All About Hypnosis......... FAQs
What is Hypnosis?
The hypnotic or "trance" state is a completely natural state of deep relaxation and heightened concentration. In fact, we spontaneously go in and out of this state many times per day. Hypnosis is utilizing this natural resource, through guided suggestions, to bring about desired positive outcomes.
Is Hypnosis a form of mind control? Can I be hypnotized against my will?
The answer to both questions is an emphatic "no." All hypnosis is really "self-hypnosis." You are in full control and only go as deep as you choose to go. The hypnotherapist's role is as a therapist and guide. It is important to know that hypnosis works in partnership with your desire and free will and can never work against it. You can bring yourself out of hypnosis at any point simply by telling yourself to do so. Further, people under hypnosis never do anything against their personal morals or values.
Is Hypnosis the same as sleeping, daydreaming or meditating?
While all four can be considered "altered states," the differences primarily lie in intent and purpose. The purpose of sleeping is to fully rest the body. The purpose of daydreaming is to allow the mind to fantasize and take a mini-break. The purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind and relax the body. The purpose of hypnosis is to assist in healing and reaching peak performance in your life...and it is specifically goal-related.
What will I feel?
People who experience hypnosis for the first time are frequently disappointed to find that they experience nothing overwhelming or intense. During hypnosis you will likely feel mildly relaxed but you remain in touch with reality and in control. You know that you can resist the suggestions yet you are in a state where you welcome positive ideas, notions and images.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is when a professional hypnotherapist utilizes hypnosis as a tool when emotional, mental, attitudinal, behavioral, physical and/or spiritual change is desired by a client. Often this is accompanied by therapeutic dialogue, homework and lifestyle change recommendations.
Is Hypnosis medically/clinically backed and proven?
Hypnotherapy is recognized as a valid therapeutic modality by the American Medical Association, American Dental Association and American Psychological Association.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
Under safe and appropriate conditions most people are hypnotizable. The key factors are strong positive desire and motivation. Remember that hypnosis cannot work against free will - so if hypnosis is not proving to be effective, it may be time to re-examine true desire and motivation. Other blocks include trying to analyze or control the session. These blocks can be discussed with the hypnotherapist and overcome.
How does Hypnosis really work?
The "induction" portion of the hypnosis session guides the "conscious" mind to recede or let go of its constant hold. This allows the "Subconscious" mind to directly receive the specifically designed and desired suggestions.
What are the Conscious and Subconscious Minds?
The conscious mind is our present or current awareness. It is our immediate focus of attention on what is most important at any given moment. It is also the awareness through which we analyze, intellectualize, judge and even distort information. The Subconscious mind functions as a storehouse for all memories, beliefs, values, habits and autonomic functioning. The conscious mind is limited, while the Subconscious mind is unlimited.
What issues can be addressed with hypnosis?
The uses for hypnosis are virtually limitless. In general, hypnosis helps break old habits, learn new habits, develop creativity, speed up healing, strengthen immune system, enhance performance, achieve goals, release fears/phobias, and promote personal growth in any area. Specifically, it is used to improve self-esteem, stop smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, release traumas, enhance memory, improve study skills, grow spiritually and more.
Michele's Integrated Approach to Hypnosis
"Hypnosis is powerful because it works outside of conscious awareness and without interference from the Ego and the Intellect. So profound change can occur without a client even realizing it....until they do." ...Michele Granberg, MA, CHT