Medical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy)

An induced state in which carefully phrased therapeutic suggestions allow new links in your mind to emerge that positively alter the way you feel, think or do.

What does it feel like to be in hypnosis?

When you are in a state of hypnosis you will be in a very comfortable and pleasant state of relaxation. When going into a hypnotic trance your breathing and heartbeat rhythms slow down. At the same time your brain produces more Alpha waves. Alpha waves are the brain waves that are associated with quiet and receptive states.

When hypnotised, the subconscious part of your mind becomes open and receptive to original good ideas and suggestions, and your mind can develop better ways of thinking. The thoughts in your mind will become freer from the limitations of your conscious analytical mind. The deeper the hypnotic state that you go into, the more concentrated and focused your mind will become.

Often, when in a hypnotic state and with the appropriate suggestions, subconscious processes can be amenable to positive change. Thereby, self-limiting thinking, emotional feelings or inappropriate or self-destructive behaviours can be made healthier.

It is quite common to go into a hypnotic trance-like state without realising it. Examples of this include: day dreaming, becoming ‘lost’ and fully engrossed in a book, film or music. If you’ve gone on a journey and can’t quite remember how you got there, then you’ve been in a mild hypnotic trance state.

Will I lose my sense of being in control when hypnotised?

No, when you are in hypnosis, you cannot be made to do anything that you would not ordinarily do, that would be against your will or better judgment or that would conflict with your inner beliefs and values.

Are there any risks associated with hypnotherapy (hypnosis)?

Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) is not dangerous. However, if it is not appropriately used, there may be a cause for concern. It could happen if the person providing the hypnotherapy (hypnosis), because of their limited medical background or medical knowledge, has not taken an adequate history and has missed an underlying health problem. In such a situation some other form of care from a doctor or other health care professional may be more appropriate.

Do I need to be referred?

You don't need to be referred to have hypnotherapy with us. However, if you have medical insurance cover, please check with your insurance provider if you need to be referred.

Hypnosis book chapters, conference presentations and academic publications by our hypnotherapist Alan Szmelskyj

Szmelskyj, AO. (2018). Hypnosis for managing low back pain: Moving back for the future. In Jensen MP (Ed.), Hypnotic techniques for chronic pain management: Favourite methods of master clinicians (Voices of Experience). Denny Creek Press. ISBN-13: 978-1946832085.
Szmelskyj AO. (2018). Nuancing weight management using future focused hypnosis: British Medical Journal 2018;361:k2538 doi: .
August 2017 Speaker at XIV European Society of Hypnosis Congress. Hilton Deansgate Hotel Manchester, UK. Topic “Improving The Efficacy Of Clinical Hypnosis For the Management Of Non-Specific Low Back Pain and Dysfunction”
February 2008 Poster presentation. Advancing Osteopathy 2008 conference. The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster, London. Topic “Stress and palliative stress management in fibromyalgia”.
Szmelskyj, AO. (1998). Do complementary therapies stimulate the body’s natural painkilling medications? A literature review. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 6(1): 36-41.
Szmelskyj AO. (1997). Psychosocial and hypnotic theories of osteopathy and therapeutic applications. Journal of Osteopathic Education and Clinical Practice. 7(1): 32–40.
April 1994 Speaker at 9th Annual Residential Conference. International Association of Hypno- Analysts, Coventry Hill Hotel, Coventry. Topic “Osteopathy and hypnosis. Where do they overlap?

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