FAQs

 Questions about my hypnotherapy sessions in Manchester

 What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis, to enhance your mental and/or physical wellbeing. Hypnosis is in fact a very natural state, one which we enter every time we daydream, or become engrossed in a good book. Hypnotherapy involves the therapist guiding you into a state of deep relaxation, so that the conscious awareness is dampened down and subconscious awareness is greatly enhanced. This allows the therapist to talk directly to your subconscious mind to make beneficial suggestions to you on a deep level.

Who can benefit most from hypnotherapy?

Anyone can benefit from hypnotherapy, although I usually recommend the client be at least 7 years old. It is safe for pregnant women, the elderly and those with medical conditions.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

Hypnosis is a completely natural state which works with your mind’s natural way of operating so it is very safe, providing that it is performed by a competent therapist. I am a fully qualified hypnotherapist and registered with the CNHC.

Will I ‘go under’?

During the hypnotherapy session you will enter a state of hypnotic rest. Hypnotic rest is simply a deeply relaxing state between wakefulness and sleep.

Is it possible to get stuck in a trance?

No, it’s impossible to get stuck in a trance as everyone comes out of the hypnotic state. If you are enjoying the experience very much, you may resist coming out of the hypnotic state but if this is the case, you may simply drift off into a restful sleep until you naturally wake up.

Are there people who can’t be hypnotised?

It may be very difficult for those who do not want to be hypnotised to enter the state of hypnotic rest, but if you want to be hypnotised, you will be able to enter this state easily. If you are particularly analytical or sceptical, I will use special methods to make it easier for you to enter hypnosis.

Can you make me do something against my will?

This is one of the greatest concerns but also the biggest myth about hypnosis. Stage hypnotists frequently appear to be making people do the strangest things but, in truth, these people are ‘performing’ on stage because they want to be outrageous / provoke a laugh etc. A stage hypnotist’s key skill is recognising these potential star performers and selecting them as willing volunteers.  They would never waste their time trying to hypnotise a reluctant person and what they do bears no relation to properly administered hypnotherapy.  Your subconscious mind will not allow you to violate your personal values and beliefs.

Will I remember what has happened?

This varies from one person to another and depends on the situation. Some clients report hearing everything the therapist says and, as a result, remember much of it.  Others, meanwhile, may only hear parts of the session meaning that they only remember parts. In some cases, clients may not remember any of the therapy at all; however the beneficial changes will still become apparent in your day-to-day life.   It’s a bit like dreams really- some people remember them whilst others don’t but many pop into your mind in the course of everyday life.

Will I tell you things I don’t want to?

Despite being in a hypnotic state, you still remain in complete control and will only tell me things that you truly wish to. You will be in charge of your thoughts, feelings and actions the whole time.

Will hypnosis help me remember things from my past?

Yes, but it varies depending on the approach used.  If the cause of your problem is a repressed memory (one that you are unable to remember consciously), then bringing it back into conscious awareness can help you to view the problem from a different perspective and so feel differently about it.  If you find the idea of revisiting old memories painful then your therapist can help you to dissociate from them so that you can remember the experience without experiencing the painful emotions associated to them.    

Is there any medical or scientific evidence for hypnotherapy?

Yes, research shows that there is more scientific evidence for hypnotherapy than any other complementary therapy.

In 1999, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a Clinical Review of current medical research on hypnotherapy and relaxation therapies, it concludes:

  • “There is good evidence from randomised controlled trials that both hypnosis and relaxation techniques can reduce anxiety, particularly that related to stressful situations such as receiving chemotherapy.” 
  •  “They are also effective for panic disorders and insomnia, particularly when integrated into a package of cognitive therapy (including, for example, sleep hygiene).” 
  • “A systematic review has found that hypnosis enhances the effects of cognitive behavioural therapy for conditions such as phobia, obesity, and anxiety.” 

I’ve tried hypnotherapy before and failed, is it worth another try?

Yes.  Just because hypnotherapy hasn’t worked for you in the past, it doesn’t mean it won’t work for you now.  I have helped clients in this situation to succeed.  Building a good rapport between the client and the hypnotherapist is really important so sometimes trying someone new can be very helpful.

