Hypnotherapy
What is it?
Hypnotherapy is a form of treatment that seeks to achieve cure at a deeper level of awareness than we are accustomed to using in ordinary daily life. Lying somewhere between complete wakefulness and deep sleep is that state of consciousness which hypnotherapist’s use in order to improve either a person’s health or ability to function freely; it is known as the hypnotic state. This state is deliberately induced by therapists during a consultation but is otherwise similar to the one occurring quite naturally when daydreaming or when passing into or waking from sleep. It is a state we all recognise and are familiar with as part of the normal rhythm as it is a condition of altered consciousness and not unconsciousness.
How does it work?
The therapist uses the patient’s co-operation to bring about physical or mental changes when in the hypnotic state. These changes may include healing physical illness, reducing pain, promoting relaxation or gaining insight into present difficulties and those past events that may have some bearing upon them. In this way, mental and emotional blockages may be gently released and patients freed to move on, being more in control of their lives and able to take more appropriate and effective action. This process is started by the therapist using positive images and suggestions that are more readily accepted by someone in the hypnotic state. Once accepted by the sub-conscious mind, these suggestions are acted upon by the conscious mind, energised by the patient’s own desire for change.

It is never a case of the therapist taking control of the patient or of the therapist’s will being imposed upon the patient. Instead client and therapist work together on a problem and without the willing consent and co-operation of the patient, nothing can be achieved.
Who can it help?
Hypnotherapy has successfully treated patients with: Migraine, Peptic Ulcers, Skin Disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Anxiety and Stress, Insomnia, Phobias, Asthma and Stopping Smoking.

Patients gain in SELF-ESTEEM and SELF-CONFIDENCE, coming to terms with past events and often easing difficulties in RELATIONSHIPS. Hypnosis can help to control food, alcohol and tobacco ADDICTIONS by aiding insight into the problem and supporting the individual’s decision to change. In addition, general levels of PERFORMANCE can be improved and enhanced. Hypnotherapy may be particularly useful in situations where conventional medicines and techniques are not acceptable to the individual.
Markland Complementary Therapy Centre, Dalton House, 33 Leigh Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 2JE   Tel: 01942 841088