The definition of hypnosis: a relaxed, focused state of attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid imagery. The term 'Hypnotherapy' is often used to indicate the clinical setting.Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is a normal state of mind, one which most people go in and out of every day. When you are watching a movie that you are immersed in, driving down a long monotonous road, listening to music that captures a mood, you are in hypnosis. We experience hypnosis every day and don't even know it.
Like when you are driving down the road in trance or in a guided hypnotic trance session, you have an observer self, which is an actual part of you that is always aware and watching out for you. This observer self has been documented as a credible aspect of our mind, that keeps us safe, even when asleep. During hypnosis you can trust that your observer self will watch over you. This is not a guide or spiritual being, is a scientific discovery of a function of our brain. During a hypnosis session you would instantly get up and leave the room if it caught on fire, even if had previously felt like your arms and leg were too heavy to move.
No. You are always in control and you have always a choice. You will not share any information that you don't want to share. Your brain did not stop functioning or reasoning. However, you may find that you discover some inner truths about yourself, or your situation, or some self sabotage, that you did not know about consciously.
Can Hypnosis make me do something against my will?
Absolutely not. This is probably the biggest myth of all. Stage hypnotists seem to make people do strange things while hypnotized, but the truth is that these people are doing these things because they have agreed - consciously or not - to be a part of this act. Stage hypnotists choose their subjects carefully to have willing participants. You will never do anything, or accept any suggestion that violates your morals or values.
Hypnosis is one of the most misunderstood processes. Partly because people are used to seeing it misrepresented in the media but also because they have never really had it explained to them properly. On an initial session, we as hypnotists and hypnotherapists tend to spend quite some time helping people get a solid understanding of what it is.
Some people can be very manipulative. We all ultimately make our own choices but there is no doubt in my mind that you can use psychological tricks and manipulation to push people into doing things they wouldn't normally do. But why would a hypnotherapist want his or her clients to feel manipulated? A stage hypnotist may want to do it to make for a great show. A hypnotherapist focused on assisting his or her clients to improve their lives certainly does not want something like that.
When someone is in hypnosis they tend to feel far more empowered and able to make great decisions themselves. So choose a caring, experienced and qualified hypnotherapist and you really can’t go wrong.
You cannot get stuck in a state of hypnosis. It simply cannot happen. If the hypnotist left the room, or if you were listening to a tape and the power went out, you would either fall asleep and wake up naturally, or your subconscious mind would detect that there is no voice guiding you and bring you to conscious awareness.
Will I forget everything during the session?
It occasionally happens that there is amnesia for the session. Sometimes the hypnotist will suggest that you forget what transpired, and occasionally this may have that effect. Most hypnotists want you to be aware of the session. You will be aware of everything around you, and remember most, if not all, that happened in the session. Usually, you will remember it better than a conversation we had, because your mind is in such a focused state.
Is hypnosis/hypnotherapy safe?
Yes. Hypnosis is a completely safe and natural process. In a safe environment and working with a well trained hypnotist, it is really no different than a session of deep relaxation and the application of creative imagination. There is no evidence of hypnosis being dangerous especially when used by a professional therapist in an appropriate manner.
Everybody can be hypnotized. Some find it easier than others.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that we all go in and out of everyday. The key is utilizing that state to achieve powerful changes and improvements. This is why hypnotherapy can be such an incredibly powerful process and may be one of the best experiences of your life.
What problems can be treated by hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be applied to many psychological, emotional and physical disorders. It is used to relieve pain in surgery and dentistry and has proved to be of benefit in obstetrics. It can shorten the delivery stage of labor and reduce the need for painkillers. It can ease the suffering of the disabled and those facing terminal illness, and it has been shown to help people to overcome addictions such as smoking and alcoholism, and to help with bulimia. Children are generally easy to hypnotize and can be helped with nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting) and chronic asthma, whilst teenagers can conquer stammering or blushing problems which can otherwise make their lives miserable.
Phobias of all kinds lend themselves well to hypnotherapy, and anyone suffering from panic attacks or obsessional compulsive behavior, and stress-related problems like insomnia, may benefit. Conditions exacerbated by tension, such as irritable bowel syndrome, psoriasis and eczema, and excessive sweating, respond well, and tinnitus and clicky jaws can be treated with hypnosis.
What are the potential side effects?
You could find yourself becoming more relaxed and more confident, losing weight, stopping smoking, feeling more energetic, experiencing greater feelings of health and well-being… In other words, because hypnosis is safe and natural, the side effects are positive.
Will I be ‘put under’ hypnosis?
No. There is no ‘under’. It is another myth from the days when people really believed that a hypnotist could control you. Hypnosis is actually all about you being more ‘in control’. You’ll feel great, and you can come out of the state of hypnosis any time you want. You will feel empowered.
Do you offer evening appointments?
We certainly work some evenings. These appointments tend to be the most popular so aren’t always available. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
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