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Hypnosis is the oldest of all healing techniques and has been practised for thousands of years.  There is evidence in ancient Sanskrit writings of the use of healing trances and healing temples in India.  From the Sleep Temples of Egypt, through the histories of Ancient Greece and Rome some form of hypnosis has been an intimate part of all cultures. 

Unfortunately, at the beginning of the 20th century, hypnosis was used almost exclusively by stage hypnotists, projecting a hopelessly distorted view of this very powerful, safe, therapeutic tool.

However, in 1955 the British Medical Association endorsed the practising of hypnosis in Medical School education, since when it has become a valuable addition to conventional medical treatment.

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS – how does it feel?

Hypnosis is definitely  NOT LIKE SLEEP and definitely  NOT LIKE STAGE HYPNOSIS.  It is a feeling of neither being awake nor being asleep, a little like day-dreaming.  I would describe it as a very pleasant feeling of relaxation.  It is an altered state of consciousness/awareness, into which individuals allow themselves to enter.  

The subject always remains in complete control and is aware of and hears everything that is going on around.  You cannot be hypnotised against your will.

Trance is a natural state, NOTHING MAGICAL, that occurs when your attention is fixed on one thing, absorbing you to the exclusion of all else.  We all experience WAKING HYPNOSIS, sometimes several times a day.  For example, many people have had the experience of driving along a familiar road and suddenly realising that several miles have gone by, of which they have been completely unaware. 

Approximatlely 90% of people can achieve a light trance, and we all experience trance differently.  Some people may feel gentle tingling sensations, some, feelings of lightness or heaviness of limbs, while others may experience feelings of drifting and floating but whatever you feel it is a very pleasant feeling of relaxation.


With permission, I teach all my patients self-hypnosis, allowing the patient to become an active participant in the change process.  Self-hypnosis is taught to reinforce gains achieved in therapy and to focus on and reinforce goals and positive achievement.  There is in fact no need to have an issue to possibly reap the benefits of self-hypnosis.  Self-hypnosis aids relaxation, and can help to deal with stress and tensions caused by modern day living.  It charges up the batteries,  and can help BLOOD PRESSURE.  The unconscious controls automatic functions like blood flow, breathing and heart rate and in this wonderfully relaxed state everything naturally slows down.


Clinical Hypnotherapy is the term for using hypnosis for the treatment and possible relief of many medical conditions and also where emotional and psychological factors are involved, and is often successful where other more conventional methods of treatment have failed.

The hypnotic trance state is when the body is relaxed but the mind is focused and alert.  The conscious mind can drift away, leaving an opening clear, allowing the therapist to communicate with the patient’s highly suggestible unconscious mind.  Previously discussed positive beneficial suggestions may then be given directly to the receptive unconscious mind, possibly helping the patient to remember or find inner resources that may help them effect desired change. 

The unconscious contains our attitudes, habits and beliefs and constantly influences our thoughts and behaviours.  Trance may allow a patient to gain a more objective view of their issue and from this position the patient is possibly able to change their perception of that issue.  Once perception is changed there is a far greater chance that a solution can be found.


I offer a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION for half hour.  The first session lasts two - two and a half hours and subsequent sessions last approximatley one hour.  The number of sessions depends on the presenting symptom, how suggestible the patient is and how quickly the patient responds.

STOP SMOKING is a 1 session technique, lasting approximately 2.5 hours.

i hypnosis Pamela Hewstone DHyp PDCHyp MBSCH Clinical Hypnotherapist