You may have some questions about hypnosis.
As you are reading this think of an example of something you want to change in your life…
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of focused awareness we call the trance state. It is a physiological state involving bodymind states.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind. You experience lighter states of hypnosis when you daydream, watch a movie, or forget where you are while driving your car.
Deep hypnosis happens every night as you fall asleep ( the hypnogogic state) and as you slowly awaken in the morning.
What happens during a hypnosis session?
We begin the hypnosis session with an induction, during which the hypnotist guides the client into a state of deep relaxation. We may use focused attention, eye fatigue and deep breathing. Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve which opens the relaxation response and the parasympathetic nervous system which is where deep healing happens in the body. As your breathing and heart rate slow down the body relaxes.. As the body relaxes more and more deeply, the brainwaves slow down as well. During our normal waking state we are experiencing Beta to light Alpha brain waves. As we relax deeper, the brain waves slow down even more to deep Alpha and Theta. Then something magical happens:
The right and left brain hemispheres are connected by a mass of nerve fibers called the Corpus Collosum, which has a chemical lock that keeps most of the vast information of the right brain out of our awareness (thus unconscious). During the process of hypnosis, this chemical lock opens, allowing a freer accesses to the store house of information in the right hemisphere. So, why does this matter?
For therapeutic purposes, we can use this open state in two ways: we can make suggestions to the subconscious mind, and we can ask for specific information.
How will I feel?
Some people experience warmth and maybe some heaviness of the legs and arms; and a reluctance to move or speak.
Very often people think they have not been hypnotized because they really didn’t feel that different: they could still hear everything said to them, were aware of the room etc.
Will I lose consciousness?
In a normal session, you will remain aware of everything around you, hear my voice and be aware of internal experiences: you may see images, experience memories and insights that may be helpful to solve your immediate problem.
Will I fall asleep?
When you are in a hypnotic trance, you are not actually asleep: you will hear everything said during a session, even if you drift off or experience daydreams.
Should an external emergency arise, your subconscious mind will always bring you back to full waking awareness: the main job of your unconscious mind is to keep you safe!
Can the hypnotist make me do things I don’t want to do?
No! That’s a myth. No one can make you do or say anything you don’t want to do in or out of hypnosis. The old model of hypnosis from scary movies and novels says that the hypnotist does something to you: puts you under and makes suggestions to you that you then have to carry out.
Actually, the process of therapeutic hypnosis is a co-operative adventure designed to help you accomplish what YOU want in ways agreed on before the session starts.
What about stage hypnosis? Just as with therapeutic hypnosis, the hypnotist cannot make you say or do anything that you are not willing to do. People who participate in stage hypnosis are willing to do whatever they are asked: they are willing to play the game.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
NO. Because the hypnotic trance is so relaxing, people often wish that they could stay there. Even if you fell asleep during a session, you would naturally wake up when you are ready. Even when you drift off into daydreams, you will easily come back when the hypnotist begins instructions for returning to normal waking awareness.
What can hypnosis do for me?
Hypnosis all by itself is not a quick fix for any problem. It isn’t a matter of taking something out or putting something in.
However, as a tool for problem solving to experience permanent and positive change can it help you:
Relieve and reduce stress
Tap into inner resources you didn’t know you had
Make changes in your life easily and effortlessly
Lock in self-chosen intentions for changing behavior
What can happen in a hypnotic trance state?
You accept only the suggestions that are right for you agreed upon beforehand.
You receive powerfully positive thoughts from your deeper mind
You tap into unconscious resources and insights you didn’t know you had.
Hypnosis connects you with that deep inner power.
At the end of every session your mind is calm and clear and your body is refreshed, and relaxed
What is self-hypnosis and how does it work?
Self-hypnosis is as simple as closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths and going inside to ask a question; rest deeply; or focus on your goal (intention).
Did you know that by simply breathing deeply 3 to 5 times you can change your respiration and heart rate and slow down your brain waves into an alpha state of physical and mental relaxation?
When you do, you open up a door into an inner space where Magic can happen, where a deeper wiser part of yourself can offer you:
Advice, inspiration, and information
Help you heal old wounds
Resolve long-standing issues and conflicts
Change old bad habits and replace them with new healthy habits.
By focusing your mind on what you do want EVERY DAY, you can make the changes you want.
So, how CAN hypnosis help you solve your problems?
Hypnosis can help you do what you WANT to do:
Through the power of repetition, using practice tapes and self-hypnosis daily between sessions…
Focusing your intention for change through the Power of Thought: what you focus on is what you eventually get: no exceptions!
By increasing your willingness to accept all the suggestions for making changes you agree to beforehand.
How can Hypnosis help me if I am sick or have chronic health problems?
Hypnosis is increasingly being recognized as a powerful healing therapy when used in conjunction with medical interventions.
Hypnosis has the power to transform many illnesses, accessing the power of the mind through deep relaxation (to open the parasympathetic nervous system and access inner healing powers), plus the power of suggestion, self-hypnosis and other hypnotic techniques and tools.
Hypnosis utilizes the mind/body connection to transform the challenges of the body. It can:
Help you relieve pain, fatigue and other symptoms (such as nausea and loss of appetite).
Help with surgery, reducing blood loss, lessening pain and speeding recovery time.
Help you resolve both current and past issues that may be at the core of any illness, using emotional healing techniques.
Alleviate the physical symptoms completely, through the power of healing imagination.
Help you get in touch with a transcendent healing power, elevating your faith, opening up new possibilities and accessing the healing powers of love and wisdom.