What is Hypnosis?
- Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis
- What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural, heightened state of awareness that allows the body to relax and the subconscious mind to become more receptive to positive suggestions. Typically, we all go into subtle forms of hypnosis as we fall asleep, watch a movie, or even drive an automobile. Hypnosis assists in reaching desired goals. It emphasizes the mind-body connection.
- How does hypnosis work?
After completing the cognitive part of the session, hypnotherapists use different methods to help their client achieve a calm and comfortable state. This allows the hypnotherapist to "disorganize the critical area" of the mind. Suggestions then can be received more deeply by the subconscious mind without being analyzed or filtered by the conscious mind, thus they have a far greater impact.
- How can hypnosis help me?
The subconscious mind holds memories and associations from conception to present - about 88% of our minds. By connecting to the subconscious mind, you can discover what’s really blocking your success (in all areas of life), change and release those images, and direct your energy to positive action*.
- Am I asleep?
No, you are not sleeping. You will be in a very pleasant, relaxed, and peaceful state in which all the senses are more acute. You will be awake and aware of everything that’s going on around you during your hypnotherapy session.
- How will it feel to be hypnotized?
You will feel very tranquil and peaceful, yet still aware of your surroundings. Your breathing will slow, and your body will be still and relaxed. Most people don't want to come out of the hypnotic state because they enjoy it so much.
- Can everyone be hypnotized?
Yes, everyone can be hypnotized.
- Will I be completely under your control?
No. Hypnotherapy will simply put you in a controlled state.
- How long will it take to see results?
Because every individual is different, the results and time frames vary. Depending on the challenge and your commitment to change, we will create an effective plan that’s personalized to your needs.
- Can I be forced to do something I don’t want to do under hypnosis?
Not at all. You will only be given positive suggestions that align with you morally and intellectually. You will be in control at all times.
- Will I be able to remember what happens during my hypnosis session?
"Remembering what happens" depends on the depth of your hypnotic state, your personality type and how conditioned you are to hypnosis. Different issues require different depths. You will be completely aware of what’s going on. Your hypnotherapist is there to merely guide you in connecting to your subconscious (where everything gets stored) so you can achieve your desired outcome.
- Will hypnosis be compatible with my religious beliefs?
All major religions view hypnosis as a therapeutic tool.
- What kinds of problems respond best to hypnosis?
Hypnosis provides excellent results for general self improvement, stress reduction, increasing self-esteem, confidence, overcoming fears and phobias, (such as fear of flying, panic attacks and public speaking), controlling eating habits and weight loss, pain management, increased motivation for success. Thousands have found success, for example, in permanently quitting smoking and improving focus and success when taking exams. Hypnosis also helps athletes enhance their performance*.
- What happens during my first session?
We get to know each other. We begin by looking closely at the areas you wish to focus on and the changes or improvements you wish to make. The first session is about getting you accustomed and conditioned to the hypnotic state. We'll determine if you are more left or right brain dominant (to see how you respond to suggestions). Then you'll sit in a comfortable chair and simply listen to my voice as you enter a relaxed state. You'll be given specific suggestions to help achieve your goals. When your session is over you will open your eyes and feel refreshed and relaxed.
- Are the sessions confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality, your general well-being, and your safety are my top priorities.