What is Hypnosis?
Simply put, Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, much like the awake dream state or the state one obtains through meditation. It is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and is 100% natural and normal. We enter a light state of hypnosis many times throughout our day. Daydreaming occurs in a light state of consciousness. When we drive a car on a highway, we are in control, we have increased ability to concentrate, and we are operating on autopilot without even realizing it.
Our brains have four different brain wave states, easily measured with an electroencephalogram or ECG. Those states are named beta, alpha, theta, and delta. The beta state is the normal wakening state. Alpha is a relaxed state. We are able to access creativity and visualization in this state. Theta is a deeper state of relaxation common in hypnosis and meditation. Theta allows you to access memories. The theta state occurs just as you fall asleep and wake up every day, but does not include the sleeping state itself. Delta is the state that occurs during actual sleep.
In the clinical setting, the trance state (the alpha and/or theta state), is artificially created through the trance induction process performed by the hypnotist. The trance state can also be obtained through self-hypnosis, which can enhance the effects of the hypnotist-induced trance state.
Entering this unique state of consciousness opens the door to countless possibilities for healing, self-exploration and change. When we enter into deep physical and mental relaxation that is induced by hypnosis, the unconscious mind is accessed and opened to suggestion. We can use our thoughts, talents and experiences in ways not usually available to us. With the help of a trained professional hypnotist, it is possible to bring about desired changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. It is not yet clear to researchers how this occurs. The changes that are possible under hypnosis can occur intentionally and “automatically”, whereas they would not ordinarily be consciously made.
What does hypnosis feel like?
The hypnotic state is often equated to the state one achieves during meditation, or while daydreaming. It is a state of deep physical and mental relaxation in which the hypnotized individual is in a heightened state of awareness and focus. She/he is acutely aware of everything that is said and has complete control at all times.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Individuals have varying degrees of ability to relax in general. It is not hard to understand, then, why some people can more easily and quickly go into trance than others. However, most people can go into at least a light trance. Because most issues can be worked with while in a light trance, almost everyone can benefit from hypnotherapy.
Will I be asleep or unconscious?
Hypnosis is NOT sleep. Sleep and hypnosis may seem similar, but in fact, they are very different. The brainwaves of a person in trance (alpha or theta) are very different from those of a sleeping person (delta). During hypnosis, one is in a heightened state of awareness. If a person were to fall asleep during a session, she/he would return to normal consciousness when asked to, or simply awaken after a short nap. She/he would feel refreshed, relaxed and would have no ill effects at all. Some people, after a session of hypnosis, don’t believe that they were hypnotized at all because they “heard everything that was said”. They most likely have misconceptions about what hypnosis really is. While in the trance state, clients often talk with the hypnotist, can answer and ask questions, can clearly hear everything that is said, and are acutely aware. There is no mysterious feeling to being hypnotized and our minds are not taken over nor controlled. This expectation may leave some people disappointed and even denying they had any experience at all; when in fact, they have actually received significant results and unconscious change.
Will I lose control of myself?
No, there is no loss of control. Hypnosis allows clients to be more focused, less distractible and more skillful in using their own constructive mental abilities. They can achieve more of their goals of personal health, well-being, and comfort. The misconception of “control” probably comes from stage hypnosis which involves people who agree and want to do what they do on stage for the purpose of entertainment. No one under hypnosis can be forced to do anything they would be unwilling to do in a normal state.
Can I get stuck or trapped in the hypnotic state?
No. The client can emerge from hypnosis or chose to ignore suggestions at any time. No one stays hypnotized indefinitely. Clients will always emerge from trance within a short time.
Benefits of Hypnosis:
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
Improving Self Confidence and Acceptance
Improving Self Image/Worth Enhancement
Habit and Behavioral Changes such as smoking cessation, weight control, nail biting, stuttering and stammering, motivation for exercise
Fears and Phobias
Belief and Attitude Changes
Enhancing Creativity and Imagination
Positive Thinking and Doing
Concentration and Recall
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