If you are new to the idea of hypnotherapy, or have a few questions as to how it works and what to expect, here are some common questions and their answers.
What is hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is a very relaxed state somewhere between asleep and awake, where the conscious mind and physical body relax and the subconscious mind is free to deliver and receive information. Hypnotherapy typically uses background noise and guided visuals to create a relaxing environment during which the hypnotherapist uses pre-planned suggestions to achieve a certain goal. During the state of hypnosis, we are able to tap into the subconscious mind to gain information about ourselves and communicate with our inner workings to change our underlying thought processes. Although you may not know it yet, hypnosis is a common daily activity and is achieved regularly through concentrated activities such as reading, watching t.v., and meditation. It is also likened to "being in the zone" when you are involved in a task that that you perform automatically and without thinking about it.
What is the subconscious mind?
What you are aware of is called the conscious mind. This is the part of us that does critical thinking, and only constitutes 15-20% of who you are. The other 80-85% lies hidden in subconscious mind. Everything that you have ever experienced has been stored here. Many of our habits and emotional desires come from the influences of our environment before we are old enough to reject harmful ideas and concepts. Through proper use of what is called “autosuggestion” during the hypnotic state, we have the ability to "reprogram" the subconscious mind. This gives us the ability to release emotional and mental habits in order to make decisions that are more favorable to our welfare.
What about self-hypnosis?
Essentially all forms of hypnosis are self-hypnosis. This is because the choice to participate in a relaxed state is your own - no one can force you to relax! Hypnosis is when we allow the conscious mind to take a back seat, and self-hypnosis as a method of therapy can be continued at home using guided imagery, meditation, and listening to music.
What is hypnosis used for?
Hypnosis is useful for a wide variety of things: fears, phobias, health issues, pain management, addictions, habits, compulsive behaviors(nail biting, ect.), stress, attitude, confidence, performance, emotional blockages, and much, much more. Hypnotherapists use certain techniques to guide their client to achieve an inner environment (and as a result, an outer environment) that is more conducive to their own specific goal.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is pleasant and overall very relaxing. It may feel very similar to the state right before you fall asleep.
Does hypnosis weaken the will - will I do anything I don’t want to?
The simple answer is no...nothing said to you in this state can produce anything that you yourself would not want you to do. It cannot change values, morals, or create any permanent changes that you do not desire. In fact, the only way for hypnotherapy to work is with the will of the person being hypnotized.
Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone with an open mind and the ability to concentrate can be hypnotized. With a belief in and the desire for a certain goal at the onset of hypnotherapy, results are achievable.
Will I remember my experience?
This depends on how deep into hypnosis you go. Because it is very close to a sleep state, you may remember bits and pieces as you would of a dream. It may also feel like no time has passed. Underneath the experience, your subconscious mind has absorbed all of the information during this time and instantly begins to work on integrating this information.
There you have it! Some of the most common questions for those seeking hypnotherapy. Have some more? Send us a message or leave us a comment below!