There is a saying amongst some hypnotherapists which is often used. That is “all hypnosis is self hypnosis”. What does this mean and how relevant is it?

The general gist is that the hypnotist is not in control of the hypnotised. The hypnotist is merely a guide, a helper, teaching the hypnotised self hypnosis. Once in hypnosis the therapy can be ‘done’. Changes can happen. This means that no one can be hypnotised unless they want to be. Well, really it means no one can be hypnotised. If they follow instructions and do as the hypnotist says they will move into the hypnotised state. This understanding of hypnosis can go some way in alleviating any fears surrounding hypnosis, however it can go much further than that. Imagine learning how to enter this powerful state of mind whenever you like. You could use it to your full advantage – making beneficial changes at home, experiencing the deepest relaxation when you feel drained.

I am still moving slowly from maternity leave back to part time work with minimal clients however every client I am going to see this week will go home with some self hypnosis tools. The lady that cannot fall back to sleep when she wakes in the night will utilise hypnosis at home. She will be able to achieve deeper levels of relaxation with a view to returning to a deep sleep after waking for a toilet break. The teen that is struggling with his
competitive golf will be reaching full potential once he starts spending time at home in a hypnotic state using visualisation techniques to prepare him for important competitions. The retired, less mobile woman that is struggling to stop thinking about food whilst bored at home has already successfully used self hypnosis to enhance the chocolate aversion we touched on in her first session. Finally the two hypnobirth couples that I am working with will be practising self hypnosis techniques daily in the lead up to labour so that they can be used naturally during their births.

If it was merely the hypnosis session that held any importance it really wouldn’t be relevant who ‘did’ the hypnosis; hypnotist or hypnotised but when it becomes apparent that hypnosis is a skill, a tool that we can all learn and use daily with huge, beneficial results it becomes much more interesting. Having a course of therapy with a hypnotherapist is definitely more than just the sessions and gives a valuable gift for life.