frequently asked questions
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
There has been a lot of research into hypnosis, what it is & how it works. The evidence points more at what it isn't than what it is. Hypnosis dates back to ancient Egypt, -check out the 'History of Hypnosis' section for further information.- with the advances we have now in technology it will not be long before we can get a definitive answer. We know it is not mind control, The therapist can guide your imagination, but it is your imagination, you have the choice of what you think about. In hypnosis the therapist will guide you into a focused state of concentration. -which is a heightened state of suggestibility.- You will hear sounds possibly both in & out of the room, you will hear the therapists voice, you will be able to move to make yourself comfortable, cough, sneeze, laugh. Although it is a subjective experience, some people describe it as, you can feel as though your sitting so relaxed that your stuck sinking into the chair, as you read these words you might begin to notice a particular sensation of relaxation beginning to seep into your muscles. some other people say it is one of the most relaxing things you can experience.
Now, If you are expecting to have something 'Done' to you, you may be in for a long wait. Hypnosis is a collaboration between the client & the therapist. Similar to a cars satellite navigation system. You are driving the car, you are in control, the therapist is the GPS, if you follow the directions you are given, you will arrive at your destination/goal easily & comfortably, yet as the driver, you have the choice to follow the directions, or you can stop the car. While almost anyone can be put into a hypnotic trance, hypnosis will generally be more effective if the individual feels both at ease with, and trusting of the hypnotherapist. Some people will experience positive effects from hypnosis sooner than others. Many factors will determine how quickly you can experience the change to begin happening. Your participation into the experience is paramount to the therapy. You need to give 100% for the best results. Children respond more readily to hypnosis than adults, and will often experience significant improvement after just one or two sessions. Adults can vary greatly, depending on how long they have been doing their issue, their personality makeup, their motivation for change and their open-ness to the hypnosis process amongst other things.
Hypnosis works by distracting the conscious mind, -your thinking/critical mind. enabling suggestions to be given to the unconscious mind, as your unconscious mind has no concept of reality so it is easier to change beliefs.
DO I GIVE UP CONTROL?
Do we give up control of our mind to someone else when we are reading a book or watching a film? In situations like this, you are in a hypnotic trance, although you still have the power to emerge from that state if wished. Whatever or whoever hypnotizes you, you always have the power to resist.
When you realize that you are the one in control, when you decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, then you become aware of what hypnosis is. A hypnotherapist is a guide and helps you on a journey, but the change can only be made by you.
Often the realization that you are in control, and that you can make change yourself is very empowering. You’ll find that the more often you are going into hypnosis, the more you realize how easy it is to let go, secure in the knowledge that you can always stop a session.
Some hypnotherapists use the knowledge that we are always in hypnosis and will have an open discussion with you, just altering their language patterns, using suggestions relating to your goal and the changes you wish to make, without taking you into a ‘trance state’ at all.
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind; people are often surprised that they hear every word and could get up and walk out of the room at any moment. Even in a deeper state, you can open your eyes & end the session, the problem being you are so relaxed you won't want to move, you may not seem any different, just super relaxed.
It’s like drifting off to sleep at night, that stage when you are not quite awake and not quite asleep, you may feel a sense of weightlessness or you may feel heaviness as all your muscles relax. Everyone experiences it differently, and your therapist will be able to reassure you and help you relax and enjoy the experience. Most people are surprised at just how relaxing it is.
WHAT CAN IT TREAT?
See the 'we help with...' section.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN A SESSION?
Your hypnotherapist will take a detailed history and with some conditions may request permission from you to write to your doctor to let them know you are having hypnotherapy. They will then discuss your goal and how you would like to feel at the end of your sessions.
Using a range of different techniques your hypnotherapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal.
After a session, you may feel uplifted, lighter and very relaxed. Often change is very subtle, as your hypnotherapist will be working with your subconscious mind, and you may just notice a very positive shift in how you are feel.
HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY?
Call, email or text for your free consultation. Payment can be BACS transfer, Paypal, credit card or cash advance payment. This is to be paid in full in advance of the session. Cancellation within 48 hours will entitle you to re-book at an alternative date, applicable on 2 occasions, within 24 hours full payment will be withheld.
IS IT MIND CONTROL?
Not at all. No one under hypnosis can be induced to do anything against his or her will. Whatever moral and ethical codes you hold in a normal waking state will still be in place under hypnosis. Your unconscious mind's job is to protect and help you. Just like you cannot be made to do anything against your moral code, you will not say anything that is embarrassing and will not reveal more than you are comfortable saying. Usually, if the hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client’s value system, the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just “wake up.” You are always in complete control.
Hypnotherapy is a gentle process and hypnotherapists do not stand in judgement. You will heal and change in your own time.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE SILLY THINGS I SEE STAGE HYPNOTISTS MAKE PEOPLE DO?
A Stage hypnotist will carefully select people from the audience to find the ones who best respond to Hypnosis. The “control factor” is still zero, the person on the stage allows the experience to be their focus and find they are easily able to go along with the suggestions.
They stay with it and follow the hypnotist’s instructions, even when they’re not sure if it’s working. You cannot simultaneously BE the show and SEE the show! You must pick one and stick with it! Does anyone really think that if they volunteer to go on stage that the hypnotist will suggest they do something BRILLIANT? Anyone who volunteers is agreeing to play the part, whether they consciously admit it or not. For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient “excuse” to act out and not take responsibility for their behaviour.
HOW MUCH WILL I REMEMBER?
