So what exactly is hypnotherapy?
When I first started to become interested in hypnotherapy I felt that I had lots of questions that needed answering before I could even think about being hypnotised. I had seen programmes where members of the public or even TV presenters were hypnotised as a form of entertainment. Images of people believing they were monkeys or jumping up from a chair that suddenly “turned hot” were at the front of my mind. I felt I had to overcome these concerns before placing my life in the hands of someone that may be able to take control of my mind and make me believe I was a silver backed gorilla!
One point I was aware of during my research was the rumour that hypnosis would put me into a deep sleep.I had seen movies as a child when the hypnotist looked at someone and said words to the effect of “look into my eyes….you are feeling sleepy”….I guess that’s where my thoughts came from. Wow – someone could really take over my mind? Well…no. If it was really that easy then any car salesperson would simply learn and apply the techniques of hypnosis to ensure 100% of customers bought a new vehicle. This is simply not the case.
So as a starting point, I believe it more than reasonable for anyone thinking about hypnotherapy to ask the question “what is it and how does it work?” After all – I did! The what is it question can beanswered by the following simple explanation: