"Live, so you do

not have to  look

back and say, "God,

how I have wasted

my life"

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


Hypnosis is a safe and natural process. it involves intense absorption in sounds, images or thoughts, and is associated with a slowing of normal bodily functions (breathing, heart rate etc.) and relaxation of muscles. After experiencing this state people often report that they had not previously appreciated how much tension they hold constantly in their bodies and minds. They are surprised how easily this tension can be released by hypnosis.

In due course many learn that they are able to identify the sources of that tension, and recognise triggers. They may be able to identify warning symptoms in their own bodies much earlier than previously and avoid escalation of the tension. Most will learn self-hypnosis as an effective way of managing their tension and stress levels.

All this reminds us that hypnosis is not only a safe and natural state without side-effects but is  also potentially advantageous to our over-all health long term.

As opposed to hypnosis itself the only real danger of hypnotherapy, may be an inexperienced therapist failing to appreciate, and expertly deal with, the potentially complex needs of the client. As with any form of talking therapy the therapist is potentially dealing with distressing and deep seated issues, which require skill and professional judgement. Occasionally a therapist may inadvertantly miss-diagnose a problem, offer poor advice, or fail to provide adequate help.

To put this in some context, the safety record of hypnotherapy is far superior to the safety of prescribed medicines which are responsible, directly or indirectly, for many hospital admissions and many deaths each year. Therefore inappropriate and ineffective use of any skill, whether it be surgical, medical or hypnotherapeutic, can be harmful even if the procedure or medicine itself is completely safe.

The overall picture emerges of a form of therapy that has very low risks and the potential for huge benefits.

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Reference: Trancework:an introduction to the practice of clinical hypnosis (3rd Edn)

                    Chapter 2       The Myths about Hypnosis and a dose of reality

                    Michael Yapko            Brunner Routledge

                    New York and Hove 2003