What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring brain state, distinct from conscious and unconscious states, including sleep. We all experience this state naturally several times each day – when falling asleep at night, for example. When you are ‘in the zone’ or ‘zoning out’, you are in a state of light hypnosis. You might have experienced this when driving, watching TV, daydreaming, or engaging in a favorite activity or sport where you tend to ‘lose yourself’ in the activity.
Not only does this state feel very relaxing, but when you are in hypnosis, your inner mind is more open to change. With hypnotherapy we take advantage of this state to make the positive changes that you desire. It is much easier to align your conscious desires (health, peace, freedom) with your subconscious experience using hypnosis.
What does it feel like?
Hypnosis is a very pleasant, relaxing state of awareness. Most people experience this state of mind as a pleasant, deep state of relaxation.
What can hypnosis be used for?
Hypnosis can be used for many things, including changing bad habits, getting rid of unwanted weight, pre and post-surgery, and help with insomnia. It is also effective in dealing with anxiety, fears and phobias, depression and confidence.
Can I be Hypnotized?
In the late 1950’s Stanford University learned through subsequent studies that any person with normal intelligence can be hypnotized. Some are more easily hypnotized than others. The person must want to be hypnotized. Hypnosis is a natural, though altered, state of mind. You enter some form of use you haven’t been paying attention. Everyone goes through natural, altered states of hypnosis several times a day, like when you are driving and pass your turn-off because before they fall asleep, and as they come into wakefulness. Therefore, most people can enter hypnotic relaxation easily, provided they want to.
How will I know I am hypnotized?
There is no such a thing as a hypnotized feeling and most clients on completion would say they “felt deeply relaxed and aware”. During hypnosis, unconscious awareness expands, and clears space for the issue in focus. The positive change in your behavior after the sessions is the most important aspect of your session.
Can a person in hypnosis be controlled?
No. It only appears that way in stage hypnosis. Professional hypnosis is quite different. A hypnotist is there to help with your issues and needs your participation with the process yet you are always in control. If the hypnotist were to give you suggestions that you didn’t agree with or were morally against your beliefs, you would either reject them.
Can a hypnotist make me do something I don’t want to do?
All hypnosis is actually “self-hypnosis.” You are allowing the hypnotist to guide you into your deeper and broader memory and other resources. Since it is a 100% consent state, no one can hypnotize you against your will. You are free to reject and receive any suggestion at any time.
Can I get “stuck” in the hypnotic state?
You can’t get stuck. The hypnotist counts you out, and almost always you will hear the count. Since hypnotic levels are altered states between being fully awake and being completely asleep, you would merely fall asleep if you didn’t hear the count, and wake up when you are ready.
What can I expect?
First, I will gather information about your issue. Then I will spend time educating you about what hypnotherapy is and isn’t. I will perform simple exercises to determine your responsiveness. Next, I will lead you through a series of steps to relax your body and mind. I will then select and personalize a protocol most appropriate for your issue, which will help you meet your goals.
How long does Hypnotherapy take?
Although this varies from person to person, most clients complete between 2-5 sessions. Depending on the issue, some clients achieve what they want in 2-4 sessions. After our initial meeting, I can give you a better estimate based on your personal situation. Most Hypnosis – NLP sessions last 1-1.5 hours.