Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most commonly ask questions about Hypnotherapy or Hypnosis. Remember these answers are simple and practical answers to these questions. If you want more detail, please call.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a completely normal state of mind that we all go into several times a day. For example, day dreaming, driving home from work on auto pilot, reading a book, and forgetting what you just read after turning the page are all good examples of the State of Mind called Hypnosis. That happens every day. When we think of traditional Hypnosis it is a combination of well-known and normal psychological states – which when all put together creates the effects of Hypnosis and is used in hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis. Hypnosis is the formal name that has been given to the formal application of various methods to place a person into this state on relaxed mind and laser beam focus.
Because it feels like such a normal state and they were expecting something very strange. Some people ask if they’ve really been hypnotized. The zombie-type states you see being shown in movies and TV are pure fantasy.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy can be said is application of therapeutic methods when a person is in the State of Hypnosis. There are 2 altogether different forms or approaches to clinical hypnotherapy.
A form of treatment that is ideal for helping you to cope with such things as self-development, particular fears, doubts, nerves, smoking, self-doubt, certain habits, some weight-control problems, stress, and even a proses called hypno-healing (that is working with the body`s immune and healing systems) Plus there is much more.
Is form of treatment that is used for the more fundamental or you could say deep-seated problems or issues. This approach aims to find and eliminate the underlying rudimentary cause of such things as irrational fears, emotional problems, relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems, lack of confidence, personality problems, sleeping difficulties, stuttering/stammering, anxiety, inferiority complex, unhappiness, phobias,…. I could just keep on going, but you could say for most other problems and issues where there is a psychological factor at work.
How does it feel to be hypnotized?
It really a great feeling! Can you remember how it feels just before you fall asleep at night? Hypnosis is a natural state that feels similar almost like that.
When you awaken from hypnosis, you feel refreshed and revitalized. You will feel as if you were relaxing in a very comfortable space. You will be able to hear everything like my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside. Another good way to think about is, relaxation is a subjective experience (for example, some people relax at the beach, for others it is chopping wood), so is hypnotic trance subjective experience and what each person feels. One thing people love is that the feeling is the opposite to stress, so you will feel relaxed and calm
How do you put people into hypnosis?
We use the traditional approach and some not so traditional approaches to hypnosis. Some using words and imagery and others using sound to guide your mind into a relaxed state and here is list of some of the hypnotic techniques.
- Rapid induction technique
- Pace and Lead technique
- Physical posture technique
- Sensory overload technique
- Stealth technique
- Visualisation technique
- Eye fixation technique
- Mirroring technique
Is hypnosis “Mind Control”?
NO!!! Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be made to do anything against his or her will. Your moral and ethical codes will still be in place under hypnosis.
The unconscious mind’s job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your will, you will also not say anything to embarrassing you, say anything you don’t want to say or do more than you are comfortable doing. Usually, if a hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply “wake up.” You are in complete control at all times.
What about those stage hypnotists that make people do strange and silly things?
NO! The person being hypnotized are still in control. A Stage hypnotist will carefully select people from the audience to find the ones who best respond to Hypnosis. The “control factor” is still zero, the person on the stage allows the experience to be their main focus and find they are easily able to go along with the suggestions.
How much will I remember in Hypnosis?
Remembering the experience is entirely an individual thing, it totally depends, if you want to, you will remember.
How deep will I go?
The best answer is that you will go as deep as you need to. Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realized that depth (or not) has little bearing.
Here is an interesting fact. Hypnosis improves with practice. The more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state. It is a skill and like all skills.
How do I know if I can be hypnotized?
Everyone can be hypnotized and yes I do mean everyone, because it’s state. The only controlling factor is the person has to be willing to be hypnotized. “All hypnosis is self-hypnosis”, which means if you want to do it, you will. There are a very small minority of people who have difficulty being hypnotized they are usually those who
a) don’t really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience.You can try hypnosis for free Just GIVE US a CALL.
