One question that I am often asked at my Leeds hypnotherapy practice is Are hypnosis downloads as good as face to face hypnotherapy sessions? To answer this, we need to look at the differences between pre-recorded hypnosis products and face to face hypnosis sessions.
A typical hypnotherapy session will usually involve a combination of discussion along with questions and answers, which are then used to provide therapy that is tailored to you and your situation. A variety of hypnosis and therapy techniques may be used including analytical hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (HypnoCBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). During face to face hypnotherapy sessions, the therapist is able to assess how you respond and make any changes or adjustments to the therapy as your sessions progress.
Many pre-recorded hypnosis products such as MP3 audio downloads and CDs are usually designed to address a specific problem and often use a variety of therapy techniques to maximise the chance of a successful outcome. However, the session has been pre-recorded, so there isn’t the same opportunity to tailor the session to your needs. In order to be relevant for as many people as possible, the content of the audio recording also needs to be fairly general, so some of the suggestions may be absorbed on a subconscious level and have the desired effect for some people, whilst others may not.
Think of it this way; if you were studying a distance learning course in a foreign language, you could study the course in your own time using books and the internet and you would probably learn enough of that language to get by. But if you really wanted to understand the language and get real life experience of speaking it, you would need to attend a course in person and be taught by a tutor who speaks that language.
If you don’t have the time or opportunity to see a hypnotherapist for hypnosis sessions in person, hypnotherapy downloads can be a great alternative to help you achieve your goals. Here are my top five benefits of hypnosis audio downloads:
You can listen to the download as many times as you like
Suggestions given in hypnosis often become stronger, the more times they are repeated. Hypnosis is like a skill and the more you practise, the better you can become.
You can listen to the download wherever you like
If you find it difficult to take time off work to visit a hypnotherapist in person, one of the benefits of hypnosis downloads is that you can take them with you and listen to them wherever you are* (*hypnosis recordings should never be listened to whilst driving a vehicle, operating machinery or doing any other activity that requires concentration).
You can start listening to hypnosis downloads almost straightaway
When you order a hypnosis download online, you don’t have to wait for an appointment with a therapist or wait for a CD to arrive through the post.
If you prefer not to discuss the problem or issue with another person, hypnotherapy audio downloads allow you to experience the benefits of hypnosis whilst maintaining your privacy.
You can take time out and relax
Many hypnosis audio downloads feature relaxing background music which can help you to relax deeply. Spending 20 to 30 minutes taking time out to relax each day can not only help you to feel better, but it can have positive health benefits too.