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Hypnosis FAQ’s

Clinical Applications

Hypnotherapy is accepted to benefit the following:

Stopping smoking, nail biting, weight control, healthy eating, performance anxiety, exam nerves, learning, memory and concentration, self-confidence, phobias, compulsive behaviour, emotional problems, sleep problems, inhibitions, anxiety and panic, worries, stress reductions, blood pressure, self image, IBS, childbirth, skin problems, pain control and more…

How does it feel to be hypnotised?

It feels good. Hypnosis is a natural state similar to the feeling you get just before you fall asleep at night.  You can hear everything, my voice, the sounds outside the building, a car going down the street outside, whatever.

You're aware of everything going on around you as well as what your unconscious is revealing to you.  When you wake up, you feel refreshed and revitalised.

How do you put people into hypnosis?

You first create rapport with the person in front of you by demonstrating that you understand where he/she is coming from; that done, you use voice and language to guide them into their own internal landscape.

Is hypnosis "mind control?"

No. 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.

If the hypnotherapist`s suggestion conflicts with a client's value system, rapport is broken and the client simply brings him or herself up out of hypnosis; they just "wake up".

What about those stage hypnotists who make people do silly things?

For some, hypnosis (like alcohol) is a convenient "excuse" to act out and not take responsibility for their behaviour. A stage hypnotist will always choose the extravert personality because it makes for a more entertaining show.

How much will I remember?

You'll remember everything you need to remember. However, because most clients receive a great deal of information it may take days, weeks or months to really process.

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 realised that depth has little bearing.

It is a fact that the more hypnosis one undergoes, the greater and easier one drops down into the altered state.  It is a skill and like all skills - improves with practice.

How do I know if I can be hypnotised?

Everyone can be hypnotised but one has to be willing to do it. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, which means if you want to do it, you will.

Can I "get stuck"?

No. Hypnosis is a very natural and normal state; it is impossible for anyone to be `left or lost` in hypnosis. If at any time for any reason, you want to emerge from the state of hypnosis, you will instantly open your eyes and become fully alert.

No one can keep you in hypnosis against your will. After hypnosis, a person awakens naturally, just as they do after sleep.

Can hypnosis hurt me?

In over two hundred years of recorded hypnosis history, there is no documented case of anyone being hurt with hypnosis. Hypnosis can only be used in a positive way. 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.