Why is understanding hypnosis beneficial?
You might’ve seen videos of hypnotists on stage making people pretend to be rock stars or quacking like a duck.
You might’ve read about people who made out that they went to see a hypnotist and, through the magic of hypnotism, ‘put them under’ and then seemingly removed the issue so that, when they ‘awoke’, the problem no longer existed.
These are all fairly unrealistic ideals about what hypnosis actually is and could go towards creating some misconception about hypnosis actually ‘works’.
If you’re planning to go and see a hypnotherapist to work on an issue, an understanding of what hypnosis is will allow you to relax, enjoy the experience and assist you in obtaining a potentially even better result.
What is hypnosis?
Have you ever been on a train and noticed how people seemed to be staring off into space. You can tell that they’re deeply transfixed on a thought that is bringing their focus inwards and absorbing their attention.
Sometimes that absorption may be so deep that they could have someone they know walk up to them and have to wave their hand in front of their face to raise their attention and to bring their presence to their awareness.
Those people were experiencing what we could call the ‘everyday trance’.
Hypnosis is a natural state that we will often go into through out the day.
If you’ve found yourself daydreaming, going inwards to contemplate, then you know what that experience is like.
Our brain actually operates on brainwave frequencies. When we’re awake and alert, we’re usually in Beta. Hypnosis allows us to take our brainwaves down into Alpha, Theta, and even Gamma to a level that allows the mind to be more open to learning, insight and taking in suggestions that are beneficial for you.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Every one is different and everyone can have their own unique experience.
For most, it is incredibly relaxing. Some people may experience feelings of ‘drifting off’ and not always paying attention. Others may say that they will remember everything that is being said to them.
It is important to realise that hypnosis is not “sleep”. It’s not being ‘zonked out’ nor is it a state where you can be made to do things against your will.
During hypnosis, you will have complete control – in fact, you will have greater control because you’re using your brain to focus and to make changes.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Research has found that the best hypnotic candidates are intelligent individuals who can use their mind to focus and to imagine.
It isn’t brainwashing nor does having the ability to go into hypnosis easily make you ‘weakminded’.
Hypnosis is an everyday natural state – everyone can go into hypnosis if they’re willing and wanting to do it.
In the same way, when you see a hypnotherapist, they’re not making you go into hypnosis. There is an old saying in the hypnotherapy world which is ‘all hypnosis is self-hypnosis’. The hypnotist is not ‘making you’ go into hypnosis as YOU do the hypnosis; the hypnotist is simply guiding you into the experience.
Your success with hypnosis is 100% up to you.
To improve your success, you simply just need to relax, follow the instructions and use your imagination to become focused and absorbed in what your hypnotist is saying to you.
You can allow your conscious critical mind to wander – that’s ok.
Research has also shown that the more people practice going into hypnosis, the easier it becomes. You can get one of my free MP3 downloads to assist with that.
How many sessions will I need?
This is a good question and the reality is that it depends on the presenting issue and how much work needs to be done.
It’s like going to the physiotherapist; sometimes it will be quick and other times it will take a little longer however you should begin to feel some changes after your first session.
If you’re expecting a ‘magic bullet’ though, or for someone to ‘zonk you out’ and ‘take away that problem’ without you doing any of the work, then you are misunderstanding how hypnosis works.
Hypnosis in itself doesn’t do anything. It is the therapeutic approach done under hypnosis that actually makes all the difference.
Hypnosis has had a bit of research to show how it can help people to make lasting changes. Often when combined with other therapeutic modalities, hypnosis has helped people to achieve even better results.
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