Hypnosis - coming from the Greek word 'Hypnos' (meaning sleep) was so-called because while in the state of Hypnosis, a person is very, very relaxed. While a person is in this more relaxed state, they find it easier to accept beneficial suggestions (e.g. "you are now a nonsmoker") and their memory is enhanced. There is absolutely no question of being controlled or manipulated, or even induced into a deep trance state.
A person in hypnosis (often referred to as conscious hypnosis) is not 'asleep'; they are often more aware of what is taking place than usual and their senses function more efficiently than normal.It is unfortunate that most people's perception of Hypnosis is tainted by their reaction to watching television and stage hypnotists at work. The 'showmanship' and the dramatic reactions from the 'volunteers' often leaves a lasting impression in the back of the mind that Hypnosis is somehow 'magical' or involves 'mind control' - however, this understanding of Hypnosis couldn't be further from the truth....The state of hypnosis, a totally natural phenomenon, is most pleasant and particularly relaxing, and a person can converse quite easily whilst within the state.
It is inconceivable that any harm could befall them. Indeed, the centuries-old technique of hypnosis is being used increasingly as an adjunct to orthodox medicine, where it is proving a valuable alternative to drugs for anesthesia, accelerating healing, relieving stress and controlling pain.
During hypnosis, you will probably experience a feeling of mental and physical relaxation and your memory may be enhanced. You will find that I am a caring professional person, with a reassuring manner to put you at ease and the expertise to help you with your problem.
What is Hypnosis?
Unlike the television or Hollywood version, hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation. In this state the critical factor is set aside and the desired change is instantaneous.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Yes. In fact, most people experience hypnosis several times a day. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. Also, the state experienced directly on entering and leaving steep is hypnosis.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Because hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, or awareness, at no time will you be asleep or unaware of what is going on. You will, however, be likely to feel more relaxed than ever before. A feeling of peace, serenity and wellbeing generally accompany this relaxation.
Can I be made to do something against my will?
Absolutely not! There is a safeguard in hypnosis. Anything suggested to you in hypnosis that is against your morals, beliefs, religion, ethics, wants or desires will simply be rejected by you. It is impossible for you to be made to to do anything against your will.
What about those stage shows then?
Successful stage hypnosis relies on willing volunteers. Those people have a desire to join in the show and perform. Hypnosis merely helps them to lift inhibitions that they may, ordinarily, have against performing in public.
Will I remember what is said or done, after I come out of hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not an unconscious state, so you will remember what is being said and done. If you have no apparent memory of what is said or done, this is likely to be because you were drifting and daydreaming in your own pleasant thoughts during that part. Generally, with gentle prodding, you will fully remember everything.
Am I giving up control during Hypnosis?
No! You will be in such complete control during the entire session that if anything is said or done that you disagree with, or that you feel is in bad taste, you can simply open your eyes and leave the room. No one can control your mind, except you.
Can only 'weak-minded' people be hypnotised?
On the contrary, while everybody can be hypnotised, those that respond better are people with strong and active minds capable of imagination and mental dexterity. Those that refuse to be hypnotised, generally are exhibiting either a lack of understanding of the subject entirely, or 'weakness' in the form of inflexibility.
Does Hypnosis wear off? Yes & No. The state of hypnosis being a relaxed 'Day Dream' state leaves you when either you or the therapist ends the session, but the results of your hypnotic session (because changes brought about under hypnosis, i.e. stopping smoking, weight loss, etc., are self-rewarding) will become stronger, especially if reinforcement C.D.'s are used.
Are there harmful after effects?
Again, no. There is not one case on record of anyone being harmed because of, or through, hypnosis. After the session, most people feel relaxed and mellow but in complete control of all of their faculties and able to perform any task or duty such as driving or working. Most people experience a very pleasant energy increase after the session.
Why is Hypnosis sometimes linked to witchcraft and fortune telling?
Television and Hollywood are mostly responsible for this. There is nothing magical, mystical or mysterious about hypnosis, and we actively disassociate ourselves from those that would have you believe otherwise.