Archive for August, 2011

Hypnotherapy, yoga and meditation, what’s the difference?

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

An idea that takes root in the subconscious mind has no capacity for reasoning and MUST be discharged in motor action – whether a good or a bad idea. Essentially every single word uttered to a subject in a hypnotic state such as those experienced in any meditative or relaxation yoga practices may result in uptake of post hypnotic suggestion and thus influence that individual’s actions.

One definition of meditation is the absence of all thought and to just be. If a person is mulling over a problem during meditation, they are actually thinking and therefore no longer meditating in its truest sense.

Hypnosis on the other hand, is to have a specific thought and affect a desired outcome, i.e. stop smoking, lose weight, stress management, pain management etc. In hypnosis just as in guided meditation the hypnotist may take you down a path, but instead of just suggesting a stroll through beautiful scenery the hypnotist skilfully uses suggestion to achieve predetermined goals – reduce exam test nerves, stop nail biting, develop confidence etc.

So as you can see if someone is participating in a guided meditation, the guide is also suggesting everyone to see this, hear that and experience with as many senses as possible. Some people may smell the flowers, feel the breeze, even hear sounds in this internal picture whilst usually also deepening relaxation and lowering anxiety levels albeit short term. Clearly this is no different in concept from the hypnotists scripting bar the actual suggestions themselves and resultant behavioural change.

Quitting Smoking!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Smoking is not only bad for our health as we all know, it is costly and very addictive. Hypnotherapy can help stop the habit after just one session, by associating the habit to negative feelings, visuals and behaviors.Hypnotherapy breaks the links that created the habit. It takes guts, willpower and confidence to stop, You’ve taken the first step to stopping smoking by deciding to quit. Now that you’ve made the decision to quit, it’s time to decide what help and support you might need and how you are going to beat the cravings.

Set a date to stop- and stick to it! (pick a date thats stress-free).
Write down all the reasons you want to stop smoking- Make sure your quitting for you, not someone else!!!
Keep a diary for a day or two-Record all the times and places you smoke, with a note of how much you needed each cigarette. This will help you plan for tricky moments.
Take it one day at a time-Concentrate on getting through each day without a cigarette.
Finally learn to relax- Try this simple breathing exercise:

Sit down with feet flat on the floor, hands resting on knees. Breathe slowly in and out through the nose a couple of times, concentrating on the sensation of air moving in and out of the body.

Start to breathe more deeply, still through the nose, consciously letting the air fill the abdomen, then the lower and upper chest in sequence. Breathe out the same way, expelling the air from the abdomen, lower and upper chest in turn.

Repeat this breath three or four times, and then return to normal breathing.