What is Hypnosis Coaching and How Does It Work?
Hypnosis is a cooperative interaction where a Professional Hypnotist guides the client into a state of highly focused attention. It is NOT sleep. While the subject typically feels calm and relaxed, they’re otherwise awake and alert the entire time. In the trance state, you’re able to focus intensely on a specific thought, memory, or emotion while blocking out distractions.
Everyone experiences natural states of hypnosis daily. An example of the type of focused attention we’re talking about occurs when you become engrossed in a movie or football game on TV. You naturally tune out peripheral worries and distractions, because you’re focused on what’s happening on the screen in the present moment.
As a coaching technique, hypnosis is a means of communicating directly with the subconscious mind. The benefit of subconscious communication is to harness internal resources of the mind, and create desired changes. During hypnosis, the subconscious mind has heightened receptivity to suggestions for positive behavioral change.
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What is Hypnosis Used For?
People engage the services of a Professional Hypnotist for a variety of reasons:
Habits and Behavior Modification:
- Smoking Cessation
- Stop Overeating or Craving Junk Foods
- Eliminate Bad Habits, like Nail Biting
- Overcoming Sleep Problems
Coping with Negative Emotions:
- Manage Stress and Anxiety
- Break Free from Specific Fears and Phobias
- Release the Emotional Intensity Behind Past Traumas
- Motivation and Decisiveness
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Public Speaking and Leadership Values
Pain Control: (Licensed Health Professionals):
- Relief From Chronic Pain
- Surgery Preparation (Pre and Post)
- Painless Childbirth. Yes it’s a thing!
- Cancer Treatment for Side Effects Related to Chemotherapy
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
During your hypnosis session, your mind will be active and alert the entire time. You’ll hear the words of the Hypnotist, and remember as much from the session as you would from any normal conversation.
Rather than being a loss of control, hypnosis is about taking control of those parts of your life that aren’t going the way you’d like.
What does hypnosis feel like? It’s like lying in bed on a Saturday morning, half-awake, half-asleep. You’re aware of everything going on in the room, as you continue to lie in bed with your eyes closed.
During your hypnosis session, you’ll always be aware of your surroundings. You’ll hear cars outside, or maybe even voices overheard from the next room. There may be moments where you find yourself deeply interested in every word, and other times your mind seems to wander off for a brief moment. All of that’s okay! Just allow yourself to relax into the process.
It’s simply a matter of following some easy instructions, and having a simple conversation. When the Hypnotist asks you to imagine something, just imagine it. If the Hypnotist asks you to think about something, think about it.
During the session, you MIGHT feel a heavy feeling of relaxation. You MIGHT notice a light, floating sensation. Or, you MIGHT just feel like you’re sitting in a chair having a conversation. Whatever you feel is perfectly fine. The experience of hypnosis can vary dramatically from one person to the next. There is no ONE specific hypnotized feeling.
Hypnosis is NOT necessarily a state of relaxation. However, it’s common to use hypnosis to create a profound state of relaxation when resolving issues like stress or anxiety. Many people are surprised at just how “normal” it is to experience a hypnosis session. Following the session, people tend to feel pleasantly relaxed, or even quite energized.
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized?
Absolutely! Everyone can be hypnotized provided they have at least average intelligence and an ability to focus. Since hypnosis is a collaborative effort, the main requirement is a willingness to be hypnotized.
The only thing that would hold you back personally would be a fear or misconception about hypnosis. Hypnosis, like most successful interactions between two people, requires trust and rapport between you and the Hypnotist.
Trance is a naturally occurring state of mind. Everyone goes in and out of trance several times a day. You’ve experienced the following situations, have you not?
- Driving along the highway, you suddenly realize you passed your intended off-ramp several minutes ago. You’ve been in a state of “highway hypnosis.” Experienced drivers perform most of the actions of driving unconsciously.
- Reading a book or watching TV, you’re intently focused. Has someone ever had to call your name a few times in order to get your attention? That high level of focused attention is a trance state.
- Daydreaming is a naturally occurring trance state. You’re internally focused on something so intensely, you hardly notice what’s going on around you. Levels of consciousness fluctuate throughout the day in rhythmic patterns.
- Smartphones! Yep, mindlessly scrolling through social media is a highly addictive trance state. It’s a common scene. Virtually everyone is staring intently at their phones, oblivious to their surroundings.
The natural trance state is NOT sleep. It is a state of strong mental focus. This mental focus may be a fixation on a fantasy, daydream, Facebook, or perhaps a problem at work. Regardless, your mind naturally goes into the trance state to refresh itself as well as access mental resources that are not readily available from the analytical conscious mind.
