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A lot of people are curious about hypnotherapy, and although more and more people I meet have “tried it” I’m often asked, “So how does it work?” So here’s my point of view. In a nutshell, it’s a combination of hypnosis – which literally means a state of sleep, which it sort of is – and therapy – which means healing, in this context through talking. If talking and sleeping are both really good for us, the combination of the two is even more so. Articulating things, and being heard, and in particular talking about positive things (which we mostly do in my practice) puts the brain in a super-charged state and gears it up for deep, effortless learning. Then, when we relax our conscious minds or go to sleep, the creative, less conscious parts of our minds open further and really get to work. When we are in the dreaming phase of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, our brain is four times more active than when we’re awake. It turns out that any time we relax, the brain gets busy, pruning and reinforcing pathways, powerfully building on our experiences and optimising our mental networks. Hypnosis is the closest thing we’ve got to REM without actually going to sleep. There are different techniques but essentially it provides a controlled way of getting quickly and easily into a relaxed, open and often dreamy state. In the context of a hypnotherapy session it’s pretty straightforward and doesn’t involve much at all (consciously), apart from lying down and not doing much. A welcome opportunity for most of us! And that’s how hypnotherapy works! If you have any questions or would like to talk more, you can book a free call here:

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