Friday, 7 November 2014

Discover the Fascinating World of Hypnosis in Bath and what Hypnotherapy in Bath can do for you...

Ever seen a Hypnotist on the TV? Are you one of those people who believes the person under hypnosis is totally under the power of the hypnotist, with no will of their own?

Well there are two sides to hypnosis. Stage hypnosis (the hypnotist) who uses hypnosis for entertainment purposes and the Therapist, he who utilises hypnosis for helping people (the hypnotherapist).  There is a big difference between the two. So I hope this helps with any myths or misunderstanding for those of you considering the positive use of hypnosis. This positive use of hypnosis can be used to alleviate a habit, change a behaviour or help you with an unwanted reaction to a situation or event.

Many hypnotherapists think badly of the stage hypnotist as one who makes a mockery of what is a therapeutic tool. Some believe this has a negative impact on the good name of hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is big business. Stage hypnotists can potentially earn a great deal of money using this technique to embarrass or ridicule their audience.
Anyone can be a Hypnotist

Becoming a stage hypnotist is easy. You don’t need formal qualification and all you need to know is very accessible, so to learn the techniques involved is a simple and fast process. There is no regulated body or society’s governing the way these professionals practice. Hypnotherapy on the other hand has regulations set out by professional bodies, societies and groups specifically developed for the enhancement of good practice as well as moral and ethical considerations.

Naturally, the secrets of certain techniques to stage hypnosis have been closely guarded over the years. Magicians, eager to enhance their persuasive powers, welcomed the public’s wonderment at their mesmeric gaze! Little do the public know that the hypnotist is not special, as they possess no secret powers.

What stage hypnosis does do however, is demonstrate the power of hypnosis. It is often able to do this in a way which hypnotherapy cannot, due to the very nature of a stage performance. The main aim for any stage hypnotist is to get the participant into a hypnotic trance.

In a the therapeutic environment, a client comes to the practice and the therapist has to deal with whatever issue they present. If the client is not particularly responsive or resists entering trance, then the therapy will be a little less effective. On stage however, a hypnotist can choose from an entire audience of would be, up for a laugh, entertainers. Everyone knows what happens and any budding volunteer is wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, albeit sometimes a humiliating one. The stage hypnotist becomes adapt at recognising those who are suggestible at going into trance and are able to do so very quickly. Not everyone will be as suggestible as the hypnotist would need.
The Hypnotherapist uses Hypnosis to help
When asking for volunteers they inevitably have too many. This gives the hypnotist the opportunity to whittle the group down to those that not only respond well to hypnosis, but are also natural exhibitionists. Stage hypnosis is very simple to perform; it requires no special skill and anybody can do it. As a stage hypnotist, they are an entertainer; hypnosis is just a tool and the volunteer from the audience just a prop to get the end result.

Hypnotherapists remember, use the power of hypnosis, only for positive and helpful reasons
Do you have in mind to give up smoking, lose weight or end a lifelong habit, such as nail-biting or thumb sucking? Do you suffer from social anxiety, difficulty speaking in groups? Are you often in a high stress situation or have felt very stressed recently? Is it therefore time to make some changes to your life and get yourself ready for a more positive New Year in 2015?

Recently I spoke again with Hypnotherapist, Counsellor, Parent Coach and Personal Development Coach Tim Langhorn, to discover more about the fascinating world of hypnosis in Bath

Did you know it was a Scottish Doctor, James Braid (1795 – 1860) who came up with the phenomenon that we now know as 'hypnosis'?
Look into my eyes....
James Braid discovered that he too could produce a trance like, hypnotic state. He often used a bright object in front of the eyes, which became strained and closed spontaneously. He then discovered that suggestions alone achieved the same thing.

So the use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy has been around a very long time. The use of hypnosis and hypnotherapy utilises the hypnotic state for positive goals, yet many people remain sceptical to its benefits and surround it with mysticism and myth.

This is possibly due to the hypnotist we see on stage or on the telly. Many hypnotherapists shun stage hypnotists as making a mockery of what is a therapeutic tool.  They believe it has a negative impact on the good name of hypnotherapy. So why not find out more by visiting the facts about what to expect when you go to see Tim Langhorn, Hypnotherapist.

Stage hypnosis however is big business and a stage hypnotist can potentially earn a great deal of money. The skills required to induce a hypnotic trance are easily accessible and there is no formal regulated body to oversee any unscrupulous performers.
Stage hypnosis does however often demonstrate the power of hypnosis. It is able to do this more so than hypnotherapy, due to the very nature of a stage performance. The main aim for a stage hypnotist is to put get the participant into a hypnotic trance, to then create an amusing or embarrassing situation for the person to endue. Everyone there knows what happens and any volunteer is automatically game for a laugh, wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, albeit sometimes a humiliating one.

