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  1. What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

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    What’s the difference between hypnosis and meditation?

    People often ask what the difference between meditation, hypnosis and also mindfulness is, so here is one way that I like to explain how things work to people.

    There are some similarities and also a few differences between them, and I often talk about how this means that hypnosis can be easier for people than meditation.

     What is the difference between meditation and hypnosis

    Ways that they are similar..

     Both hypnosis and meditation are all about learning to take yourself off to a quiet and peaceful state of mind that helps promote calmness of thoughts and reduce levels of stress and anxiety.


    Some people find a good way to talk about the two is to use the example of asking what the difference is between alcohol and wine. Lots of people now use apps to help them meditate and of course when we think of someone practicing meditation we often imagine a Buddhist monk on a mountain in Tibet, sitting cross legged and spending many hours achieving a calm state.

    So, in that way, meditation can be seen as a more specific, specialised way to find yourself in a type of hypnotic state. It is also often thought of as being part of a wider spiritual system.


    Ways that they differ..

    One of the biggest differences is that hypnosis is usually more directed and then used to help people detach from emotions and behaviour that people don’t want so that they can then begin to see new ways of thinking and behaving.


    This is why we would use hypnosis to help stop smoking based on the conversation we would have. We can then weave all the positive benefits of becoming a non smoker into a directed hypnosis session for you.

    We can utilise the power of positive suggestion within hypnosis to bring about subconscious change to the way you think and feel about being a smoker and cigarettes.  When we use hypnosis we help you to drift into a calm type of hypnotic relaxation and focused attention, so that the suggestions can enter your subconscious mind.  


    With meditation the work is all done by you. You are the one trying to relax yourself and let your thoughts go to wherever you want them to go whilst meditation occurs. Of course this can actually be very difficult and that’s why visiting someone who can do hypnosis for you makes things much easier.


    In a nutshell I always talk about how mediation can be quite hard to do on your own and hypnosis is much easier when you have someone to guide you and you can just lie back and relax and let things happen to you. You are always in control, but you almost don’t even need to listen as the words drift over you and you drift in your own imagination.

    ...and mindfulness?

    Well mindfulness is all about living in the moment, not worrying about things that have already happened or about things that haven’t happened yet. You can learn that when you are out for a walk you can enjoy the walk, feel the warmth of the sun on your face, and hear the sound of the leaves on the tress rustling while detaching from whatever else is happening in your life. Of course this takes a bit of practice and hypnosis can help you as well as using some meditation techniques too.

  2. Hypnosis to stop Teeth Grinding

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    Hypnosis to stop Teeth Grinding

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    How can I stop grinding my teeth? It’s a question that I am often asked alongside people who come and see me with a fear of dentists. It may not surprise you to hear that fear of dentists is one of the most common fears and phobias!


    I have written about both those things before and you can read all about hypnotherapy for fear of dentists here: https://www.markpowlett.co.uk/fearofdentists.html


    One of the problems with teeth grinding is that it can cause jaw pain and headaches, as well as wearing down your teeth too.


    What can I do to help stop teeth grinding?


    The first thing to do is make sure that you see your dentist or your doctor. They need to take a look at your mouth and also what could be causing the problem. Normally people grind their teeth in their sleep and that pain of headaches and jaw issues can make your teeth more sensitive too. The technical term is bruxism and you need to take steps to stop it from causing you further problems. 


    Sometimes when you speak to your dentist they can fix a problem that may be to do with alignment of your jaw or teeth with a brace or other assistance. If medication is needed a doctor can prescribe this for you.


    The role of stress and anxiety in teeth grinding.


    It may not surprise you to hear that most people that suffer from bruxism grind their teeth because of stress and anxiety. If you are not dealing with the things that stress you in the day, then you may well not be sleeping well, and that grinding is one way that your body deals with it.


    Hypnotherapy for teeth grinding helps you look at what could be causing that stress and anxiety and then deal with it. It’s about changing the things in your life that cause you worries and then learning to let go and relax.


    Often just seeing someone to talk to makes a huge difference right at the start. Seeing a professional who is there to help you with no judgement or agenda other than just making sure that you feel better is always a good idea.


    Once you start to learn how to let go of stress and those anxious feelings you can learn to sleep more soundly and awake feeling much more refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. When we deal with that root cause and you learn to relax and think about how you want things to be, rather than how you worry they may be you can be surprised at the difference.


    So, make sure you see your doctor and your dentist regularly and if you would like to experience the benefits of hypnotherapy for fear of dentists, or hypnosis for bruxism then you can email me on [email protected]