Hypnotherapy does it work?
Updated: Jan 27, 2020
Can Everyone be Hypnotised?
YES. The lightest state of hypnosis (Alpha) is achieved easily. Everyone enters a hypnotic state every day, several times per day. It’s that state you are in when you are watching TV, reading a good book, playing video games, and, yes, even driving. It’s the state you are in when you are just waking up or just going to bed. You are not fully conscious, but you are not fully unconscious either. In this state you’re up to 200 times more suggestible than when you are fully awake (Beta). Many people, when they hear about hypnosis, say, “Well, I can’t be hypnotized.” These people have been misinformed, mostly by Hollywood, about what hypnosis is and is not. It is not necessary to be in some sort of an otherworldly trance to be in hypnosis. Hypnosis is a natural state which everyone moves in and out of throughout each day. Many of our everyday normal activities are actually performed under hypnosis without us being aware of it. Hypnosis is just like the state you are in when you have been driving a car for a long distance. You know that feeling. It’s not that you are oblivious to everything; it’s just that you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli. Your focus is on the road. If something were to happen which required your attention, such as a car trying to pass you, your body and mind would be able to properly respond. Also, you would be able at any time you chose, to notice the beautiful trees or old farm mills or anything else you may be driving past. Another example of hypnosis is playing video games. Some people can play video games for hours in one sitting. If someone were to talk to you while you were in a video game session, you would be able to respond. A third good example of a hypnotic state is being on the computer. People who are using a computer are focused on what they are doing, but can intelligently answer the phone when it rings. So, hypnosis is no different than driving a car, playing video games, or working on a computer. Most people engaged in these activities would not think they are in a trance, but they are. They are in a light hypnotic trance known as Alpha. In alpha, your mind is slowed down just a little, your focus is narrow, your breathing is slow, and you are relaxed. Most people have driven a car, played a video game, working on a computer, or read a really good article; therefore, to say that you cannot be hypnotized is to misunderstand the true nature of a hypnotic state. Since you are up to 200 times more suggestible even while you are in the light state of alpha, anything beyond this is unnecessary for most purposes (i.e. programming someone to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome the fear of flying, etc.). You can have an extremely effective hypnosis session while being aware of and able to recall every word spoken by the Hypnotherapist.
What makes a person a good candidate?
Anyone who wants to make a change in his or her life is a good candidate.
Is hypnosis appropriate for everyone, are there any drawbacks?
Hypnosis is appropriate for most people. There is controversy over the use of hypnosis for people with epilepsy or who have schizophrenia. There are no drawbacks to hypnosis if you do not have these disorders.
How can I motivate myself to get in the mood, if I’m not?
Like making any change in your life, you have to stick with the program to see results. Reaching a hypnotic state does not take motivation, it takes an open mind.
What if I believe I’m too old to change is that a stumbling block?
Your subconscious mind does not have an age and this is what hypnosis target. Hypnosis can help you change no matter what your age.
What if I don’t believe in hypnosis? Will it work anyway?
If you are purposefully resisting hypnosis, it won’t work because you are always in control.
If I’m not sure I really want to lose weight (stop smoking, relieve OCD, control alcohol, improve sex drive, etc.), It can still work, but your results will be better if you are on board with the program.
What exactly is hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a state characterized by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. In reality, it is more like daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a good book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought.
What exactly can it do for me?
Research is constantly being conducted to answer this question on a variety of topics. Hypnotherapy can help you make changes in your life. It allows you to focus your attention on a particular goal and you are more likely to follow the suggestions during a hypnotic state. Hypnosis has medical, therapeutic, physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.
What’s the difference between daydreaming and hypnotherapy?
The two states are essentially the same. There are however two differences. One, in hypnotherapy you are being guided into the state as opposed to daydreaming in which you drift there by yourself. Secondly, while in hypnotherapy you are given positive suggestions for change.
Is daydreaming a form of relaxation?
Yes, if you are daydreaming about something positive. Daydreaming allows you to divert focus and you have a tendency to “lose yourself” in the daydream.
What exactly does relaxation mean?
Relaxation is achieved when there is less activity in specific areas of the brain. Your thoughts and emotions are neutral or positive, allowing you to eliminate negative thoughts and emotions. You will feel calm and at ease.
What if I can’t relax, what can I do about it?
If you are finding it difficult to relax during the relaxing part of the hypnosis session, then you may need to change a few things. You may want to lie down and clear your mind for a little while before you start the session. You will want to create a relaxing place where you will not be interrupted. Be aware of any thoughts that are distracting you and turn your attention away from them while practising hypnosis.
What if I fall asleep during the hypnosis session?
It has been discovered by several research groups that the hearing acts like a surveillance camera. Your eyes close, but your 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, part of our brain is always alert. That part is our hearing. It stays alert to protect us and our 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 get into a hypnotic trance and can’t wake up?
This cannot happen. Less than 10% of the population achieves such a deep trance state that they dissociate or “blackout” like they do when they receive an anaesthetic. 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 have free will?
Yes, you will always have free will. You will be less aware of your surroundings because you will be focused on suggestions, but you will be able to exit the hypnotic state at any moment.
How is the mind-body connection connected?
While under hypnosis, your mind and body are connected by the subconscious mind. Various states of consciousness are reached with hypnosis.
Can I engage in other forms of therapy while I’m doing this?
Yes, however, you should focus on only one hypnosis recording topic at a time to see the best results. You can also use other forms of therapy such as relaxation techniques, meditation, acupuncture, cognitive-behavioural therapy, etc.
Will there be any negative after-effects?
You will be in a relaxed state of consciousness under hypnosis. Some people do end up falling asleep and this is okay because your subconscious mind will still hear the suggestions.
If I’m in a state of hypnosis, will I be aware of my surroundings?
It’s not that you won’t be aware of your surroundings, you will experience a heightened state of concentration on suggestions, instead.
What are the signs, once I’m under hypnosis?
Most people experience slower breathing, slower heart rate, sleepiness, and in rare instances, people report a spinning or floating sensation. All of these signs are normal and are considered part of the responses to the hypnotherapy.
Can I reject anything that I feel goes against my beliefs?
No. Beliefs are formed with your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind will take in the suggestions as fact. This is why hypnosis is very beneficial in initiating change.
Will I lose control?
No, you will always be in control.
Will there be any negative after-effects?
Some people report having more vivid dreams.
Are sessions confidential?
All sessions are confidential and only if you provide written consent, do we contact anyone on your behalf.
Can I use this instead of seeing a doctor?
It depends on why you want hypnotherapy. you should always seek the advice of a medical doctor before making a major change in your life, including have a medical condition.
Is there any problem that you can’t handle with hypnotherapy?
Anything that anyone is experiencing which is a psychosomatic nature (ie: the body being affected by the mind) is easily relieved with the use of hypnotherapy. This list is limitless (ie: nervousness, sleeplessness, weight gain, etc) also habits that are controlled by the mind are easily limited (i.e.: nail-biting, smoking). If a client has a medical problem which is purely of an organic nature (ie: a problem resulting from brain damage or any other damage to the body) the use of hypnotherapy can still of value, however, the results can be somewhat mitigated by the presence of the physical damage. In the presence of damage to some part of the body, it is strongly emphasized that you should seek the knowledge of a medical professional in addition to or instead of hypnotherapy.
Are medications needed or used?
Medications are not needed to enter a state of hypnosis. You should always seek the advice of a medical doctor if you wish to stop using medication.
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