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Hypnosis FAQs Questions and Answers
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at leasttwice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an-hour long dream, that’s a trance state.
There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “zone.” These are all various levels of trance. Trance is normal, natural and common.
Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I wasn’t hypnotized – I knew what was going on the whole time!” This is very normal because hypnosis is not a state of amnesia or unconsciousness. Just the opposite true; hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the process of using hypnosis to interact with the subconscious mind to create positive changes in your life. There are many techniques and many styles and many applications of hypnotherapy. They all have several things in common: (1) a strong desire to change, (2) a state of deeply relaxed focus, and (3) language and visualization in relationship to emotions.
Who can be Hypnotized?
Anyone with an open mind, reasonable intelligence, the ability to concentrate, and the willingness to go into hypnosis.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Remember, hypnosis is a natural state of mind that almost everyone is in at least a dozen times each day. Natural states of mind, by definition cannot be dangerous. The real harm is that hypnosis is not used enough by people to bring about their own self-improvement.
What does it feel like to be Hypnotized?
You will feel wonderful! Hypnosis is like being in a pleasant daydreaming state similar to the deep relaxation you feel right before dropping off to sleep. Also since the conscious mind is in the background resting while you’re in hypnosis, you will feel very refreshed and revitalized after a session.
Can a person be Hypnotized against their Will or made to do anything against their Will?
No one is able to be hypnotized against their will. If people were, hypnosis would be the most closely guarded secret on the planet. Entering hypnosis is a consent state. The hypnotist assists the subject, who then hypnotizes him/herself.
Do People have Trouble coming out of Hypnosis?
A person may choose to stay in hypnosis after being asked to come out of it. The reason being, it is such a relaxed and pleasant feeling, they simply choose to stay hypnotized a while longer. If the hypnotherapist were to leave, the person would merely drift into a natural sleep to awaken at a more personally convenient time.
What Exactly is the Sub-Conscious Mind?
The conscious mind, the mind that you are conscious of, is your “me.” It is the critical part of your mind. The sub-conscious mind is the one that directs your conduct through the habits and emotional desires acquired from the influences of your environment, before you were old enough to reject harmful ideas and concepts.
Why do some People have Doubts about Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is such a misunderstood phenomenon. For centuries, it has been affiliated with spiritualism, witchcraft, and various other “unexplainable” events. Based on “B” movies, cheap novels and exaggerated claims made by undisciplined persons.
Does Hypnosis weaken the Will? Are only Weak Minded People able to go into Hypnotic States?
Hypnosis works with the will, not against it. In fact, the more intelligent and strong-willed you are, the more effective hypnosis will be for you.
Can I do Hypnosis with a Friend?
Absolutely! When making changes, having peer support can be very valuable. Couples or friends trying to accomplish the same goals can save money by attending hypnosis sessions together.
We also offer group discounts to companies, schools or community organizations seeking group smoking cessation, test preparation, motivation, stress relief or other hypnosis services. Contact us for more information.
Do you accept Insurance?
We do not file insurance claims on behalf of our clients, however we will give you a receipt for the services we provide, and some insurance companies may reimburse you for the cost of our services. Some employers may pay for certain programs, up front or through reimbursement, however, that is something you must work out with your employer.
All services provided must be paid in full, in advance, unless prior arrangements have been made.
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