People use mindfulness therapies for many reasons, to find inner-peace, relieve stress, anxiety or pain and so on. It’s a lifestyle choice for many, several techniques are easy to incorporate into a busy daily routine. Hypnosis is not normally mentioned in relation to mental wellbeing but it also has therapeutic and healing properties.
Did you realise every time your mind wanders, daydreams or is deeply focussed on an activity, you’re in a state of hypnosis? It’s actually part of everyday life for all of us!
Clinical hypnosis is used typically to recover suppressed memories or to change behaviour. UK hypnotherapists don’t need any qualifications but, you’ll find accredited practitioners on the Professional Standards Authority Register. The treatment isn’t usually available on the NHS.
There are different forms of hypnotherapy techniques and you should be in full control, able to bring yourself out of the trance if necessary. Similar to some mindfulness techniques, clinical hypnosis heightens awareness, of your inner-self and your surroundings. It can encourage relaxation and can potentially be used for positive change, especially when a hypnotherapist acts as a guide.
They’ll work with you on the journey but, you stay in control of yourself. The National Council For Hypnotherapists describe it as ‘like reading a book or watching a film, you still have the power to emerge from that state if wished’. It also helps explain why you’re the one who decides how deeply you go into the trance.
Currently, hypnosis is used to help manage phobias, anxiety and stress, lack of confidence and for some physical ailments, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin conditions and migraines. Some people also use it to help manage pain.
The techniques are also used in sports and work to improve performance. Some expectant mothers may use hypnosis to improve birth outcomes. People tend to feel more comfortable and empowered the more they practice hypnosis - they can let go more.
So, far from being a state of deep unconscious sleep many of us might have imagined, hypnosis is about exploring and making deep inner connections and gaining greater awareness of self and surroundings. It's proving to be another alternative therapy people use for their mental and physical wellbeing.
At Carbon Retreat, we don't currently offer hypnotherapy workshops but we do provide an ever-growing number of retreats, offering you mindfulness and wellness therapies. We seek experts in their fields so you have access to some of the best possible support and guidance. Whether you’re trying to make a life-change, improve your health or simply unwind, we provide the luxury and comfort you need to make it happen.
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