Hypnosis is a cooperative interaction between two people. A Professional Hypnotist guides the client into a state of focused attention. Hypnosis is NOT sleep. The subject feels calm and relaxed, but they’re otherwise awake and alert the entire time.
Hypnosis is a means of communicating with the subconscious mind. The goal is to harness internal resources of the mind, and create desired changes.
During hypnosis, the subconscious mind has heightened receptivity to suggestions. The Hypnotist delivers positive suggestions intended to create behavioral changes for the client.
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What is Hypnosis Used For?
People engage the services of a Certified 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:
- Motivation and Decisiveness
- Confidence and Self-Esteem
- Public Speaking Confidence
Medical Hypnosis: (Licensed Health Professionals):
- Relief From Chronic Pain
- Surgery Preparation
- Painless Childbirth. Yes it’s a thing!
- Cancer Treatment for Side Effects Related to Chemotherapy
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
The feeling of hypnosis is 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.
Rather than being a loss of control, hypnosis is about taking back your power. You take back control of those parts of your life that aren’t going the way you’d like!
You Hear Everything During a Hypnosis Session
Your mind will be active and alert the entire time. You’ll hear the words of the Hypnotist. You’ll remember as much from the session as you would from any normal conversation.
During your session, you’ll always be aware of your surroundings. You’ll hear cars outside, or even voices overheard from the next room.
You may find yourself deeply interested in every word of the Hypnotist. Other times your mind seems to wander off for a brief moment. Either way, just allow yourself to relax into the process.
Hypnosis is a Conversation
Hypnosis is a matter of following some easy instructions, and having a simple conversation. When the Hypnotist asks you to imagine something, imagine it. If the Hypnotist asks you to think about something, think about it.
Hypnosis is NOT a Specific Feeling
Hypnosis does NOT require relaxation. But, relaxation is helpful when resolving issues like stress or anxiety.
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 during your session is fine. The experience of hypnosis varies from person to person. There is no ONE specific hypnotized feeling.
People are surprised at how “normal” it is to experience a hypnosis session. Following the session, people tend to feel pleasantly relaxed, or even quite energized.
What is Trance?
During a hypnotic trance state, you’re focused on a specific thought, memory, or emotion. You block out or ignore external distractions.
An example of trance is the focused attention when you become engrossed in a movie or football game on TV. You tune out peripheral worries and distractions. You’re focused on what’s happening on the TV screen in the present moment.
Natural Trance States
Everyone naturally goes in and out of trance states several times a day. Here’s a few examples:
- Driving along the highway, you realize you’ve missed your intended offramp. You’ve been in a state of “highway hypnosis.”
- Reading a book or watching TV, you’re absorbed in the story. Has anyone ever had to call your name a few times to get your attention?
- Daydreaming, you’re internally focused. You hardly notice what’s going on around you. Levels of consciousness fluctuate throughout the day.
- Smartphones! Mindlessly scrolling through social media is an addictive trance. People stare at their phones, oblivious to their surroundings.
- Emotions. ANY kind of emotion is a state of trance! Emotions are a function of the unconscious mind.
Can Everyone Be Hypnotized?
Absolutely! Everyone CAN be hypnotized. Hypnosis only requires average intelligence, and an ability to focus. Hypnosis is a collaborative effort between two people. Thus, the main requirement is a WILLINGNESS to be hypnotized.
The easiest person to hypnotize is an intelligent person that’s MOTIVATED to make a change in their life! The traits of a GREAT trance subject are smart, focused, and motivated!
The ONLY barrier to hypnotizability is a fear or misconception about hypnosis itself. The hypnotic process is a communication between two people. Successful communication requires trust and rapport between you and the Hypnotist.
The success of your experience is dependent on two factors:
1. Your willingness to change (aka motivation), and
2. The skills of the Professional Hypnotist.
Highly intelligent people have excellent focus and strong imagination. Thus, intelligent people are excellent hypnotic subjects.
It’s a common misconception that “strong-willed” people are hard to hypnotize. Quite the opposite. The stronger your ability to focus and concentrate, the easier you’ll go into hypnosis.
Relaxation is NOT a required for hypnosis. Relaxation may or may not be present during your session. Hypnosis is as a state of increased mental focus. Performance athletes, for example, achieve a state of wide-awake trance during competition. People refer to this as being “in the zone.”
Hypnosis is NOT a means of making somebody do something they normally wouldn’t do. You CANNOT coerce someone to tell secrets while in hypnosis. In fact, you won’t divulge anything during hypnosis that you otherwise wouldn’t share.
You never 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. Any suggestion against your moral values is automatically rejected. You have the ability to emerge yourself from trance at any time.
Generally speaking, 3-5 sessions will do the trick for most problems. For most of my clients, that’s all we need to get you to the other side of the issue and keep the momentum going. Occasionally, I have clients elect to add sessions after that to work on other challenges.
What is Self Hypnosis?
Self Hypnosis is the process of putting yourself into a resourceful trance state. From there, you imagine scenarios of yourself achieving your goals. This is a learned skill that improves over time.
Self Hypnosis is a method for achieving relaxation, boosting confidence, and rehearsing outcomes. There are different approaches to self hypnosis. Your Hypnotist will teach you strategies that are effective for your desired outcomes.
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How Do We Get Started?
First, let’s have a brief strategy call to discuss your challenges. During this free consultation, we’ll determine the best program for your goals. Also, you’ll get an idea of the number of sessions needed, and investment required.
Clients have access to my online calendar to schedule sessions at their convenience. Sessions are generally spaced about a week apart.
Please allow up to 90 minutes for your FIRST session. Subsequent sessions are approximately one hour.
Most clients begin to experience tremendous benefits from their very first hypnosis session. Yet, keep in mind that hypnosis is a process.
You’ll get the most effective program with the most efficient use of your time. This means an effective series of sessions with adequate reinforcement. Your program will include Self Hypnosis training, and customization for your unique situation.