All right! If you're like me and love movies, you know how every TV show and movie has a character undergoing hypnosis only to find themselves revealing too much information. The last big screen personality I saw undergo the treatment was Johnny Depp's suave vampire in Dark Shadows, who also hypnotized people himself in the flick. Creepy!
But real hypnosis is not creepy, nor does it require vials of blood draped around your neck. In fact, it's great for women.
Hypnotherapist Jacqueline Hurst says, "Women's health comes under scrutiny a lot. We are meant to be perfect wives, perfect girlfriends, perfect employees, perfect mothers, daughters, sisters, friends...the list goes on. The problem with this is that women often end up in my office exhausted. They don't know what to do or what not to do next."
OK, does this sound like you? Probably!
"The power of hypnosis can really help stop patterns in their tracks and be recalibrated to a much healthier way of life. The hypnotherapy technique I work with requires a lot of advanced skill and expertise but works wonders if the client is really truly ready," she says.
"Let's imagine for a moment that a woman finds it really hard to say no." THIS WOULD BE ME...and probably you.
"It's not so easy just saying 'Hey, if you say 'no,' then you will find you have more time, your life becomes easier and you will find an inner confidence that you never knew you had.'"
"If it was that easy, we would just start doing it," Hurst says.
"The reason its not that easy is because something is stuck in the brain, something like, 'If I say no, no one will like me. If I say no, I'm not being a good girl. If I say no, then they will NEVER ask me again.'"
She tells us, this behaviour arises from childhood.
"The thing is, all of those negative inner thoughts are lies. And usually, they have been picked up in childhood. The brain takes A LOT in from the ages of 0 to 6 years old, and whatever happens during those very potent years becomes the blueprint for life. If we get taught as kids to always be a good girl and say yes, we take that behaviour into adulthood even if it doesn't serve us."
So this is where hypnosis gets involved," she says.
"The subconscious mind is 90 percent of the brain,; the conscious is only 10 percent. This means that the subconscious really is the driver of the machine. Working with the 90 percent means we can get to the root cause of the problem in no time and recalibrate it so that whatever the issue is, it gets changed so deeply that it doesn't 'change back.' In my practice, I use a mix of processes to help recalibrate the mind to start seeing things differently, to get an adults perspective on the child's experience and then start to turn it around. It's a powerful, natural technique that many people use, to literally change their lives."
Hypnosis seems to be a great idea when you've tried everything else. What's more is it is an old therapy form turned new again with big celebs like Orlando Bloom trying it. And hey, if it's good enough for him, why not the rest of us?