It totally depends, if you want to, you will remember everything that is said, however, if you are used to the experience or find yourself drifting off into other thoughts you can allow your focus and attention to wander off and remember very little. Remembering the experience is entirely an individual thing, but the bottom line is if you stay focused and want to remember you will.
HOW DEEP WILL I GO?
Depth of the hypnotic state is an idea that used to be a focal point, but lately, the hypnosis community and hypnosis professionals have realized that depth (or not) has little bearing.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN BE HYPNOTIZED?
Everyone can be hypnotized but one must be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will. The very small minority of people who have difficulty in a session are usually those who
a) don’t really want to be hypnotized (perhaps to debunk the idea); or
b) can’t relax and let go enough (perhaps fearing loss of control, which we know is a myth, or fearing the unknown) to go with the experience. It is a skill and like all skills – improves with practice.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? HOW CAN I TELL I AM HYPNOTIZED?
Many of us experience a “trance-like” state while listening to some good music on the radio, reading a gripping novel, or even while watching TV! Here are some personal feelings one may experience when in a hypnotic state:
1. Physical relaxation (Body muscles feel relaxed).
2. Fluttering of eyelids when entering and coming out of hypnosis.
3. Mental relaxation.
4. General feeling of drowsiness as if ready to doze.
5. Eyelids heavy (extreme effort to raise them).
6. Eyes smarting and/or tearing. Remove contacts; they create dryness.
7. Eyelids locked together, unable to open.
8. Jaw muscles relaxed.
9. Teeth unclenched.
10. Tongue loose and natural. When tense, the tongue goes higher.
11. Dryness in mouth.
12. Desire to swallow.
13. Moisture at corners of mouth.
14. Desire to scratch an itch, but not sure of doing it.
15. Twitching or jerking in any part of the body.
16. Euphoria (state of well-being).
17. Tingling or numbness in any portion of body.
18. Heavy feeling in any portion or entire body.
19. Desire to laugh, smile, giggle, or cry.
20. Lack of desire to open eyes (relaxation feels too good).
21. Body warmth or chill.
22. Feel personal freedom, carefree or uninhibited.
23. Sexual/sensual stimulation or awareness.
24. Time distortion (minutes seems like hours and vice versa).
25. Voice sounds fading in and out.
26. Letting go as if falling asleep.
27. Occasional involuntary sigh.
28. Feeling of lightness.
29. Feeling of floating.
30. Partial body detachment as if part of the body is not there?
CAN HYPNOSIS HURT ME?
NO, however, always check the credentials of the person you decide to work with, hypnosis is not dangerous but used inappropriately can cause severe distress. If anyone tries to give you suggestions against your morals, religious beliefs or anything you feel strongly about, you could instantly emerge from the state of relaxation on your own.
IS HYPNOSIS A 100% CONSENT STATE?
If at any time you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, for any reason, you will instantly, naturally open your eyes and become fully alert. No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will.
WHAT IF I AM UNDER A DOCTORS CARE OR TAKING MEDICATION?
If you have any questions about whether hypnosis will help or conflict with a present medical condition, ask your GP.
The interesting reaction of hypnosis on medication is that, over long periods of time, it tends to diminish medication, which means if you’re currently taking medication, after a series of hypnosis sessions you may find that you need fewer amounts of it or a lesser strength of the drug. Hypnosis can often complement traditional medical care and better or more informed doctors favour it. It can act as an adjunct to medical treatment.
CAN HYPNOSIS HELP ME?
“Helping me get past my fear of public speaking?” “Improving my golf game?” “Helping me relax during exams?”
“Alleviating my insomnia?” Etc. Let’s put it this way: think for a moment about any issue in your life that you’d like to improve and ask yourself, “Does my mind interact with this issue/activity in any way? Do my thoughts/beliefs affect my performance?
Do my feelings contribute to my experiences in this area? Have I had past experiences that are reinforcing my beliefs/thoughts/emotions in a negative way? Is it my expectations that I will NOT get the results I desire?”
Are you getting the picture? The mind, body and emotions are all connected. Therefore, I’m not aware of ANY issue that cannot be at least significantly improved/relieved through the regular use of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is used to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. It will not make you grow taller or change the colour of your eyes or cure cancer. But it will help with emotional states of mind that contribute towards the healing of conditions and works with ‘Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviours.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I EXPERIENCE RESULTS FROM HYPNOSIS?
There’s a lot of factors at work here. First, and foremost, there’s your motivation level and commitment. If you’re “trying” to quit smoking because your partner has put you up to it, you’re not really all that motivated, are you?
My advice there: just quit wasting your time and money and be honest. There’s no such thing as “trying to quit.” You’re either ready to be a non-smoker or you’re not. Same is true with just about anything. If your motivation and commitment level is HIGH, you’ll likely experience results straight away or very quickly. If it’s low, you may stop going to the hypnotherapist or stop doing your homework long before you see any results. Other factors that determine your success can include your comfort-level and respect for the hypnotherapist you’re working with, as well as the regularity of your hypnosis sessions. Hypnosis is NOT a magic pill. Sorry!
You will have to do some WORK along the way, such as attending your hypnotherapy sessions or doing your homework. If you are expecting to be “put to sleep” and awaken “never wanting to eat chocolate again,” you’re probably destined for disappointment. It just doesn’t happen that way. On the other hand, There are many clients who quit smoking after `one smoking session`, they were what I’d call HIGHLY MOTIVATED and have COMMITMENT.