Your EMOTIONS are a function of the subconscious. If you’re in ANY kind of emotional state, you ARE in a state of trance! The experience of laughing out loud, for example, is a trance state of extreme focus on the present moment.
Your IMAGINATION is the realm of the subconscious. While actively engaging your creative imagination, not only are you in a trance, but you’re activating the most powerful regions of your mind.
I’m Too Smart to Be Hypnotized!
The success of your hypnosis experience is dependent on two factors:
- Your willingness to change (aka motivation), and
- The skills of the Professional Hypnotist.
High intelligence typically correlates with a good ability to focus, and a strong imagination. Therefore, highly intelligent people are easily hypnotized. Of course, cooperation is required. Hypnosis is a collaborative effort.
Intelligent people have the capacity to seek out and utilize the resources necessary to achieve their goals. Hypnosis Coaching is the most efficient strategy to do that.
- Who’s the EASIEST person to hypnotize? An intelligent person that is strongly MOTIVATED to make a change in their life!
- What are the traits of a GREAT trance subject? Smart, focused, and motivated!
There’s a common misconception that “strong-willed” people are hard to hypnotize. It’s quite the opposite. The stronger your ability to focus and concentrate, the easier you’ll go into hypnosis.
A person WITHOUT a sincere desire to change, such as a smoker who only contacts a Hypnotist at the behest of a spouse, just won’t have the right mental attitude to accept suggestions for positive behavior change. Alternatively, a smoker that is truly annoyed with their habit, and genuinely wants to become a nonsmoker, will likely be highly successful.
I Have Trouble Relaxing. Will Hypnosis Be Difficult for Me?
Relaxation is NOT a requirement for hypnosis. Relaxation is often suggested during a hypnosis induction for the reason that when you are relaxed, you’re more attentive and focused on following instructions. Rather than relaxation, hypnosis is more accurately described as a state of increased mental focus.
Performance athletes commonly achieve a state of wide-awake self-hypnosis during competition. This is a state of mind where subconscious resources are allowing the athlete to be highly responsive, acting at peak performance. People refer to this as being “in the zone.” This enhanced responsiveness is the result of bypassing the critical factor of the conscious mind that wants to slow down and analyze things
Will I Say Things About My Personal Life While In Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is NOT a means of making somebody do something they normally wouldn’t do. Instead, it’s a means of empowering a person with access to inner resources not available at the conscious level. You cannot be made to tell secrets while experiencing hypnosis. In fact, you won’t divulge anything during hypnosis that you otherwise wouldn’t share.
Will I Be Under the Control of the Hypnotist?
Any suggestion that is unwanted or against your moral values will automatically be rejected. You have the ability to emerge yourself from trance at any time. Contrary to how hypnosis is portrayed in movies and cartoons, you don’t lose control over your behavior while in the trance state. You won’t say or do anything that is contrary to your morals or core beliefs.
You’ll hear everything being said by the Hypnotist, and you’ll only accept suggestions that reinforce the desired transformation agreed upon in advance between you and your Hypnotist.
Many people are surprised at how “conscious” they are during a typical hypnosis session. Hypnosis Coaching sessions are highly interactive and conversational.
How Many Hypnosis Sessions Does It Take?
Please allow up to 90 minutes for your first session, and approximately one hour for your subsequent sessions.
After an initial strategy call, clients are scheduled for a brief program of sessions to address the needs of their specific goal. These sessions are generally spaced out about 1-2 weeks apart.
Most clients begin to experience tremendous benefits from their very first hypnosis session. However, keep in mind that hypnosis is a process.
The goal is to provide you with the most effective Hypnosis Coaching program with the most efficient use of your time. This allows for an effective series of sessions with adequate reinforcement, Self Hypnosis training, and customization for your unique situation.
What is Self Hypnosis?
Self Hypnosis is the process of putting yourself into a resourceful trance state. From there, you can visualize or imagine desired scenarios of yourself achieving your goals. This is a learned skill that improves over time with consistency and repetition.
For example, a corporate executive could use self-hypnosis to visualize or imagine delivering a perfect presentation at their next important meeting. This mental conditioning creates confidence, a mental edge, and literally improves actual performance on the day of the event.
Self Hypnosis is a method for achieving relaxation, boosting self-confidence, and focusing on specific goal outcomes. There are different approaches to self hypnosis, so your Hypnotist will teach you strategies that are congruent with your desired outcomes.