis decreases pain (often enough to replace pain medication) and speeds healing. Generally, clinical studies show that using hypnosis may reduce your need for medication (with permission from your GP), improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover.
A Hypnotist can teach you self-regulation skills. For instance, someone with arthritis may learn to turn down pain like the volume on a radio. Hypnosis can also be used to help manage chronic illness. Self-hypnosis can enhance a sense of control, which is often lacking when someone has a chronic illness.
Clinical studies on children in emergency treatment centres show that hypnosis reduces fear, anxiety, and discomfort.
Among many other conditions / disorders, self-esteem & confidence issues also respond well to Hypnosis.
What have you got to lose?
Hypnosis is known to assist with (but is not limited to):
- stop smoking
- focus & concentration / ADD / ADHD
- weight loss / exercise motivation
- stress / anxiety / self esteem
- sports performance
- pain control
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (spastic colon)
- abuse – child / adult
- reducing alcohol usage
- reducing chocolate addiction
- control of anger / rage
- coping with HIV / AIDS
- nail biting
- bed wetting
- sleep disorders
- forensics / age regression
- past trauma / negative memories
- Past Life Regression
The list is endless………