So, what is hypnosis and how can it help with wellbeing at work?

Essentially, trance is a naturally occurring deeply relaxed state that we all experience which can help alleviate stress and enhance wellbeing in the workplace.

Have you ever been in your car and missed a junction on the motorway? Chances are, you missed that junction because you were in a trance! If you have children you might have noticed that when they are engrossed in something, be it watching TV or playing a game, they block everything else out and when you speak to them they don’t hear you. Again, this is because they are in trance. Being in trance is totally natural and we go in and out of trance many times each day without being aware of it.

One of the things that is often misunderstood about hypnosis is that the hypnotherapist creates the trance and the client is not in control. It’s completely the opposite. As a client of hypnosis it is you that creates the trance state and you can come out of this state at any point should you wish to – as the client you are in complete control. Hypnotherapists cannot “compel” you to do anything you don’t want to do and they will work with you to get the best result for achieving your aims. In fact, many people who expect to feel “hypnotised” are surprised to find they simply feel deeply relaxed.

The trance state does, however, enable people to effectively respond to suggestions. Therefore, the therapy helps clients to change certain behaviours and bad habits and can be used to treat anxiety, substance abuse, such as smoking, and can be used to help aid sleep. It’s also very useful for helping clients feel energised and confident in a variety of situations both in their personal and professional lives. For clients who have physical pain, hypnosis can be a useful tool in helping with pain management. Studies reveal that hypnosis is effective in alleviating chronic and acute pain. The therapy was first used to reduce pain in cancer patients, but it’s now used for several other conditions such as arthritis, surgery anxiety and burns. It can also enable people to gain control of their eating habits, instead of allowing food cravings to control their lives, and is very useful in helping people lose weight and become healthier and fitter.

Hypnosis can also be used as a fantastic tool for well being at work. Being able to access a deeply relaxed state, free from anxiety and all of the stresses of the modern workplace can have huge benefits for employees. Using hypnosis during wellbeing group workshops or in one to one sessions can leave employees feeling less stressed, more energised and focussed which in turn reduces sickness absence, increases productivity and results in a happier workforce. We often run relaxation sessions using light trance as a lunch time session in organisations which are hugely popular and we can also include hypnosis as part of our executive coaching programmes.

If you would like to chat about how hypnosis can help, either your organisation or you personally, get in touch and we’ll be happy to tell you more.

Kali Fraser