Had a query from a student about hypnosis, so I thought I’d send out an excerpt from my website as a bit of info for anyone curious about hypnosis and how it works, and what it can assist people with…. read on….
What is Hypnosis
In days gone by, it was thought that the power if hypnosis lay in the hands of the hypnotist. Today, this theory is only perpetuated by some stage hypnotists. (and only some, read Martin St James’ book, it’s a cracker!!)
Hypnosis is a natural state, one that you are very familiar with, although you may not call it by that name. Have you ever driven a familar part of road and arrived safely home, and wondered to yourself, ‘Where on earth did the last 7 km’s go?’ Your subconscious mind was ensuring your safety whilst your conscious mind was engrossed ‘elsewhere.’ During the journey, some other things happened, like your brain waves slowed to a slightly altered ‘Alpha’ level where they resonate at a slightly lesser frequency of 8-12Hz a second.
You were ‘day dreaming.’ In the state of hypnosis, your body becomes very relaxed, yet your mind is very focused even more so than when you are in a normal waking state, quite often. While this is happening, your subconscious mind is more open to beneficial ideas or thoughts which it may process, leading the way to positive and lasting change.
For that reason many people when asked if they have been hypnotised respond with, ‘I don’t know.’ They may have been to a hypnotist in the past, but because the state feels so natural to them, they are unsure if they were hypnotised. It’s a familiar feeling!! You’re not asleep, unconscious, unaware, out of control, in fact it’s often just the opposite.
When you come and see a hypnotherapist, you will be aware of what the hypnotist is saying, and should you want to, or need to, you could leave hypnosis at any time. You know that feeling when you’re half awake, half asleep in the morning, and you know you could spring out of bed at any time, you just couldn’t be bothered. Same thing – a very familiar state. but up until now, you were unaware how beneficial that state can be for making changes at a deep level; permanent change, for your benefit.
Some people ask, ‘Can I be hypnotised?’ and that’s a fair and common question. It’s been shown that anyone who wants to be hypnotised, can be!! You will leave a session here with an experience that shows you that you can and are feeling and experiencing hypnosis.
Hypnosis has been known to help people with –
Pain management (see your doctor first as we can’t treat ‘undiagnosed’ pain)
Freedom from the past
Migraine headaches (see your doctor first as we can’t treat ‘undiagnosed’ pain)
Study and exam preparation
and many more.
Frequently asked Hypnosis questions
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes, with very few exceptions. Very young children may have difficulty, and also people with severe brain damage. People may not be hypnotized against their will. Other than that, we find the `trick’ to hypnotising someone is spending time with them to find the best approach to working with them. We won’t do the same thing with everyone.
Isn’t it just a matter of having a good imagination?
The ability to imagine is unrelated to the ability to experience hypnosis. Change resulting from hypnotherapy requires only that your intent and willingness are in place. I am strong-minded, with a formidable will. Can I be hypnotised? Only if you want to be, but not because of your relative “strength” of mind. We understand that there are parts of us that want to change, and parts of us that are happy with the way things are. While we accept that this is often the situation, we assume that if you’ve booked a session, then you want our help. It would be a waste of your time and money if you were to resist that help. We’ll always tell you if we don’t think hypnosis is right for you.
Do people who are hypnotised lose control?
In hypnosis, you’re perfectly capable of saying no or terminating the hypnosis session. Just as you’d refuse to jump off a bridge simply because someone told you to, so too would you reject any suggestion made to you in hypnosis that you did not agree with.
Will I forget what happened in my session?
Occasionally, spontaneous hypnotic amnesia does occur after a session, however this is uncommon, and most people will remember what is said to them during a session.
Will I be made to talk about things that I’d prefer not to?
Absolutely not. A hypnotist cannot make you say or do anything that you don’t want to say or do.
I have trouble relaxing. Does this mean I can’t be hypnotised?
Hypnosis does not require that you are relaxed, although it is more pleasant when you are, and relaxation may be a side-effect. But the hypnotic trance can be achieved when you are standing, running, angry, hurt, sad, in shock….you get the picture.
How do I choose a hypnotherapist?
It is important that you feel comfortable with the therapist that you choose. The person you call should be happy to give you information over the phone before you make an appointment. Ask questions! A good hypnotherapist will encourage their clients to be educated about the process. If you don’t know anyone who has been to see your chosen therapist before, it may be worth asking to have a previous client call you so you can discuss their experience. It’s always advisable to choose a hypnotist who is a member of a recognised Association, as these have Codes of Conduct that must be adhered to, and members will generally have had to demonstrate their ability to practice with skill.
So call for an informal chat and you just may imagine, years from now, looking back on this call..now.. as the most important one you ever made.