Hypnosis is a very relaxing and therapeutic treatment that can help with a wide range of issues.
Many people think of hypnosis as being like on television where the stage hypnotist commands someone to do silly things and the subject has no choice but to go along with whatever they are told!
But in reality, hypnosis can give you far more control over yourself!
With hypnosis you can:
- Heighten your awareness
- Slow your heart rate
- Lower your blood pressure
- Relax your entire body
- Make incredible changes!
Stage hypnosis is all a show!
Why does stage hypnosis appear to make people do silly things they don’t want to?
1 Everyone who goes to a stage show goes there willingly and know what the nature of the event is – they go there to watch or participate in the strange pranks that will happen!
2 The stage hypnotist takes everyone through a range of suggestibility tests to see who responds most – out of those people he takes the most responsive up on stage
3 Only the people who want to go up on stage actually go up on stage – if you don’t want to you won’t do it – they aren’t hypnotised at this point! Therefore everyone who goes up on stage is at this point a willing participant in the stage show.
Is Hypnosis A Placebo?
Hypnosis is all about the power of your mind and how your mind can influence your behaviours, emotions and even your physiology. The power of placebo is also about the power of the mind. For decades, the medical profession has been aware of the power of the placebo – how the suggestions given with medication can influence the power of the medication given. Even in drugs trials, when samples are given placebos with no medical content, there are many occasions where the placebo trials are found to be as powerful (sometimes more!) than the medication itself!
An incredible study into knee surgery showed how some knee surgery appears to be all placebo – here is a link to the article.
So what is the placebo effect?
It is really the power of suggestion and belief. If you fully believe something you will act upon it as if it is true – even affecting the body. That is basically what hypnosis is – harnessing the power of your mind to get the results you want.