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What is Hypnotherapy & Hypnosis?
The first thing to explain is that the process of hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind enabling suggestions for beneficial change. Many people have said that being hypnotised is like gently falling asleep, only that they can still hear the voice of the therapist. If you are a driver you will remember how difficult you may remember just how difficult it was to learn all the processes, demanding all your powers of concentration. However with time and experience those processes somehow become ‘second nature' allowing your mind to focus on other things. At times on familiar routes you may realise you haven't really registered the journey at all on a conscious level. This is called a ‘state of abstraction' and is in fact a mild trance.

Hypnosis is a totally rational state of mind and should not be confused with the images from theatrical shows; you cannot be made to do something you do not wish to. Being in a hypnotic state is mutually agreeable with your therapist, you will have complete control over your body, and the hypnotherapist simply has the role of guide.
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