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Hypnosis vs. Hypnotherapy


To appreciate the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis, just think of hypnosis as a mechanical device and hypnotherapy as the use of that device.

Hypnosis is the tool a hypnotherapist uses to solve an issue for a client. If a professional is using hypnosis to help a client overcome an issue than that professional is a hypnotherapist. To understand what a hypnotherapist does one first must understand the basics of what hypnotism is. In its most simplistic form the word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypnos” which simply means, to sleep. Hypnotism at its most basic level is the act of putting someone into a trance like state or sleep like state. Although you are never actually asleep and in fact as you will see you are actually hyper aware.

The hypnotic trance is a very flexible tool for helping clients overcome mental and physical health problems of all kinds. Different people define a hypnotic trance differently, but the most commonly they are referring to:

    • Hyper focus and concentration
    • A deep state of relaxation
  • Increased suggestibility
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Hypnotic Trances Are Common Place

People go in and out of a trance-like states on a regular basis. For example, people zone out at work, at home, on a bus, listening to music or just watching TV. Many people put themselves into a trance-like state reading a good book. Everyone has been in a trance-like state without even realizing it. The difference between hypnosis and everyday trance like states is that, in hypnosis, a professional has induced your trance like state to achieve a personal goal like healing, weight loss, quitting smoking and many other goals that hypnotherapy can accomplish.

In a hypnotic state, we can turn your attention completely inward to find and utilize your natural resources that are deep within you make the changes you are seeking. This can help you make major changes to your life.

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What Isn’t Hypnosis?

For some people, it’s easier to understand Hypnosis by what it’s not.

For some people it’s a trick performed by a magician on a stage where the hypnotist tricks someone into acting silly like barking like a dog or squawking like a chicken. Others think it is something a con artist does to have someone do their evil bidding? The concept that a hypnotists can take over the minds of their subjects and control their actions is, of course, a media-driven myth. In a hypnotic trance state, you control all of your actions, you can hear everything around you, and you cannot be forced to do anything against your will.

In a hypnotic state you are conscious the entire time and you are awake, participating, and remembering. The whole point of hypnosis is to harness the power of your own mind. Large corporations and advertising agencies use it all the time on the general public. Advertising, movies, music and books routinely plant suggestions into your subconscious mind. Often using color and imagery to accomplish they very same thing that we do in hypnotherapy. Even people who are on stage participating in a hypnotist show operate consciously the whole time. It’s impossible for someone not to be conscious while in hypnosis, literally impossible.

What Is Hypnotherapy?

Simply put hypnotherapy is form of therapy using the tool of hypnosis to help you achieve personal goals. As we drill down into it you will learn it is a much more complex form of therapy that uses our most powerful tool, our own mind. Hypnotherapy also uses different types of hypnosis to resolve personal issues both mental and physical. For example addiction is not only a mental issue but it’s also a physical addiction that can highjack the body’s internal systems.

Hypnotherapy will relieve your emotional burdens, sometimes referred to as emotional blocks to achieve your personal goals. Often hypnotherapy is used as a complementary therapy along with more traditional medicine to alleviate all kinds of mental and physical issues. Hypnotherapy utilises the power of positive suggestion to deliver subconscious change to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Hypnotherapy puts you in a trance like state to bring you into a safe, relaxed and natural state of mind.

What is Hypnotherapy?
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Hypnotherapy generally speaking focuses your attention so that the hypnotherapist can use both the conscious and unconscious mind to facilitate the change that you desire. When you are in a hypnotic trance you are not asleep, and you are in full control of both your mind and your body. It’s a dreamy, free-floating and pleasing state of mind where you’re more aware than usual but also a lot more focused. Science has demonstrated it’s a lot like the state you are in when you meditate. MRI brain scans done on people who are in a hypnotic state show that brain wave function moves from a Beta state to an Alpha state, and sometimes, to a Theta state.

We use hypnotherapy to improve, and entirely remove, any symptom or obstacle that is caused by emotions, habits, behaviour or psychological issues. Science now knows that many of life’s problems, including physical disease, have underlying “causative factors” meaning they are predominantly psychological or emotional. Hypnotherapy can solve issues involving psychological or emotional factors. People are now using hypnotherapy to improve performance in sport, business, study, and in their personal relationships.

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Hypnotherapy is used in one of two ways: suggestion therapy and analysis therapy.

Suggestion Hypnotherapy

Suggestive hypnotherapy depends on a patient’s ability to respond to suggestions from a hypnotherapist during the hypnotic trance state. This method is used to break undesirable behaviors such as smoking, drinking, nail biting, or over-eating. More frequently now it is used in treating pain, or as a tool to increase confidence.

Sometimes refer to as short term hypnotherapy because it involves the hypnotherapist giving a chain of suggestions to assist an individual to do something they want to do like be able to climb a ladder because they are afraid of heights or to stop doing something they don’t want to do like drinking beer or smoking. Typically a hypnotherapist uses it when there is no known root cause that needs to be dealt with by the client.

Analysis Hypnotherapy or Analytical Hypnotherapy

This method of hypnotherapy is used when the issue the client wants to deal with comes from a deeper psychological issue like past trauma or an ingrained behavior that once served the client but has now become a burden and it is desirable to remove the old pattern that once served the client. It is beneficial to hypnotherapists to use this type of hypnotherapy to discover the psychological root of a problem or symptom. Physiological trauma is hidden in unconscious memory and forgotten on a conscious level. Using hypnotherapy to analyze these well-hidden issues has proven particularly effective of getting into the subconscious memory so that the suppressed memories or past trauma can be brought to light and dealt with.

Hypnotherapy has been used to treat a wide range of conditions or unwanted behavior, such as:
    • Quit Smoking
    • Quit Drinking
    • Weight Loss
    • Self Confidence
  • Anxiety and stress
    • Depression
    • Migraines
    • Performance anxiety
    • Addictions
    • PTSD
  • Grief
    • Childbirth Pain
    • Substance abuse
    • Sleep
    • Phobias
    • Sleep disorder
  • sexual dysfunction
    • undesirable spontaneous behaviors
    • It can be used to help improve sleep
    • Hypnotherapy can aid in pain management 
  • digestive disorders

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Who Can Be Hypnotised?

The simple answer is everyone! If you can follow simple instructions you can be hypnotised as long as you are willing and you choose freely.  Hypnosis can never be done against your will, it is safe and effective for people of all ages including the elderly, teenagers and children. Hypnotism is a learned trait. People often teach their own body and mind to go into trance, and they get better and better at it as they practice self-hypnosis. There is an entire industry of self-hypnosis DVD’s. The truth about hypnosis is that all hypnosis is self – hypnosis.

Why Should I choose Hypnotherapy Now?

Hypnotherapy has helped millions and millions of people around the world for a century to conquer fears and take back their life! Hypnotherapy is a tool that you can use to help yourself to live the life you have always wanted to live. Hypnosis is very efficient, it’s scientifically proven and used by all sorts of people from all walks of life. Hypnotherapy allows individuals like you to make quick improvements to your life through a process of learning new belief systems, breaking bad habits, changing your negative behavior patterns, overcoming your learned limitations and removing the root cause of your symptoms.

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