Hypnosis is a natural state of mind one experiences. A deep physical relaxation is experienced in order to open the Subconscious mind and provides a clear and focused mind. While the Subconscious mind is open, it is able to accept positive suggestion. Hypnosis is often referred to as an altered state of awareness, however keep in mind you never lose control at any point in time while experiencing hypnosis.
Most people experience hypnosis naturally over the course of the day and do not even realize it. Have you been driving home and suddenly do not remember passing the store, or a certain intersection? Perhaps you have become so involved in a movie that time passes by in what feels like 15 minutes time, however it was several hours?
Those are a few examples of the natural state of hypnosis many experience on a daily basis, which is called environmental hypnosis.
What is a Hypnotherapist?
A Hypnotherapist is an Alternative Health Care Professional who is skilled and specially trained in the use of Hypnosis for Clients self improvement goals. Associates at The Hypnotic Wellness Center are Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, who have received extensive and specialized training at the only school of Hypnosis in the State of Georgia which is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission. A Hypnotherapist is not a Medical Doctor, or a Psychologist, and does NOT treat nor diagnose.
Can I be Hypnotized against my will?
Absolutely not! All people are susceptible to experiencing induced hypnosis by a Hypnotherapist, however not a single person will ever be subject to induction of hypnosis against their will. If they do not want to be hypnotized, it will not happen.
No you will not lose control of your body, mind or feelings at any point while experiencing hypnosis. You always maintain control of your own body, mind and feelings and at no point will you do anything you wouldn’t normally do while at the conscious level.
If a Hypnotherapist were to suggest something during hypnosis which was against your personal morals and values, you would immediately come out of hypnosis, and would not allow that Hypnotherapist to induce a Hypnotic State for you ever again.
People experience many different things while experiencing hypnosis.
At a light depth you may feel very alert and awake and as if you could open your eyes and just walk out of the room, however you will not want to do so.
At medium depths you may feel so relaxed and comfortable that you may begin to tune out the hypnotherapist at times, however you will recall the entire session with perfect clarity. You may even notice that certain noises of birds outside, passing traffic, or ringing phones are louder, but they are not, your senses are just heightened and your mind is more open and clear.
While at deeper levels it may feel similar to sleeping, although you will not be sleeping as brain waves during sleep are much different than brain waves during hypnosis. During those deep depths, you may even completely loose the sound of the Hypnotherapist and afterward not be able to recall any of the session. That is ok, and normal. Everything that happened is still in your subconscious mind.
How many Sessions needed to reach your goals varies by the individual, and the goal itself. Only the Client can determine when they have had enough sessions.
However, rarely is one Session sufficient. We experience something called "Depreciation". Depreciation can be thought of as a reaction to a "trigger" from the subconscious mind. Because the subconscious mind works solely on associating and identifying, and learned by repitition, days after a session a trigger may be experienced which is associated with the behavior one is trying to change.
An example of this would be a smoker trying to quit smoking. They do great for 4 days after a session, then suddenly their employer stresses them out at work. The stress is the trigger, which is identified by the subconscious mind as "If I smoke this stress will go away and I will feel better" thus creating a depreciation of their success to quit as they reach for that cigarette.
Over the course of your sessions, the Hypnotherapist is able to strengthen your positive suggestions, and eliminate these triggers by how you react to them. By positively eliminating how you used to react to these triggers with repitition, it brings you down a path where the trigger no longer has the same negative effect of bringing you backwards in your self improvement. And the smoker finds that they now handle stress more positively and no longer have the desire to reach for a cigarette to eliminate the stress.
A comparison study in American Health Magazine suggests:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions