First, let's understand how your mind works a little better.
Your mind is divided up into your conscious mind and subconscious mind. Your conscious mind makes up roughly 5% and is responsible for your willpower, long term memory, and your logical and critical thinking. Your subconscious mind on the other hand, makes up the remaining 95% , and is responsible for your beliefs, emotions, habits, values and your protective reactions. These beliefs, emotions, habits, values and 'internal programs' are ultimately responsible for your behaviour, and how life shows up for you.
What does this mean? It means your thoughts and beliefs drive your actions, and ultimately your life. For example, if you 'believe' that you''ll always be overweight at a subconscious level, then your actions and behaviours will support that belief, regardless of what you consciously may think.
Why does change feel so hard?
Chances are you already know how you want things to be different in your life, and perhaps you have already tried to make some changes? But have you ever felt that willpower alone only gets you so far, as though your actions were beyond your control? I get it, I’ve been there! And don’t worry you’re not going crazy! If you're desperate to stop the sugar cravings and kick the overeating, but just can't seem to break the cycle, then chances are you need to reprogram what's happening on a subconscious level.
Your subconscious mind (the powerhouse behind your life) ultimately runs the show, and in order to create long lasting change you need to reprogram this ‘master computer’ from the inside. And the good news is that hypnosis allows you to do just that, it allows you to communicate with your subconscious, and reprogram your mind from the inside out.
What many people don't realise is that all hypnosis is in fact self hypnosis.
As a professional hypnotherapist my role is to guide you into this trance state, otherwise known as the state of hypnosis. Using a number of specialist techniques I gently take you into this deeply relaxed and inwardly focused state, but you actually do all the work. You are ultimately in control of your session. I can suggest that you close your eyes, but of course the power and ability to do so is yours!
It's important to understand that hypnotherapists cannot make you do anything you would not normally do in your normal awakened state. Knowing that all hypnosis is self hypnosis allows many people to really trust the process. There are many myths and misconceptions about what hypnosis is, and I've no doubt you may have heard of a few! Hopefully by now you will understand that the state of hypnosis is completely natural, and unless you really wanted to cluck like a chicken, it's actually impossible for me to make you do this!
You can access the power of your mind without me being physically present with you.
Because all hypnosis is self hypnosis, you are actually able to tap into and harness the amazing power of your mind without me being in the room with you. You see once your eyes are closed, my voice will continue to be with you - whether I am in the same location as you or not.
This means you get to create the ideal environment for you, so you can relax right into your session. I find this especially important for those who may have struggled to experience the relaxed state of hypnosis in the past. Whether you have private sessions with me over skype, or you listen to one of my carefully crafted hypnosis mediation audio sessions, you'll be able to reprogram your subconscious mind to support what you do want. You'll be able to unlock your healthiest self right in the comfort of your own home.
Hypnotherapy is therapy which takes place while you are in the state of hypnosis. This can occur in person, over skype in private sessions, or while using one of my hypnosis audio sessions.
Each session begins with me gently guiding you into a deeply relaxed state, otherwise known as the state of hypnosis. During hypnosis your body and conscious mind are deeply relaxed, while your subconscious mind remains wide awake, open, and receptive to suggestion. In this altered state of consciousness it is possible to unlock your inner strengths and resources, reprogram old limiting beliefs about yourself or others, and allow for healing and letting go.
Your subconscious mind is a powerful thing, and hypnosis is the fastest way to access it. By following along to the sound of my voice, I help you to unlock your healthiest self, and reprogram your emotional connection to sugar, and other unhealthy habits which are stealing your energy and your health. The power of hypnosis lies in the ability to tap into the full potential of your imagination without the normal restrictions of your critical mind.
What is important to remember however is that you have to truly want a particular outcome for hypnosis to work.
Does hypnosis work for weight loss and sugar cravings?
Hypnosis is one of the most powerful ways to build new behaviours, create new patterns and find alternate ways of dealing with situations.
How many times do you find yourself acting on autopilot as you reach for a sugary snack, or find yourself standing in front of your open fridge after dinner? How hard does it feel for you to put the bag of chips or lollies down once you've opened them? Since an early age you created 'programs' that your adult self is now simply acting out on. Because hypnosis has the ability to rewire these programs, you can quickly create new ones, programs that turn up the inner wisdom which lives inside of you. This could include awakening and strengthening the part of you that knows that 'too much food is damaging and a burden on your body.
And of course there's science to support hypnosis for weight loss. A reanalysis of 18 hypnotic studies showed that psychotherapy clients who learned self-hypnosis lost twice as much weight as those who didn't (and, in one study, kept it off two years after treatment ended). When you're under hypnosis, your attention is highly focused, and you're more responsive to suggestions, including behavior changes that can help you lose weight.