What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis involves deep physical relaxation and so most people experience great physical comfort during a session and then refreshed and renewed as if waking up from a good night’s sleep afterward. Other than the relaxing aspect, everyone experiences hypnosis in a different way. For example, some people feel as if they are floating while others feel as if their body is pleasantly heavy.
Will I be asleep?
Your body may be so relaxed that it feels as if it is asleep, however your mind is fully focused, awake, and conscious of everything that goes on when you are in hypnosis. You can move, talk, and express emotion as usual.
Will the hypnotherapist make me divulge information I don’t want to reveal?
You are in control at all times. You can open your eyes, ask questions, or decide to stop a session at anytime you choose during the process. At no point during hypnosis will you lose control of your mind. If you hear a suggestion that you do not agree with, or do not understand, your subconscious mind will automatically reject it. You will only reveal information that you choose to reveal. In hypnosis your will and volition are intact and so you will not act on any suggestion or respond to any question in a way that you would not feel comfortable about while out of hypnosis.
Will I cluck like chicken like in a stage show?
You will not do anything silly or embarrassing, such as clucking like a chicken. Sometimes the goal you wish to achieve indicates a process that involves exploring topics that may cause you to experience some emotional discomfort, however you will be fully supported with compassion and care. Clients generally feel that the benefits of this intervention far outweigh any emotional discomfort they may have felt. Your boundaries will be fully respected and you can stop at any time.
What if I can’t be hypnotized?
We all enter a hypnosis state just before falling asleep and just after waking up. Anyone who wants to be hypnotized can be. The most important factors for success are openness to new experiences and a trusting, comfortable relationship with your therapist. Some people need more time and practice, but nearly everyone can enter hypnosis if they wish to do so.
Should I use hypnosis?
The state of hypnosis is very safe and it is beneficial for most people. Simply experiencing the deep relaxation of hypnosis has many physical and psychological benefits. You don’t have to have a “problem” to benefit from hypnosis. It is a wonderful tool for tapping into creativity or deepening a meditative practice. However, hypnotherapy cannot take the place of medical care of psychotherapy. If you are under a doctor’s or counselor’s care, and you are considering the use of hypnotherapy as an adjunct to your treatment, it is mandatory that you talk about this with your care provider first. It is optimal for providers to collaborate and coordinate with you and one another to provide the best outcome possible.