Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis can simply be defined as a state of heightened suggestibility in which you’re able to reprogram your mind and body for success. It’s an integrative process of rebuilding habits and behaviors, as well as emotions, beliefs, and feelings.
Have you ever found yourself completely immersed in an activity to the exclusion of everything else? That is a natural trance state. Common examples of this are while watching a movie and becoming transfixed in the plot. Or in working intently and finding that the last four hours have flown by without your conscious awareness. Perhaps you have been reading a book and been so transfixed that you did not hear someone come in and speak with you. Perhaps they surprised you or “woke” you from the state of mind and had to repeat their salutation to you.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state you’ve already experienced thousands of times. It is not manipulation, mind control, or magic. It simply is a tool that will allow you to tap into the power of your mind and take control of your life.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Yes! Anyone who is willing to be hypnotized can experience the state. When working with an experienced professional, the techniques and program will be customized for you. Our clients report they easily achieve the state and can use it for their continued success long after the sessions are over.
Will I lose control?
No. Hypnosis is a state of mind that requires consent. You will be aware of what I am saying during the session, and cannot be made to do against against your own morals. You cannot be made to tell secrets while experiencing hypnosis.
A common misconception of hypnosis involves a potential client thinking that they may be “too strong-willed” to be hypnotized. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The stronger your ability to focus and concentrate, the faster and easier you will go into hypnosis.
Will I be asleep?
No. Hypnosis is actually a heightened state of awareness. The hypnotized subject is cognizant of their surroundings. You will hear cars outside or even voices from the room next door – confirming you are alert and in control the entire time. We also employ a number of techniques utilizing post-hypnotic suggestions, and you will remember everything that happened during your session.
Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is a natural ability of the mind that we all experience daily. The use of hypnosis has been recognized by the American Medical Association since 1958. It is completely safe when practiced by an experienced, professional hypnotist. It is only dangerous if you are driving or operating machinery, so hypnosis audio products should not be listened to in those circumstances. There has not been one documented case of hypnosis doing harm to a person.
What does it feel like?
By definition, hypnosis is NOT a state of relaxation, but as many issues are related to stress or anxiety we often create a profoundly relaxed state to assist in making the changes. Most people report feeling very relaxed or pleasantly lethargic. Many clients are surprised at how “normal” the experience feels, as many have been conditioned by movies or television to think there is a “magic feeling” that suddenly washes over you.
Your mind will be alert and perceptive of the suggestions it is receiving. Your focus will be directly on your experience or the words of the suggestions you are receiving.
I have a friend who tried hypnosis, and they said it didn’t work – what happened?
The success of your experience is dependent on two factors – that person’s willingness for change and the skills of the hypnotist.
If an individual doesn’t have an honest desire for change, such as a smoker who is only seeing a hypnotist at the urging of a spouse, they are not prepared to accept the suggestions for positive change. If, however, the smoker is fed up with the habit and no longer wants the cigarettes to be a part of their life, they are primed for success.
Hypnosis is not a “one size fits all” process. Your hypnosis experience at Hypnosis for Change will include a pre-session interview in which we will identify your goals and custom-design a program for your success.
How long does it take?
Rapid change is possible with hypnosis. Sessions are scheduled for 60-90 minutes. You will probably have a distorted sense of time. You will feel like you have been hypnotized for just a couple minutes, even though the hypnotic process is usually 30-45 minutes of our time together.
We schedule appointments based on you and your needs as our goal is to provide you with the most effective hypnotic process in the most efficient use of your time. This model allows for an effective series of sessions with continued reinforcement, self-hypnosis training, and proper customization for your unique set of needs. Sometimes that means a series of weekly sessions and depending on the situation, we can schedule a longer time together, such as a few hours or full day and just be done with the issue once and for all.
If you find yourself on a weekly series, most people begin to experience benefits from the very first session. Contact us today to learn more about our current pricing and availability.