What is Hypnosis?
There is no definitive definition of hypnosis. However, Hypnosis can be described as: a state of narrowed focused attention in which suggestibility is greatly heightened, a state of focused attention directed by the hypnotist, controlled by the client who can initiate or terminate the experience at any time.
How does Hypnosis work?
Generally the conscious mind is very critical (that little voice that says you're not good at this or that-whatever) often preventing you from experiencing your desired state.
When in a hypnotic trance your subconscious mind is able to be reached and there positive safe suggestions are able to be made for positive changes to be achieved, so there is congruency between your desires and their outcomes.
How safe is hypnosis, is it dangerous?
Standard hypnotic procedures are no more dangerous than listening to a boring lecture. Hypnosis is widely regarded as a very safe method of assisting the client to make those desired changes.
However, there are certain conditions such as epilepsy, schizophrenia, paranoia or a multiple personality disorder where the client would be referred to a medical practitioner for hypnosis, those who are knowledgeable in these conditions.
How do I know that I can be hypnotized, or can only certain people be hypnotised?
Most everyone can be hypnotised, although there are some who are more resistant but with cooperation and willingness successful hypnosis can be achieved. Your experience will be unique to you and may be different each time you have a hypnosis session.
You cannot be hypnotized if you don't want to be, it won't happen regardless of whether you believe you have a high/low intelligence level or are 'strong-minded'. As you are always in control, hypnosis will only take place when there is a mutual desire and co-operation between yourself and the hypnotist conducting the session. The hypnotist usually provides you with guidance in order to maximize the benefits you re seeking from your session.
What can I expect to feel while under hypnosis?
When experiencing hypnosis you may expect to feel calm, pleasantly relaxed and "dreamy”. It’s a feeling similar to what you experience just before you fall asleep or before you wake in the morning. It’s very likely that you will consciously hear and remember what the hypnotist says, although not ‘awake’ consciously.
We experience a natural hypnotic state many times during the course of the day hen we are ding anything automatically, such as when driving a car, watching TV, listening to music. Have you ever been so totally engrossed in a story/movie that you felt part of it, or arrived at a destination but don’t remember how you got there, if so then you have indeed experienced a hypnotic state.
Will I say anything I don’t want the hypnotist to know, or be led to do things that are in conflict with my morals and standards?
No, this is not so, no one can be made to do anything contrary to their own beliefs and moral standards. At the commencement of a consultation you would have discussed and provided details to the hypnotist the reason for your session, what you wanted assistance with and the desired outcome etc. Once you are in trance there is little need for verbal communication, the hypnotist does all the talking assisting you to enter a trance state, addressing your issue and, therefore, you are not likely to intentionally say anything you do not want known.
How many sessions will I need to have?
Generally, you should gain a satisfactory result within three to five sessions. However you may wish to book ‘follow-up’ sessions as ‘top ups’, or you may wish to address other issues that you may want to improve.
Do I need to have a doctor’s referral?
For any medical symptom a doctor’s referral is preferred. As professional courtesy your medical practitioner will be informed of your appointment.