Dr Alun Evans PhD

Providing hypnotic therapy for:

  • Smoking
  • Weightloss
  • Gambling
  • Sleeplessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Stress disorders
  • Phobias
  • Rejection
  • Self confidence

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness during which the subconscious mind, is more open and receptive to suggestions given. The subconscious mind governs the automic nervous system, it is the seat of the imagination and where all our memories are stored.

Hypnosis can be used to bring about the changes that you want in your life but that are difficult to implement on a conscious level. During hypnosis you can not be made to say or do anything you don’t want to do. And if you were given suggestions to do something against your own moral convictions you would simply come out of hypnosis.

The word ‘hypnosis’ comes from the greek word ‘hypnos’, meaning sleep. It was first know as ‘neurypnology’ by an English surgeon called James Braid (1795-1860) who became immensely interested in mesmeric trances, but did not want his research to be associated with mesmerism. He subsequently discovered that eye fixation created a condition that could cure functional disorders that were incurable by ordinary remedies.

Braid would induce trance by holding a bright object in his left hand at approx 8-15 inches away from the eyes and above the forehead, in order to induce eye strain. When the pupils were dilated he would slowly move his fingers towards the eyes until they automatically closed and would continue to product arm catalepsy.

Nowadays the more traditional method of hypnotising a subject is to gently talk them through a progressive state of physical relaxation, followed by a deepening of the trance state and suggestions.

Most clinical subjects (as opposed to stage hypnosis volunteers) will remain in a perfectly still position throughout the trance, there may be fluttering of the eyelids, arm or finger levitation a pronounced feeling of heaviness or floatiness and a degree of mental imagery.

Hypnotised people hear every word that is said and generally their hearing and sense of smell is greatly enhanced as they are actually in a heightened state of awareness. Most will remember all that has occured throughout the session, but a small percentage of people will relax so deeply that they are unable to remember a thing afterwards.

Hypnosis has no side effects apart from the beneficial ones of feeling more relaxed, and changes that have been suggested during hypnosis begin to take place either immediately or shortly afterwards. Some people may have a delayed reaction which means that any suggestions given could take a few hours to process.

Myths Surrounding Hypnosis

Down through the ages there has been many myths about what hypnosis is. Many people consider hypnosis as a form of sleep, where upon the subject is under total control of the hypnotist, and that they will carry out, or feel compelled to carry out any suggestions given to them by the person delivering the hypnosis.

The fact is – That a person in the state of hypnosis is fully aware of all that is being said to them. And a person will do nothing that will deprive them against their moral judgments, for example: If the hypnotist were to ask a person how much money they had in the bank, they would certainly not tell you, and more than probably pull themselves out of the trance state, and could become quite hostile towards the hypnotist or therapist. This would certainly apply to all immoral suggestions given, as a person could bring themselves out of the trance state very easily.

Other myths being only certain people can be hypnotised, this meaning the weak willed, and that strong willed people can never be hypnotised, this is totally absurd, any person can be hypnotised to some depth or another. And its a fact that the more a person has the ability to concentrate, the easier they can be induced into the trance state. It must be made perfectly clear that a person undergoing hypnosis is no robot or under the control of the hypnotherapist. It is totally a combined effort and trust between the subject and the hypnotherapist.

Yet another myth is that a person can be hypnotised against ones will. No person can be hypnotise against their will as – All hypnosis is self hypnosis. There is no such thing as the magic eye, or magic touch on the back of the neck. This type of procedure is for the hypnotic entertainer, who has already tested his audience, and knows his best and most susceptable subjects before be begins his spectacular performance of induction. Some of these techniques are quite rapid in affect, and designed for entertainment purposes only. Hypnotic entertainment has absolutely no connection to hypnotherapy whatsoever.