What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practical application of hypnotic techniques to achieve a beneficial therapeutic outcome.

Hypnosis is an altered state of conscious awareness characterised by deep relaxation. The word derives from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep.  Although Clients may have the outward appearance of being asleep there are big differences.   When you communicate with a person who is asleep that person tends not to hear you or respond to a request to do something.   Whereas in a state of trance the Client is fully aware of their surroundings and can hear you perfectly.

Hypnosis is a perfectly natural and normal state of mind.  We often ask Clients if they have been hypnotised before to which they normally reply: “No”.   Ironically this is not true because all of us are hypnotised at least twice daily: just before we enter sleep and just before we wake up. If you have ever driven down a motorway and gone past your stop you may have entered a hypnotic trance called highway hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a very relaxing and pleasurable state and all of our Clients report that it was such a nice experience that they did not want to be brought out of their trance.  Meditation is another common form of hypnosis.

Stage hypnosis – why therapeutic hypnosis is different!

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When most people think of hypnosis they think of the stage hypnosis popularised by performers like Paul McKenna.

The fear is that just like stage hypnosis they will somehow be ‘controlled’ a hypnotist who will be able to make them do something against their will.  Although based on the same principles therapeutic hypnosis is very different.  If you have ever seen a hypnosis show you will notice that the stage hypnotist selects his performers very carefully.

A large number of people are whittled down to about five people who the hypnotist knows (by using various tests) are very susceptible to trance and who, most importantly want to perform.  They are people who are generally extrovert and want their moment of fame!

Therapeutic hypnosis is very different because although Clients will respond to suggestions they will not do anything against their will. They only act in an a way that agrees with set boundaries.

What happens in a hypnotherapy session?

Prior to the beginning of a session (lasting about 45 minutes) the therapist and Client will agree the goals of therapy. The therapist will often explain the basic principles of what is to come.  It is important that Client and therapist work together as a ‘team’ to achieve the goal.

Clients may be asked to picture a place where they normally feel very relaxed, eg a tranquil beach.  The therapist will then use this scene as a basis for helping the Client to enter trance.  It is important to note that it is the Client who enters trance willingly.  All hypnosis is self hypnosis.  The therapist just acts as a ‘trance manager’.

Clients (once they have come round) generally feel refreshed, rejuvenated and motivated, ready to work on the goals agreed with the therapist.  Therapeutic change commonly takes 4-6 sessions.

What are the benefits of Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has many benefits for the Client

Reduces stress and induces deep relaxation

It can lower blood pressure

Improve circulation

Induce a state of total relaxation

Help balance the body systems (homeostasis)

Improves sleep

Eases pain

Helps IBS symptoms and hot flushes

And many more…

What can Hypnotherapy help with?

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Can be useful for….

Weight loss – by changing relationship with food

Emotional eating 


Fears and phobias

Stress relief and management

Self defeating habits

Self esteem and ego strengthening

Smoking cessation

Binge Eating Disorder and more


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There are certain conditions for which Hypnotherapy is not the treatment of choice.  Here are some examples:

Severe psychological disorders

Anyone under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol

Psychotic disorders

People with short attention spans

People with severe heart disorders


Book an Appointment!

To experience the benefits of this therapy call Polly now on:

07942 675 828

Please note your first appointment will be extended to include a full medical consultation.

We’ve added some images of the treatment room below – so you will know it when you see it!  The room has it’s own energy and our Clients report feelings of peace and tranquility just being there…

Useful Links

5 science-backed benefits of hypnosis –  Huffington Post Article


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