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What is Hypnosis?

by learningdiscoveries on March 19, 2014

Hypnosis is a technique of teaching and enhancing people’s control on aspects of their body’s function and sensation. Hypnosis is a form of highly focused attention in an induced state of mind enabling people to alter the way they perceive and process reality.

Hypnotherapy is an effective tool in the remedy of various problems, from anxiety to chronic pain. Research studies using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) have recorded changes that happen in the brain during a hypnosis session. This understanding of how hypnosis works is making it increasingly popular with people whose needs have not been met by traditional methods.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for accessing the subconscious, a non-ordinary state of consciousness. In this state, the human psyche is far more willing to positive change, healing or beneficial reprogramming compared to when we are in our usual beta state of consciousness (our thinking mode).

Today, everyone is capable of learning to control their brain waves, and people are able to access states of relaxation, creativity, productivity, stress management, and emotional expression. The brainwave state during hypnosis or self-hypnosis is the major facilitator to these states.

When practiced by a professional hypnotherapist, hypnosis is safe. At Learning Discoveries, we are successfully combining hypnosis with Neurofeedback with adults and children as young as 8 years old to resolve ongoing problems.

We do this by teaching relaxation techniques such as breathing to calm the autonomic nervous system. Concentrating on breathing before hypnosis allows a person to tune out stressful thoughts, feelings and sensations. The feeling of calmness reached in hypnosis triggers the parasympathetic part of the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for calm rational thought. This allows for easy access to the subconscious to sow the seeds of new behaviour patterns which improve the quality of life for many people who suffer from anxiety, worry, pain and depression.

The Australian Hypnotherapists Association, Articles and Research, https://ahahypnotherapy.org.au/

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Rosemary Boon

Registered Psychologist

M.A. (Psych),
Grad. Dip. Ed. Studies (Sch. Counsel),
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