Questions about my Reiki sessions in Manchester

What is Reiki?

Reiki (Ray-Key) literally means “Universal Life Energy”.  Reiki is an energy that is contained within and flows between all animate and inanimate objects. For human beings, Reiki energy naturally flows through our body, keeping us alive, healthy and emotionally balanced.

Obstructions in this energy flow occur frequently, especially as a result of our ever increasing busy, stressful lives.  Such blockages lead to a loss in energy, health problems and emotional imbalance, and just feeling generally unhappy.

The practice of Reiki is a deeply relaxing method of healing that aims to restore this balance by kick-starting the energy flow and eliminating any blockages.  Reiki should not be underestimated.

Reiki healing can be a life-changing process, enabling you to overcome years of pain, or giving you the clarity and strength to change the direction of your life.   

 Who can benefit most from Reiki?

Everyone can benefit from Reiki healing. Even if you are a relatively calm and healthy person, Reiki healing on a regular basis will benefit you enormously by keeping you balanced and healthy.  Reiki is particularly useful for those with physical symptoms and also those suffering from anxiety and uncertainty. Reiki is excellent for pregnant women, helping them not only to relax, but to bond with baby and your unborn baby will love it too.

What are combination hypnotherapy and Reiki session?

During these sessions, you will be given hypnotherapy and Reiki simultaneously. In practise, this means that I will place my hands on or over various points of your body whilst also making positive suggestions to your subconscious mind.  The combination of both therapies is extremely powerful and I believe the relaxed state generated by the Reiki healing enhances the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy

What does it feel like?

All of my Reiki clients report that they feel a sense of deep relaxation, peace and calm.

Reiki healing can make you feel hot or cold, have tingling sensations, smell pleasant odours, or experience visualisations.  All of these stop as soon as the session has ended.

Some people may not feel much at all other than being relaxed and might even fall asleep.

 How many sessions will I need?

This varies depending upon your needs. Usually three initial sessions will be needed to unblock your mind and remove obstructions.  Further sessions may then be needed for re-balancing, and maintaining a healthy energy flow.

How frequent will the sessions need to be?

Initially, the sessions would need to be no longer than 2 weeks apart. After that, further sessions can take place once every month or so.

Is it safe?

Reiki is extremely safe. It is even safe enough to use in unborn babies and animals.

Are there any side effects?

 Following a Reiki session, you may feel a strong sense of emotional release, which my manifest itself in many ways, for example frequent urination; short-lived headache; short-term worsening of symptoms before they suddenly end; feeling emotionally high and low.  All of these effects will subside within 2 weeks of the healing treatment and there are no known long-term negative side effects from Reiki.

How much does it cost?

 Please click here for full details of my fees.

Other questions about my Manchester hypnotherapy practice

Can you treat children?

 Yes, Reiki can be carried out from birth or even on an unborn child whilst you are pregnant. Hypnotherapy for children in Manchester can be safely carried out once they have reached about 7 years old.

What is your success rate?

Success is different for everyone and it’s impossible to scientifically ‘measure’ the results but I do know that every single one of my clients has been helped in some way by the therapy.  Visit my testimonials page to read what they have to say about me.

 I can’t make face to face sessions, can you still help?

 Reiki distance healing sessions are possible.

What qualifications and training do you have?

I hold a Diploma in Hypnotherapy, work as a qualified Reiki Master in Manchester, am registered with the CNHC and hold an enhanced CRB certificate.  I am also a specialist in hypno-birthing and have been trained to carry out the easibirthing (R) course to promote natural labour and childbirth.

 How can I contact you?

If you are interested in hypnotherapy and Reiki in Manchester or simply want to get in touch you can telephone me on 07837380665 or e-mail, in confidence, to hypreiki@aol.co.uk

Where is your practice?

I am based Withington, South Manchester, M20.  I am within easy reach of Didsbury, Chorlton, Stockport, Cheadle and central Manchester and am well placed for many people looking for hypnotherapy and Reiki in Manchester or the North West.

I don’t have a job at the moment, are there any special reductions?

Yes, I do offer a reduction for the unwaged. Please visit my fees page for more information on what I charge for hypnotherapy in Manchester.

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