It’s still the first week of Switch DXB and we’re already doing some things that are challenging my mind as well as my body. We only met as a full group on Day one and on day two we are ready to start spending a bit of time finding out more about each other and ourselves.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this session to be honest. The more I think about myself and how I act etc makes me believe that I’m more of an ‘action’ and ‘carry on regardless’ sort of person than a deep “self and /or inward thinker”. So when I saw Relaxation Hypnotherapy on the list of activities I was a bit unsure of what to expect and wasn’t sure it was for me.
I’ve tried Hypnotherapy once previously and found it really stressful and came out feeling like a bit of a failure as I didn’t feel that I had managed to benefit from the session, or to have been hypnotised – who knows maybe I was but just didn’t appreciate it at the time. In hindsight I think I had ‘hynotherapy block’ and just couldn’t allow myself to relax and go with the session.
Chatting to my friends about what to expect it seems that most people associate Hypnotherapy at it’s extremes ranging from shows where the audience are often encouraged to do funny things whilst hypnotized or with the more unusual areas e.g. past life regression. Few people thought about it for relaxation purposes at all which was interesting as this is exactly what we were going to do.
I’ve tried Hypnotherapy once previously and found it really stressful and came out feeling like a bit of a failure as I didn’t feel that I had managed to benefit from the session, or to have been hypnotised – who knows maybe I was but just didn’t appreciate it at the time. I think I had ‘hynotherapy block’ and just couldn’t allow myself to relax and go with the session.
What is Hypnotherapy? (Source Wikipedia)
Hypnotherapy is an alternative curative healing method that is used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviours or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.
A person who is hypnotized displays certain unusual behavior characteristics and propensities, compared with a non-hypnotized subject, most notably heightened suggestibility and responsiveness.
As a group we were given an option, either to have individual sessions or to join and have a group session, we choose a group session and then spent some time trying to understand what Relaxation Hypnotherapy was, and equally, what it wasn’t so no eating onions as if they were apples, no regressing to the past, nor any ‘think yourself slimmer, stop smoking, cure your fear of flying’ for us – the purpose was purely to work on relaxation therapy.
Anyway, after some do’s and don’ts the office lights were dimmed and we took a comfortable place on the sofas and Zoe started the session. The session focussed on relaxation and Zoe took us through a number of relaxing activities each encouraging us to relax deeper and be more conscious of our surroundings that we were envisaging. The session, was really relaxing and whilst I was conscious of the what she was saying throughout the session and remember what she said I also know that when we finished I felt like I had been ‘zoned out’ for a very long time and felt completely relaxed.
As a final reminder, we received a recording of the session which we can use at home to aid relaxation which is really useful
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Our Hypnotherapist was Zoe Turner of Simply Flawsome.