There are two things which the hypnotist and hypnotherapist have in common. They both use hypnosis to relax people and shut down consciously aware barriers which ordinarily would get in the way. And they also need 'willing participants' who are open to the experience and have little in the way of conscious resistance. Saying that, there is a very big difference between these two professions. The hypnotist is there purely for entertainment purposes, whereby the hypnotherapist utilises hypnosis to aid the therapeutic process and uses the power of hypnosis, only for positive and helpful reasons.
I have been very fortunate to meet Hypnotherapist Tim Langhorn for the second time at his Hypnotherapy practice in  Bath. Tim is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Bath who has been working with people of all ages therapeutically for over 30 years.
Tim is a skilled and experienced Hypnotherapist trained by the internationally renowned London College of Clinical Hypnosis LCCH.
So I asked Tim Langhorn Hypnotherapist, what is hypnotherapy and what kind of issues or problems does it help?
"Well basically hypnotherapy is just therapy under hypnosis. Hypnosis is very much like being in a daydream. When we go into our imagination and daydream we can focus all our attention to do this, to such an extent we can lose ourselves briefly to what is going on around us.
We are usually pretty relaxed when doing so and can conjure up all types of images or thoughts in our mind. Hypnosis is very similar. And like a daydream we can come out of it whenever we want.

The hypnotic state or trance, is a natural phenomenon. It is known as 'an altered state of consciousness'.
It is also similar to when you focus your mind to read a book or daydream to the exclusion of all else, while the rest of world carries on in the distance.
For that moment distancing yourself from conscious reality. That’s a hypnotic state or ‘trance’. As natural as breathing.

Hypnosis is just like being in a daydream

Hypnotherapy exploits that calm, relaxed and focussed state to bring about positive change. The use of imagery, metaphors, suggestion, affirmations and therapeutic techniques can retrain the unconscious part of your mind to make changes you desire.

Your unconscious mind always has a positive intent to protect. That's it's job. For example, over time you may have convinced it that there is a particular object or animal that you fear.
After a while your unconscious programmes this in to create an automatic trigger to alert you to the danger. It then prepares you for the 'flight or fight' response which protects you from harm. Other times you may programme it to repeat something over and over again.
The unconscious mind complies and you eventually land up with a habit. Hypnotherapy can help reverse this way of thinking. Whether it's quitting smoking or working on weight control.
Hypnotherapy is also well suited for people with anxiety, panic attacks or phobias.

Because you have programmed it in the first place to fear birds, spiders, heights, flying or have the habit of smoking, over eating, thumb sucking etc. You can use hypnotherapy to reprogram it to not do those things. What makes hypnotherapy work so well is that in this dream like state, you have little conscious interference. Therefore, nothing to stop the new positive suggestions from being accepted by your unconscious mind.

The use of hypnotherapy with children in Bath is particularly very successful because their minds are very creative and receptive to the positive suggestions. They swiftly come up with solutions to problems they are experiencing and find the solutions naturally from within themselves.
I use a light state of hypnosis, where the child will go into a ‘day dreamy' state. Children experience this kind of state many times a day quite naturally; when they are waking from sleep or falling asleep, or just becoming absorbed in thought or in imaginative play.
Children's Hypnotherapy Bath
I have been working professionally with young people since 1982, so I know it is very important that both child and parent can feel comfortable, confident and at ease with me the therapist.
Parents stay in the room so a child feels more at ease in a  session. Parents can then see for themselves that the process of hypnotherapy is relaxed, gentle, safe and positive. Children respond well to hypnotherapy."

Contact Tim today and the initial consultation is yours
absolutely free if you decide it’s not for you  

01225 317 813

Tim’s combined wealth experience and knowledge of Hypnotherapy and related therapies has meant he has encountered a whole spectrum of issues with people of differing ages and diverse backgrounds.

All this as well having an excellent insight and an unconditional positive regard for the issues people bring enable Tim to get to the heart of any symptom, habit or behaviour.

Tim Langhorn's professional, calm and non-judgemental approach enables people to explore  these issues in a safe, secure and confidential environment.
London College of Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnotherapists remember have regulated bodies, societies and groups specifically developed for the enhancement of good practice as well as moral and ethical considerations.

A hypnotherapist such as Tim is signed up to these professional practices and is accountable to these bodies.
British Society for Clinical Hypnosis

It is with that in mind and having met Tim that I for one would trust him to help me with any issue or condition which I feel needs his very specialised training.

Tim is a registered professional with the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis

So why not make a new start. A New Year resolution for 2015, to lose some weight, quit smoking or finally deal with that fear or phobia. You may suffer from anxiety or a performance related fear.

You may have difficulties speaking at presentations or in large groups. A social anxiety or panic attacks may be preventing you from fulfilling your potential. Well not any more. Help is at hand so you can help yourself so long as you have the desire for change.

Wishing you all a very happy hypnotic experience.

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