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June Stevenson of Harmony Therapies (based at Room to Relax on Mid Street) has been practising hypnotherapy for 13 years and has gained a number of qualifications for this.
Recently, with the clients permission and without disturbing the session, I observed June practising hypnotherapy and was amazed at how effective it was.
On arrival June invited us into Room to Relax before discussing with the client the issue they had and what they would like to happen during the hypnotherapy session. She then asked them to take a seat and make themselves comfortable. She did also make it very clear that the client would be in control throughout and if they should feel too uncomfortable they were to say and she would stop.
Once the client was comfortable June started using relaxation techniques. She spoke in a slow relaxing voice encouraging the client to close their eyes and to focus on their breathing while also counting down steps and directing them to a control room in their mind. It was amazing to see the client relaxing before you.
Once the client was relaxed June guided them through the process of eliminating the fear by entering their control room and finding their fear. You could actually see the client looking for their fear and although they seemed to be in a dozing state they were able to answer questions and follow June’s guidance. Once they had found their fear June asked what they would like to do to make it less fearful before getting the client to do as they wished. June also taught the client a technique involving squeezing the thumb in order to turn down the fear. The client did this while under hypnosis but this can also be used in the future should they feel uncomfortable regarding the fear. At this point June asked the patient some questions relating to their fear and you could see the client tense up slightly. The client said that their fear was still there but not as bad.
As the fear was still present June relaxed the client more and tried a different approach. This was more successful and when she asked the client to imagine the fear again the client said it didn’t bother them at all.
Once the client felt that their fear had gone she relaxed them even more and took them down more steps to their subconscious mind where they found a room designed as they wished which made them feel comfortable and safe. Once there June reiterated that the subconscious mind now understands that you have removed the fear and that from now on you can feel calm and safe when the previous fear presents itself. Again you can noticeably see the clients breathing changing here, it’s even calmer.
June then slowly takes the client out of the hypnosis by counting back from 1 to 10 while providing calm, safe and positive advice. Once the patient reached 10 they opened their eyes.
When the client came out of the hypnosis they said that they had felt like they were asleep but not at the same time and that they had had pins and needles in their arms. June said this was as a result of being in a deep hypnosis towards the end (there are different depths of hypnosis and these were evident during the session). She asked the client how they now felt about their fear and it had completely gone – both myself and the client were amazed that only one session had cured such a deep seated fear. I said to June that I noticed how she constantly watched the client and she advised that this was to see how they were responding to her course of therapy, and to make sure that they didn’t become too uncomfortable at any point. If she sees the client becoming too uncomfortable she brings them out of the hypnosis, finds out why they were uncomfortable and then tries a different approach, should they wish. With this client she could tell that the first approach wasn’t removing the fear so she altered her approach which obviously resulted in the desired effect.
Each client is different and will respond in different ways so June has to watch carefully so that she can tailor the session appropriately. It is also worth noting that at no point did June tell the client what to do, she asked the client questions and used their answers to direct them to the next point.
I also asked if it was more challenging to work with clients that don’t know the cause of their issue but she said this doesn’t matter, as once they are hypnotised she is able to ask questions to get to the root of the cause.
June can help with a variety of unhelpful issues, not just fears. She can provide hypnotherapy for anything from being a fussy eater, nail biting, fear of flying, help to stop smoking and with weight management to dealing with stress and anxiety.
She also said that for hypnotherapy to work you can be sceptical but you will need to want to get rid of your fear/phobia or want to make the change which was definitely proved in this session as the client wasn’t 100% sure hypnotherapy would work but really wanted to get rid of their fear. Hypnotherapy can also work for children, even as young at three. A more story like technique is used for children.
June also said that once a fear has been eliminated it tends to stay that way but for things such as stress or ongoing issues you can record your tailored session and use it again in the future when the issue presents itself again.
If you would like help with any unhelpful issue you may have then why not consider hypnotherapy. If you are interested in this please contact June at Room to Relax on 01542 887 869 or visit the Room to Relax Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RoomtoRelaxKeith/. In addition to hypnotherapy Room to Relax also offer Aromatherapy, Bowen Therapy, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Reflexology and Thai Foot Massage.
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