Been on yo-yo diets for as long as you remember and STILL carrying the same weight?
Do you curse your partner while he/she sleeps peacefully and then go back to counting
stars, sheep or even the squares on the ceiling?
Are you generally listless, unmotivated, shy or plain chicken about many things?
If the answer to one or more of the above is yes, my next question would be:
Do you want to change?
If you are tired of the „old you‟ and want to bring a positive change in your life,
hypnotherapy may just open the doors of change for you.
From losing weight to chucking addictions, from curing migraine and sleep disorders to
tackling indigestion, you will be amazed at just what is possible through hypnotherapy.
Technically, hypnotherapy refers to the application of hypnosis to treat conditions related
to one‟s state of mind. In other words, hypnotherapy is using hypnosis for therapy.
Hypnosis - or simply put, the power of your mind over your body – has long been used to
remedy maladies like ego, anxiety, stress, phobias, addiction, pain and obesity. The roots
of hypnotherapy lie in the dancing and singing rituals of ancient societies in Egypt and
India. While they used music and dance to induce trance, modern hypnotherapy uses
more sophisticated methods like eye fixation or progressive relaxation.
Hypnotherapy is not magic, though hypnosis has enough negative connotations to make
one doubt its powers. Hypnosis is not sleep either. It is a state of altered consciousness. It
is almost like meditation where the body and the conscious mind are relaxed but the sub-
conscious mind is in a state of heightened awareness.
Why is hypnotherapy so powerful?
Practitioners of hypnotherapy believe that when a client enters or believes that he has
entered a state of trance, his subconscious mind is more receptive to change. Deep seated
fears, mental blocks or behavior patterns can then be corrected using positive
Most negative traits have their seat in the subconscious mind. Ironically, it is this part that
wields more control over our behavior by directing the conscious mind. Since the
subconscious mind is inaccessible to a person, hypnotherapy works by putting the client
in a state that is somewhere between sleep and wakefulness. By silencing the constant
babble of the conscious mind there is a heightened awareness of existing problems and
The hypnotherapist „conditions‟ the subconscious mind to think and behave in a more
positive and effective manner. Once the subconscious mind accepts the suggestion,
change is inevitable.
Hypnotherapy can be divided into two aspects:
“Putting in the good stuff” – most people are aware of this as the positive
suggestions, ideas and thoughts that are planted in the client‟s mind.
“Taking out the bad stuff” – removing historical stumbling blocks that obstruct us
from achieving goals.
Clinical hypnotherapy works only if the patient believes that he/she can change. “If you
can think yourself sick, you can think yourself well too”, says Dr. Nate, a leading
psychotherapist. Hypnosis helps change attitudes and hypnotherapy garners the power of
hypnosis to plant positive suggestions in the patient‟s mind.
Who does it work on?
While it works on just about anyone, hypnotherapy used on young persons between the
ages of 13 to 21 often produces amazing results. This is because the mind is very open
and flexible at this stage. As we grow older and begin to question or fear it, hypnosis
becomes increasingly difficult to achieve. Some people never reach the state of trance.
Hypnotherapy has found a place in psychotherapy, medicine, dentistry and even
pregnancy problems. Once a person has enjoyed the benefits of hypnotherapy, he or she
will agree that as a holistic, non-invasive and totally painless form of therapy, nothing
can beat hypnotherapy.
All it takes is the willing mind.