Frequently Asked Questions
Hypnosis is a technical term for a natural state of mind. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation and focused concentration. Brain scans show that the brain enters into a specific state under hypnosis, similar to the time just before you fall asleep when one enters the alpha state.
This is a very pleasant state of mind, people simply feel very relaxed. It is a normal state of mind, therefore many people do not even feel they are in hypnosis, but simply very relaxed. During hypnosis, the mind is very open to imagery and the subconscious emerges more freely and is more receptive to suggestions to create change.
There is an enhancement of emotional learning and increased insight. The hypnotic state is frequently experienced during times of daydreaming, prayer or meditation, or “highway hypnosis” when we’ve been staring at the road for prolonged periods of time.
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. Everyone can be hypnotized. In fact, people go into a light state of hypnosis every night on their way to sleep and every morning as they are waking. You have to pass through a state of hypnosis to get to sleep, and you pass through it again on your way back to full consciousness when you wake up. If you can fall asleep, you can be hypnotized.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A hypnotist or is simply a guide in the process. That means that you can only be hypnotized if you want to be.
Do I have to believe in hypnosis in order for this to work?
Belief in hypnosis is not required for hypnosis to be effective. Hypnosis is a science. It’s like saying you have to believe in gravity for it to work, or electricity for you to turn lights on and off. The only things that are required are the desire for change, the ability to hear my voice and a willingness to follow directions.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis feels different to everyone. Some people report a floating or tingling sensation, others feel weighted down like a heavy and comfortable blanket has been placed over them. Others don't experience very many physical sensations yet have a sense of extreme mental clarity. The one thing that everyone has in common is a feeling of calm, peacefulness, and relaxation that begins during the hypnosis session and stays with you for hours or days afterwards.
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”. Others may feel lightness or a tingling feeling, others feel heaviness while others report they did not feel anything. However, 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 hypnotherapy session.