Is hypnosis like stage hypnosis?
No, hypnosis is NOT like stage hypnosis. Stage hypnosis is completely different from hypno-THERAPY. With hypnotherapy, you can clear mental blockages, let go of emotional baggage and create changes you want to create in your life by simply empowering your subconscious mind.
Are there any side effects to hypnosis?
Side effects of hypnosis are a state of relaxation and a feeling of overall wellbeing. Clients usually feel like waking up from a nice long nap.
Am I being controlled while in hypnosis?
You will have 100% control of your thoughts and feelings. Some deep hypnosis levels can result in amnesia. However, you will be complete aware of what is going on during the session. We will not be using such deep levels of hypnosis where you will have amnesia as that is not necessary for this program.
What if you can’t bring me out of it?
This cannot happen. Less than 10% of the population achieves such a deep trance state that they dissociate or “black out” like they do when they receive anesthetic. Such people, called “somnambulists,” do not consciously remember what happens during hypnosis unless the hypnotherapist suggests that they will. Even these people will wake up at the end of a session. Most people, however, achieve a light trance state (alpha) in which they are aware of what is happening although they are completely relaxed and focused.
Will I do something against my will?
When you are hypnotized, you are aware of all suggestions given to you and you will not do anything that you are opposed to doing.
Is hypnosis habit forming?
No. Hypnosis is a very enjoyable state of relaxation but a person never becomes addicted to hypnosis.
What if I fall asleep during the hypnosis session?
That was a valid question a few years back, before we had advanced research on the topic. It has been discovered by several research groups that the hearing acts like a surveillance camera. Your eyes close, but you ears cannot close. They remain open always, taking in information constantly. When a mother is “asleep” and hears her baby cry, she will “awaken” immediately. The truth is, we never really sleep, a part of our brain is always alert. That part is our hearing. It stays alert to protect us and or offspring. If someone breaks into your home while you are “asleep,” you will be alerted as soon as you hear a noise. Your hearing is “on” 24/7, taking in information and recording it. In hypnosis, we use this to your advantage, so even if you fall “asleep” during the session, your brain is still recording all of the information in your subconscious mind.
What if I’m too intelligent for you to be able to “put me under?”
Intelligence is directly correlated to suggestibility. The more intelligent you are, the more easily you can be hypnotized. People of a below-average IQ find it difficult to go into a hypnotic state. Geniuses are naturally close to a hypnotic state of Alpha most of the time and therefore enter hypnosis easily. This accounts for their ability to transfer information from their subconscious mind to their waking like and bring to the world their creations.
Will hypnotherapy magically change my life?
Hypnosis is a tool to help you change. It will not MAKE you change something without some work on your part. There is some work that you must do to see fast results. Resistance to entering a hypnotic state can slow down results. If you absolutely did not want to be hypnotized, then you will probably not experience the deep relaxation that helps bring about the changes.
What if I don’t believe in hypnosis? Will it still work?
If you are intentionally resisting hypnosis, it won’t work because you are always in control. If you are skeptical yet open to hypnosis and truthfully seek improvement, hypnosis will help you access your subconscious mind to instill new habits and thoughts as in a hypnotic state your critical and analytical mind is less active. However, the skepticism may or may not delay results.
What are the signs I am under hypnosis?
Most people experience deeper, more rhythmic breathing, eye lids fluttering and eye movements behind the eye lids, spinning or floating sensations, need to swallow, dry lips and dry mouth, hearing regular everyday sounds louder than usual. However, not everyone experience all these signs.
Can I use hypnosis instead of seeing a doctor?
No. You should always seek the advice of a medical doctor before making a major change in your life. If you are seeing a psychotherapist, counselor, psychologist or a licensed therapist please seek their advice before turning to alternative methods such as hypnosis.