According to the American Psychological Association: hypnosis is a procedure during which a health professional or researcher suggests while treating someone, that he or she experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts or behavior. Although some hypnosis is used to make people more alert, most hypnosis includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness and well-being. Instructions to imagine or think about pleasant experiences are also commonly included during hypnosis. People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some describe hypnosis as a state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Most people describe the experience as pleasant.
Is there evidence that hypnosis works?
Yes. There are plenty of examples in the scientific literature attesting to the usefulness of clinical hypnosis, a study published in the journal Gut involved 204 people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Treatment consisted of 12 weekly sessions of hypnosis (lasting about one hour each). Fifty-eight percent of the men and 75 percent of the women reported significant symptom relief immediately after finishing treatment. More than 80 percent of those who reported initial relief were still improved up to six years later. Fewer than 10 percent of the participants tried other treatments after hypnotherapy. (Gut, November 2003).
Can Anyone be Hypnotised?
People differ in the degree to which they respond to hypnosis. Contrary to how hypnosis is portrayed in books, movies, television and stage shows, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. Unless amnesia has specifically been suggested, people remain aware of who they are, where they are and remember what transpired during hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences.
How can Hypnosis Help?
Hypnosis has been used in the treatment of pain; depression; anxiety; phobias; stress; habit disorders; gastro-intestinal disorders; skin conditions; post-surgical recovery; cravings; addictive behaviour; relief from nausea and vomiting; childbirth; stress relief; self esteem; anaesthesia; sports performance; public speaking; weigh loss; insomnia; Improve Health, Improve Sales; Fear of Flying. Fear of Failure; Lack of Motivation; Smoking Cessation; Worry; Creativity; Loss; Grief; Assist Healing
TAfter completing a course of 4 sessions of hypnotherapy with Kerry, my self-confidence has measurably improved. I speak more confidently in both social and professional situations, and now take advantage of opportunities to present publicly, which has helped move my business forward. Moreover, Kerry has equipped me with a way of maintaining and building on my new-found level of self-confidence. MH, Kent
I haven’t felt such peace for a very long time, thank you. Thank you Kerry Madgwick for your expertise this morning. That was one thorough session, lady! Been feeling very chilled all day. With gratitude xx
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She finds solutions to any health or mind problems and is supportive through the process of changing what sometimes seems impossible. TE, Kent
Thank you – I enjoyed the sessions and really felt very relaxed, I have nver felt this way and do think of myself as a rather calm person. NM, Spain
Kerry made me feel so at ease and explained Hypnotherapy and its benefits in very clear and simple terms. I have definitely seen an improvement with my eating, no food cravings and overall I feel much more calm and able to deal with any situations that would of caused stress in the past. ZJ, Kent
Very happy with the hypnotherapy sessions I have had with Kerry. it is very calming experience and I quickly felt a shift in my feelings and attitude to a difficult situation in my life, which has enabled me to deal with it in a different way. I have also had some pain relief for a chronic issue I have, which has helped with my sleep, cannot recommend Kerry highly enough! KH, Kent
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