Conscious and Sub Conscious Behaviour
The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word Hypnos – the God of Sleep – in the misbelief that sleep and the hypnotic state are similar. In fact the state of mind achieved in hypnotherapy – the trance state – is vastly different from sleep and unfortunately many who fear being “put to sleep” avoid hypnosis when it may in fact be very beneficial.
In order to understand hypnotherapy we need to be aware of the interrelation between our mind and our body:
- The mind controls the workings of the body – heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing, bowel function, nervous system, etc, so that improving the function of the mind will help bodily functions and reduce disease whether psychological or physical in nature
- The body helps us understand our state of balance or imbalance by producing symptoms – messages that all is not well in the mind/body system.
The aim of hypnotherapy is to improve the harmony, to balance the system and reduce illness by making use of the trance state. The trance state is a natural state of mind similar to daydreaming, which has been shown to have amazing and powerful benefits to our mind/body system.
Dr. Brian Roet receives referrals from The Health Equation at his practice in Putney for Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy. Gerry can also refer you to central London based Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists who practice an integrated approach to medicine when clinically indicated.