“The only way to separate the mind from the body is with a guillotine.”
It is now well accepted that our thoughts, feelings and attitudes can positively or negatively influence our physical function.
That is, it is possible to create physiological change in our bodies, using our minds.
Many studies confirm the power of this ‘mind-body link’ by showing that people who regularly adopt positive mental and emotional practices tend to experience better health outcomes.
Hypnosis allows us to communicate with, and receive communications from, the unconscious mind.
Hypnosis has the capacity to produce profound physiological effects and is very different to deep relaxation in terms of its benefits and therapeutic outcomes.
Under hypnosis, and with your permission, your mental assets are harnessed to help your body create beneficial changes, and to deal with any difficulties you may be experiencing.
In simple terms, hypnosis may be seen as activating the right cerebral hemisphere, which is responsible for our intuition, creativity, insight and imagination.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
The power of the imagination, especially when used in hypnosis, can lead to very beneficial changes.
Hypnosis has been used successfully in many situations, including:
During hypnosis, you do not lose consciousness or self-control (despite what you may have seen on some TV shows). You will hear everything that is said and you can speak if you wish.
There is a common mis-conception that entering hypnosis means giving up control, and that the hypnotist has some sort of ‘power’ or ‘control’ over a person, whereas in fact you will be gaining more control as you learn how to utilise your mind and the hypnotic state to help yourself.
You will not ‘blurt out’ your secrets, and you will be totally aware of what you are saying and whether you wish to say it or not.
During hypnosis, you may feel as though you are in a daydream, or as though you are absorbed in a good book. You can speak and move if you wish, without coming out of hypnosis.
The hypnotherapist can only help you with your co-operation and active participation. The aim of the session is that it will be a positive experience for you, and that it will benefit you, but at any point, if you feel uncomfortable, you can simply open your eyes and come out of hypnosis.
So, to recap the main points – in hypnosis:
Our mind is possibly the most powerful mechanism at our disposal to facilitate healing, yet is little used by doctors as a therapeutic tool within Medicine.
At Quantum Clinic we do not ignore, but rather value and utilise this potent resource for your benefit and wellbeing.
With thanks to BSCAH for training and materials.