Could hypnotherapy help you lose weight or stop smoking?
Updated: Feb 22
The short answer is yes, absolutely.
Hypnosis is a great tool when used to remove bad habits, create new behaviours & even alter perceptions.
It's also a rapid method for change as you can often see results in as little as one session, in fact smoking cessation is always set as a one off session.
Sure, on occasion there may be follow up sessions required, especially when talking about issues such as weight loss which requires several follow ups and reinforcement.
How does hypnotherapy work?
It's all about suggestion and having your mind in the right state to accept those suggestions.
Even without hypnosis, we are all subject to suggestion in one form or another.
Were you ever told as a child to “Finish what's on your plate”? And now years later you still find yourself following that embedded suggestion, even when you are full!?
To make matters worse, unwanted or less beneficial behaviours can become habitual so even if you are aware of the problem, you may still find it difficult to stop.
Let's talk about your unconscious/subconscious mind.
Your conscious mind is the part of your brain that uses reason and analyses the information it's being fed, just like how your conscious mind is currently aware that you're reading this article and making judgements on whether or not this content is worth your time and how this may apply to your life.
Your unconscious/subconscious mind deals with everything else.
As human beings we tend to have habits, routines and even rituals that we follow daily, from brushing our teeth to siting down to eat at certain times of the day.
Many of these things are so ingrained that we may do them without thinking about it.
For the majority of people, a good example of this is learning to walk.
At first it took a lot of trial and error, as well as brain power to work out how to balance whilst putting one foot in front of the other and travelling forward, whilst also having the proprioception and spatial awareness to navigate the terrain around you.
At some point you stopped needing to think about all of that which freed up your brain power for other tasks, it becomes an unconscious action through muscular memory and your powerful mind's capability to save the action.
Hypnosis can create, remove or reprogramme the neural pathways in your brain to help you to get your desired outcome.
During hypnosis, it is the unconscious/subconscious part of your mind that we talk to which simply bypasses the need to spend hours working on new behaviours or removing old unwanted ones.
We use a direct link to the part of your brain that makes the change possible.
For more information or to experience what hypnotherapy is actually like, just book a free online taster session now at: https://www.hypnotherapyberkshire.com/