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One of the questions that are frequently asked by new clients at my Surrey hypnotherapy clinic is, are there any side effects to hypnosis. The answer to this is no, apart from feeling very relaxed at the end of a session.
Recently however at my Surrey hypnotherapy practice in Leatherhead I had a client who came to me for fear of swimming. The treatment had a very unexpected and pleasant side effect.
The client was a sixty-year-old lady who had decided she finally wanted to learn to swim. After numerous lessons she was doing very well. She could put her face in the water, float on her back and her front and swim the width of the pool but only if she had something to hold on to. Even if it was only the tips of the fingers of her swimming teacher, she could not let go. The moment she did she panicked and flounder around in the water grabbing the side of the pool or anything else that was handy. Her instructor had tried everything to get her to let go.
A single hypnotherapy session for confidence
She booked into my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead, for a session of hypnosis. We had a session of hypnosis which included building her confidence and helping her to visualise that she could swim and all the advantages of learning to swim, including going swimming on holiday with her grandchildren.
A repeat appointment was made at my Surrey Hypnotherapy clinic in Leatherhead for the following Thursday, as a follow up session after her next swimming lesson.
The client rang my Surrey hypnotherapy centre on the Tuesday to cancel saying she didn’t need to come back, as she had just quite happily swum a whole length of the pool and was delighted.
Amazing positive side effects!
So what was the side effect, she also told me that on the previous Friday she had been with her husband to a dinner dance in Surrey. To her amazement and to the astonishment of her husband and their friends she had got up to dance. Something she had never done in over thirty years of marriage.
“When the music started to play I heard you say what is stopping you enjoying yourself and I got up to dance. It was one of the best evenings I have ever had,” she said, “I wish I had done this years ago.”
So the answer is yes there can be side effects from hypnosis. Finding your confidence in one area can lead to finding confidence in others. If you have an fear or anxiety about doing something in our life then hypnotherapy may help.
Please contact me today at my Surrey hypnotherapy centre to see how I can help you overcome your phobia, and who knows you too might be dancing for joy!
Welcome to my first blog post. I thought it might be useful to give you a quick run through on the use of hypnotherapy through the ages.
If you tell your family and friends that you are thinking of having hypnotherapy for whatever reason, you will get a variety of comments ranging from frightening and funny. To find the reason for this we must look at the history of hypnosis.
Relics from ancient Egypt depict something similar to hypnosis. The Australian Aborigines, North American Indians and Hindu Cults have all used a hypnotic state for thousands of years. .Our modern journey starts with Franz Anton Mesmer a charismatic character born in 1734. He originally studied Theology but went on to train in medicine. His first attempts at healing involved the use of strong magnets to move a supposed magnetic fluid around the body. This developed into group healing sessions and Mesmer moved from using magnets to using his hands.
After his death in 1815 a number of his disciples kept his work going. In 1849 an English doctor called James Braid coined the term hypnosis (from the Greek, hypnos for sleep) he noticed that his patients’ eyes often became fixed during hypnosis. He also discovered that the cures were due to suggestion not magnetism
Dr James Esdaile used hypnotic anaesthesia to conduct of 400 operations in India but was ridiculed by the medical profession. During this time a Dr John Elliotson was also demonstrating the use of hypnosis in Britain but he to was hounded by the medical profession.
Sigmund Freud studied hypnosis and came to believe that humans have a powerful hidden mental process and this led to an understanding of the presence of the subconscious mind.
The father of modern hypnosis Milton Erikson was born in 1901 and his pioneering work has helped to bring us to where we are today. Into this mix of colourful characters we must add the way hypnosis is depicted in all forms of entertainment. It is therefore, little wonder that anyone you speak to will ask if you are going to end up clucking like a chicken.
Research in recent years has led to Hypnosis becoming more acceptable as a therapy to address a variety of issues. These include weight loss, stop smoking and the treatment of phobias and anxiety. A number of clinical studies have also shown that hypnosis can help reduce pain in childbirth with beneficial effects for both mother and baby.
Today, most therapy sessions take place with the client seated in a comfortable chair. The image of the patient lying on a black couch with the therapist swinging a pocket watch is confined to the movies.
One big change in recent years is the advent of internet conferencing. Today the client can be at home having treatment from a therapist based anywhere in the world. Clients can keep in touch with the therapist they trust even if either moves away.
A client of mine recently suffered a severe panic attack about flying home from New York and was able to receive treatment from me via Skype to enable him to make the journey home comfortably. With the coming of the internet and easy access to laptops and tablets hypnotherapy is more available than ever before.