Updated: Jul 6, 2019
Does the concept of hypnosis bring to mind a swinging pocket watch, the clicking of fingers and the words "Aaaand sleep...." whilst being lulled into a trance state where all commands will be obeyed without you even realising it? The notion that hypnosis can overpower free will is absolutely false.
Contrary to what you may have seen or heard with regards to stage hypnosis (the theatricals of hypnosis), no one else can 'control' your mind. Hypnotherapy is not about mind control, it is about empowerment.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in a therapeutic context. You do indeed go into a trance state but you are completely aware of what is happening at all times. You cannot be 'made' to reveal any information you do not wish to reveal, do anything against your will, or do or say anything that would intrude upon your values or your moral code.
Hypnosis is useful in positive thought modification to positively influence behaviours or conditions affected by your thoughts and emotions. The only changes that will happen are changes that you are ready to make and want to happen.
The physiological effects of hypnosis are similar to those of meditation: reduced pulse rate, slower deeper breathing and muscle relaxation, accompanied with the feelings of calm and relaxation.
For further information and to understand what hypnotherapy can help with, watch the video on this page: www.thesynergycentre.co.nz/hypnotherapy