The science


Hypnosis is based on the principle that our unconscious mind can help us make positive change.

When we think about our mind we usually only think about the tiny conscious part; where thought and reasoning take place.  The other 90% is our unconscious which controls our breathing, our fight or flight response and the millions of automatic decisions we make every day.


The unconscious mind is great, we couldn't do without it, BUT there are times when it gets things a little bit wrong. Sometimes we learn habits and beliefs which are unhelpful.  They become automatic even though we wish they wouldn't!


Unhelpful Habits & Beliefs

I can't stop smoking

I can't stop eating chocolate

Spiders are frightening

Public speaking makes me nervous

I'm not lovable


This means however hard we try not to eat that extra piece of chocolate or fear spiders, the unconscious is running the show.

We can use hypnosis to directly replace these unhelpful habits and beliefs with positive new ones. It works because our unconscious becomes much more open to positive suggestions when we reach a state of deep relaxation (a trance).


A trance is nothing magical or strange, just a natural state we all go into from time to time. We go into a trance when our busy conscious mind quietens down and we start to daydream. It often happens when we are tired, while watching TV or driving long distances.

Hypnosis is a way of helping us reach a trance quickly. A relaxing combination of voice and music is used to help us unwind and drift into our imaginations. Our unconscious is then able to soak up positive suggestions like a sponge! New habits and beliefs go straight in and become automatic. 

This simple technique can, quite simply, change lives:


Positive beliefs after hypnosis

I am a non-smoker - cigarettes are disgusting to me

I no longer bite my nails

I only enjoy a little chocolate

I only drink a small amount of wine

Spiders do not scare me

I am a confident public speaker

I am lovable


Positive beliefs are not just another name for positive thinking. They are not about willpower.

They are a strong deeply-held conviction that you believe completely.

Does hypnosis work?


In short, yes! Hypnosis has been used for thousands of years and it continues to be used because, quite simply, it gets results. More and more people are turning to hypnosis because it offers a safe, drug free solution to a wide range of issues.

Sadly, hypnosis is often discovered as a last resort when every other option has been explored. We are forever hearing people say that they didn't really know what it was and that now hypnosis has helped them they wish they'd discovered it sooner! 

Scientists are also realising just how effective hypnosis can be. Take a look at some of their findings:

  • In a study involving over 100 patients suffering from stress 75% felt their symptoms were improving after 12 weeks of self-hypnosis. Within a year 72% of the group reported complete remission of their symptoms as a result of the self-hypnosis.
    — Maher-Loughnan, G.P. 1980, “Hypnosis: Clinical application of hypnosis in medicine’, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 23: 447-55
  • A study of over 72,000 people wanting to quit smoking found that hypnosis was 3x more effective than nicotine replacement therapy and 15x more effective than trying to quit alone.
    — Journal of Applied Psychology at the University of Iowa, October 1992: "How One in Five Give Up Smoking"
  • A ‘Clinical Review’ of hypnosis in the BMJ looked at the existing research on hypnosis and concluded that hypnosis was proven to be effective for treating insomnia.
    — Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349
  • A study comparing the use of self-hypnosis and relaxation therapy in managing anxiety found the self-hypnosis group exhibited: greater confidence in the positive effects of the treatment, higher expectation of success, and greater degrees of cognitive and physical improvement.
    — Lucy O’Neill, Amanda Barnier, & Kevin McConkey, ‘Treating Anxiety with self-hypnosis and relaxation’, Contemporary Hypnosis, 1999, vol. 16 (2): 68

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