Updated: Apr 17
Lets start by talking about what hypnosis is, and why use it!
Hypnosis is a state of mind, in which our conscious mind, which is normally in control of our thoughts and behaviour, relaxes and allows our sub-conscious mind to take over for a little while, almost like putting our mind on auto-pilot. It is a natural state that you probably find yourself in a couple of times a day, generally when we are daydreaming.
You can also be guided into a hypnotic trance by a hypnotist, you can see stage hypnotists who are able to shock people into a hypnotic trance by grabbing their arm or something similar, and there are hypnotherapists, like me, who talk to their clients guiding them to relax their mind and body until they are in a state of hypnosis.
The important thing to remember is that when you are in a hypnotic trance you are totally in control at all times, which is also why we are able to do 'self-hypnosis'
There are many reasons why hypnosis is beneficial, and why hypnotherapists use hypnosis during their therapy sessions:
Clients are more suggestible whilst in a hypnotic trance, meaning their subconscious can accept ideas it might not necessarily 'allow in' whilst in everyday awareness. For example after years of self talk telling you 'I'm not good enough' you may struggle to accept that you are actually good enough, but your subconscious may be more willing to believe the statement 'you are good enough' when it is delivered as a suggestion in hypnosis.
Hypnosis can allow you to process emotions that you experienced in the past, via accessing memories that have possibly been suppressed or repressed.
Whilst in a hypnotic trance it can be easier to 'connect the dots' if you are searching for an answer to something, by gently prompting you whilst in hypnosis you will probably find you knew the answer yourself all along.
Hypnosis can be a really powerful relaxation tool for people who are suffering from stress or anxiety.
So why self-hypnosis and how does that work?
Self-hypnosis is exactly how it sounds, the ability to be able to put yourself into a hypnotic trance at will. The main benefit to learning self-hypnosis is that you can enjoy a deep level of relaxation whenever you need to. And we can all use a little relaxation right?!
I teach self-hypnosis as an important part of the hypnobirthing classes I lead, using hypnosis during labour women can achieve deep relaxation during their birth, can stay positive and confident and actually feel like time spent in pain is much shorter than it actually is.
Although pregnancy and birth is a perfect opportunity for using self hypnosis, it can be a wonderful tool for:
Managing pain flare-ups for conditions such as fibromyalgia or endometriosis
For experiences that make you anxious, for example, hospital appointments
When you struggle to switch off at night before sleep
To help give you a little confidence before a meeting or interview
When you are struggling to make a decision and want a little help to look inside and see what you really want
How do I achieve self-hypnosis?
There are many ways self-hypnosis can be achieved
Listening to a guided hypnosis tape or download, you can try my free anxiety self-hypnosis track here
Simply counting your breaths in and out, and focusing on slowly relaxing each of your body parts
Imagining your favourite, most relaxing place, focusing on all of the things you can see, hear, touch and smell.
Some top tips for Self-Hypnosis
Don't start by trying to 'empty your mind', this is really hard to do and you will probably end up frustrated, which is the opposite of what we are trying to achieve! Instead allow thoughts to drift in if they want to, and only focus on the ones that feel helpful or relevant.
Remember that learning a new skill takes time and practice, stick with it!
There are no right or wrong ways to do it, whatever works for you is perfect!
If you have any questions about self-hypnosis, or hypnotherapy please feel free to send me a message, I am always happy to talk about it!
If you are interested in learning about self-hypnosis as part of my hypnobirthing classes you can book your place here:
Or if you would like to book a hypnotherapy session with me you can do that here:
I look forward to hearing from you, have a great week