Is there any ‘magic’ involved?
No. Forget how hypnotists are portrayed on TV! It’s not a case of your hypnotist waving a magic wand and all your problems disappear. You will actually be doing a lot of the work yourself, your hypnotist is there to guide you towards your success and to help you achieve your goals. You also have to be serious and determined about wanting to change any habits/pattern forming behavior that keep you stuck and stop you from becoming, doing or achieving what it is you want in life.
Can everyone be hypnotized?
No. Someone who suffers from paranoia cannot be hypnotized as they lack trust in others, and it’s important you feel you can trust your hypnotist. A person who has an IQ lower than 70 cannot be hypnotized and also children under 4 years old, due to their short attention span.
If you’re strong-willed can you be hypnotized?
Yes. If you’re strong willed and/or like to feel in control, you can be hypnotized. If you have the right, positive attitude about succeeding with hypnosis your hypnotist will help find the correct approach for you.
How does hypnosis work?
We have a conscious and a subconscious mind. Through our conscious mind we think, make our decisions and solve problems. The subconscious mind stores all of our memories, emotions, beliefs and previous life experiences. When we’re in hypnosis we communicate directly with the subconscious mind. This is how we’re able to make lasting changes to our behavior, undo any of our unwanted habits and change our beliefs.
Have I ever experienced hypnosis before and not realized it?
Yes. Anytime when you find yourself absorbed in something, eg day-dreaming, reading a book, watching tv, listening to music etc, you’re actually experiencing being in a state of hypnosis. It’s a natural state of mind we are all constantly going in and out of every day.
What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
Although it’s a unique experience for everyone, it most definitely feels very relaxing and free from any stress and tension. Some people experience a tingling/numbing sensation or a heaviness/lightness within their body.
What are ‘suggestions?’
Suggestions, while under hypnosis, are the key to changing the behaviors and old habits that are holding you back. Prior to hypnosis you’ll discuss any suggestions to be made with your hypnotist and you’ll have far more success if they’re realistic and achievable. If they’re not you’ll reject them while in hypnosis.
Will I be unconscious during hypnosis?
No, and it’s not a sleep state either. While you’re in a state of deep relaxation you’ll focus on the suggestions made by your hypnotist, so you are alert and very much aware of everything going on around you. You can also hear all the sounds of your environment, but your attention will be focused on your hypnotist’s voice.
What if I reveal all my secrets?
This won’t happen under hypnosis as you can’t be made to say or do anything you don’t want to. You’re in control and aware of what’s going on at all times.
Will the hypnotist be in control of me?
No, you are always in control. A hypnotist will guide you into the hypnotic state and make suggestions that are always positive and will only ever be towards your success. Hypnosis is a state of consent and your hypnotist cannot make you do something you don’t want to do.
Can I get ‘stuck’ while in hypnosis?
No. You will always come out of hypnosis as it’s a natural state, a state which you can discontinue at any time because you’re in control. For example, if you’re in hypnosis and something happened to your hypnotist, you would probably get bored and come out of hypnosis back to normal awareness, or you might even briefly fall asleep and then wake up as normal.
How many sessions will I need?
This varies from client to client and will be discussed during your initial session/consultation. Some get results with only one or two sessions but others need more sessions over a longer period of time to overcome any unwanted behavior which has been a pattern for many years. For more details please see our further information section.
What to expect at my first session?
During your first session you will discuss exactly what it is you need help and guidance with, and the success/goals you wish to achieve. It’s important for you to be specific, open and honest about any issue you have as this will help the hypnotist get to the root of the problem and base suggestions on. It’s completely confidential and your hypnotist is always working towards your greater good, and is not there to judge. You’ll also learn about what hypnosis is and how it works, and ask any questions that you have prior to the hypnosis. You’ll be asked to do a few, fun, suggestibility exercises, which help the hypnotist determine your level of concentration and imagination. You will then make yourself as comfortable as possible and will be guided into the hypnotic state using methods best suited to your individual needs. While under hypnosis you’ll be given the suggestions that were previously discussed and agreed upon. At the end of the session you can take as much time as you need to fully emerge from hypnosis, feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Are the Results Permanent?
The suggestions given while in hypnosis can stay with some people for the rest of their lives, while others need to have the suggestions reinforced over a period of time. Your hypnotist can also help you with practicing self-hypnosis at home. The results of hypnosis increase with every session you have, as the suggestions and techniques are practiced more and more over time, they lead to more long-lasting results.