Hypnosis is a natural state in which the body experiences deep physical relaxation while the mind remains clear, alert and focused. In this state of awareness, the subconscious mind becomes open and suggestible, allowing for new information to be introduced. Most people naturally enter this state of trance many times during a normal day. For instance, have you ever driven home form the grocery store to find yourself at home but can’t recall the actual trip? Have you been so involved in reading a book that hours will pass by, seeming like minutes? Daydreaming and “spacing out” are both natural trance states as well. All of these are examples of a natural trance state called “environmental hypnosis.” Does hypnosis really work?
Yes. The power of hypnosis is documented by doctors, dentists and many other leading health professionals. It was approved as a legitimate medical and dental treatment method by the American Medical Association in 1958. How effective is it?
As with any other form of therapy, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy depends on many factors. The two main factors are: the skilled therapist who has a deep understanding of your goal, and the willingness of the client to participate. Hypnosis is not a magic wand, but it will empower you with the tools you are seeking to reach your goal.
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Yes. Many doctors and psychologists agree that hypnosis is a powerful tool and a safe form of therapy when practiced by a skilled hypnotherapist. Hypnosis uses the power of your own mind, while the hypnotherapist merely acts as your guide. You are always in control and always fully aware of what is going on around you. Since you are ALWAYS in control, you cannot be hypnotized against your will, nor can you be made to do things against your will. Although you are in a trance like state, with your conscious mind relaxed, it is still there acting as a filter for you to decipher right from wrong.
Hypnosis is not safe to practice while driving a car or operating heavy machinery, as you will be in a very relaxed state.
What does hypnosis feel like?
According to Greek mythology, Hypnos is the god of sleep. Although you will be very relaxed during hypnosis, it is not exactly sleep. If you have ever had a massage or acupuncture you may be familiar with the feeling of deep relaxation that is similar to that experienced during hypnosis. Personally, I think it feels like story time when I was in kindergarten. You will be sitting or laying in a comfortable position and relaxing while listening to a story. You will become more and more relaxed while I talk and you may even drift off for a while with your own thoughts, until you suddenly remember I’m talking. You’ll come back to my story for a while and we’ll continue on our journey until the session ends. Most of the time a 45 minute session will seem like merely 5-15 minutes. My clients always awaken feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Ellen using hypnosis to quit smoking:
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