What does hypnosis feel like … or … How can I tell if I’m hypnotized?
Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while listening to music or being given a good sermon at church, sometimes reading a gripping book, or even while watching TV or playing on your telephone ! Here are some personal feelings one may experience when in a hypnotic state:
- Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).
- Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.
- Mental relaxation.
- General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.
- Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).
- Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.
- Eyelids locked together, unable to open.
- Jaw muscles relaxed.
- Teeth unclenched.
- Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.
- Dryness in mouth.
- Desire to swallow.
- Moisture at corners of mouth.
- Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.
- Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.
- Euphoria (state of well-being).
- Tingling or numbness in any portion of body.
- Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.
- Desire to laugh, smile, giggle, or cry.
- Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).
- Body warmth or chill.
- Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.
- Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.
- Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).
- Voice sounds fading in and out.
- Letting go as if falling asleep.
- Occasional involuntary sigh.
- Feeling of lightness.
- Feeling of floating.
- Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there.
Can I “get stuck” in a Hypnotic Trance?
NO Not at all. Hypnosis is a very natural and normal state and you cannot hold anyone against will. If a client were to go so deep as to enter a truly deep state and left there, (something we would never no) they would simply go into natural sleep and awaken when they were rested.
Can hypnosis hurt me?
No! In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis.
What if I’m under a doctor’s care or taking medication?
If you have any questions about whether or not hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, Please call and ask us, if we don’t know the answer we will ask you to call your GP.
The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need less amounts of it, or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favor it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.
Can hypnosis help me?
“Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?” “Improving my golf game?” “Helping me relax during exams?”Curing my insomnia?” Etc.
Hypnosis is used to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. It will not make you grow taller or change the color of your eyes or cure cancer. But it will help with emotional states of mind that contribute towards the healing of conditions and works with ‘Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors’
Hypnotherapy can Be Helpful In:
Asthma Treatment Hypnosis
Be Less Critical
Be More Patient
Being Yourself Socially
Breast feeding Relaxation
Building Self Confidence
Building Self Esteem
Chewing Tobacco Addiction
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Confidence in Class
Cool Down Blushing
Dealing with Disappointment
Don’t Take It Personally
Drink More Water
Ease Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Ease Raynauds Disease
Eat More Vegetables
Feel Attractive Now
Fitness Class Motivation
Get Back on Track
Hay fever Relief
High Blood Pressure
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Jet lag Reliever
Let Go Of The Past
Let It Go
Love Your Pregnant Body
MRI Scan Anxiety
Musicians & Singers Nerves
No More Mr Nice Guy
Pregnancy after Miscarriage
Prepare for Surgery
Put Yourself First
Quit Smoking – Stay Stopped
Reduce Salt Intake
Remember Your Medication
Stand Up for Yourself
Stay Calm with THAT Person
Stop Being Defensive
Stop Being Fussy
Stop Being Irritable
Stop Comparing Yourself
Stop Cracking Knuckles
Stop Cursing / Swearing
Stop Drinking Soda
Stop Facial Tics
Stop Judging by Appearances
Stop Negative Thoughts
Stop Nervous Laughter
Stop Nose Picking
Stop Popping Zits
Stop Self Blame
Stop Thinking the Worst
Stop Thumb Sucking
Watch Less TV
Weight Loss – Eat Healthy
What Others Think
Worry Less about Your Kids
You’re Not Stupid
And Many More…
I’m not aware of ANY issue that cannot be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis.
What’s the difference between self-hypnosis, guided imagery, creative visualization or meditation?
There’s not a tremendous difference at all. Some other thing that are similar are “Guided Imagery” or “Previewing” perhaps sound a little less mystical than “Hypnosis” and “Self-Hypnosis.” All of these processes are simply procedures to relax the body and focus the mind. The state you attain can feel similar for each no matter what you choose to call it.
How quickly will I experience results from hypnosis?
There’s a lot of factors at work here. For the best answer for you. Call us “Let’s Talk” We will and can give you a plan of action and be able to answer that question with a lot more accuracy.