Hypnosis Facts

Hypnosis FAQs

Q: What is Hypnosis?

A: Hypnosis is a state of mind in which the critical or rational mind is suspended to allow access to the subconscious mind, which is very suggestible. The subconscious mind controls about 95% of all mental abilities, and also controls the physical function of every part of the body. All your habits and long term memories are in your subconscious mind. Did you know you actually enter into some form of hypnosis several times every day? Just as you are falling asleep or waking up, when engrossed in a book or TV show, while meditating or even while driving.

Q: How does hypnosis work?

A: The critical, thinking mind, which acts as a filter for everything we see, hear, feel or experience is bypassed to allow the hypnotist access to the highly suggestible subconscious mind. The Certified Hypnotist is trained and experienced in giving properly worded suggestions to replace old, negative programming with strong, positive suggestions to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior to achieve the changes you desire. Hypnosis works easily, safely and effectively. Suggestions are easily accepted by your subconscious mind. These suggestions then carry over into your daily life.

Q: What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

A: You will not feel weird, strange, dizzy or like you’re in a “trance.” You will not be knocked out. It’s not magic or voodoo. In fact, it feels no different than carrying on a conversation with your eyes closed. You will hear everything going on including all the sounds of around you that you would normally hear and you will feel very relaxed. Many people expect to feel something special or different despite the fact that it is a normal state of the mind that we all go through many times a day.  Each person’s experience is different and will vary from person to person.  As a matter of fact, it seems so normal to a person that they will often deny that they were in hypnosis.  They can hear everything that is going on around them and sometimes their mind will even wander.  They have no point of reference to differentiate this from the waking state (not unlike daydreaming).  In general, it is a pleasant feeling of relaxation where they feel very little inclination to move or open their eyes, although they could if they really wanted to. Most hypnosis is accomplished through a relaxation process and it is a very pleasant feeling. Most people report that they feel very relaxed and refreshed. Absolutely every client I’ve had says they feel great afterwards. They are always amazed at how relaxed they feel.

Q: What if I can’t be hypnotized?

A: It is true that some people are more suggestible than others, but with very few exceptions, if you WANT to be hypnotized, you CAN be hypnotized. The best subjects have average to high intelligence. Yes, even strong-willed and analytical people make excellent subjects. Remember, hypnosis is a natural state of mind. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You ALLOW yourself to be hypnotized. The exceptions are those who really don’t want to be hypnotized or are afraid to be hypnotized.

Q: What can you use Hypnosis for?

A: Some of the things Hypnosis can be used for:


Weight Management, Stop Smoking, Stress Relief, Depression from Cancer, Pain from Cancer

HIV, STD’s, Impotence, Frigidity, Stuttering, Fear of Dentistry, Painless Child Birthing, Sports Improvement

Pain relief in Dentistry, Control Bleeding, Obesity, Phobias and Morbid Fears, Allergies Pain Relief, Back Problems

Asthma, Hay fever, Hives, Arthritis, Headaches, Pre and Post Operations, Study Improvement, Fitness

Problems in School, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Diabetes, Sleep Problems, Insomnia

Concentration, Career Enhancement, Attitude Change, Academic Applications, Image Projection, Tinnitus

Warts, Rashes, Skin Conditions, Healing Facilitation, Motivation, Self Confidence, Sexual Dysfunctions

Mental Blocks, Increase Sexual Pleasure, Shyness, Speaking in Public, Nail Biting, ADHD

and so much more that the list is almost endless. Note some conditions need a Physicians Release Form.

Q: What if I get “stuck” and can’t wake up?

A: You cannot get stuck in hypnosis. Any time you want to emerge from hypnosis, for any reason, you will be able to simply open your eyes and become fully alert. You would still emerge normally on your own, even if no one were around to emerge you.

Q: Will I remember what happened during the session?
A:
Most people DO remember all or most of their session. Some deep level subjects feel like they were asleep and are therefore unaware of what was said. Even if you were that deep, your subconscious mind was still hearing the suggestions because the subconscious mind never sleeps.

Q: What if I’m afraid to let someone “control my mind”?

A: This is a common fear. You will not be unconscious or under the control of the hypnotist. It is nothing like the hypnosis or “mind control” portrayed in movies and fiction, and “brainwashing” requires the use of drugs, sleep deprivation, etc. You have complete control over what you will or will not do. Hypnosis is always a 100% consent state. The truth is when you are in hypnosis, you are deeply relaxed physically, but mentally, you are 10 times more alert. You can hear and respond to everything and are an active participant in the session. A hypnotist CAN NOT make you do anything you do not want to do. Your subconscious mind will not accept suggestions that go against your desires, morals or beliefs. Think about this. If I could control peoples mind do you think I would be here? Heck No!! I would be on my private island with my jets and yachts.

Q: Will I be made to do something foolish?

A: This is another common fear. During stage hypnosis, audience volunteers are made to do silly stunts as part of the entertainment. The stage hypnotist is careful to select the most hypnotizable people. Those volunteering enjoy being part of the entertainment or having an excuse to do outrageous things. And of course, those not cooperating with the stage hypnotist are asked to go back to their seats in the audience. Clinical hypnosis is nothing like stage hypnosis. No one can hypnotize you against your will. Hypnosis is always a 100% consent state. You will never be embarrassed or humiliated in any way during your individual hypnosis session.

Q: Will I blurt out all my secrets?

A: No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum and does not create any compulsion to “tell all your secrets.” A person can lie under hypnosis the same as they could any other time only better because they have all that knowledge from the sub-conscious to help them that would not normally be available to them. You cannot be made to say or do anything you do not want to.

Q: Does hypnosis always work?

A: Hypnosis CAN work for everyone because we all have a subconscious mind. Hypnosis is a tool you can use to tap into the power within you to adjust habits of thought, feeling and behavior. For most it seems to work like magic! For others, it is more of a process, requiring persistence and patience to coax the subconscious mind into making the desired changes.

Q: How many sessions are necessary?

A: I use a method that allows me to help the client address all things they want to work on normally in one session. I have a success rate over 95% using this method in one session.

Q: How can hypnosis help me lose weight?

A: Hypnosis can boost your motivation to exercise, drink more water, reduce stress, improve your self-esteem and confidence and eliminate cravings. It can be used to identify and clarify the physical, habitual and emotional factors for your weight problem and can help change those patterns. Positive suggestions are used to reprogram your subconscious mind to help you meet your goals in healthy, pleasant ways.

Q: Can hypnosis help me quit smoking?

A:Yes. When you have decided to quit smoking or using other tobacco products, hypnosis can reinforce that decision and eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms. I have a very good success rate and receive many referrals from successful clients.

Q: Does hypnosis help with chronic conditions, such as pain, nausea, itching, headaches etc.?

A: Yes. Deep relaxation and visualization techniques are use. A noticeable reduction in discomfort can be expected on the first visit, and even more as you practice Self-hypnosis techniques. Hypnosis is effective for relieving psoriasis, poison ivy, migraine headaches, nausea due to pregnancy or chemotherapy, chronic pain due to arthritis, fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc. A doctor’s release is required prior to hypnosis for any health-related problem to avoid masking any symptoms requiring medical diagnosis and treatment. I would be happy to work with your medical professional.

Q: Does hypnosis work for drug or alcohol addictions?

A: Yes. The most effective use of hypnosis is as an adjunct or addition to your recovery program. I am not a substance abuse counselor. Hypnosis is an additional tool that can help you with withdrawal symptoms and reinforce your motivation to quit. There has been much success in assisting clients overcome addictions to alcohol, illegal drugs and drugs such as sleep and pain medications. Hypnosis can also help you forgive yourself and others, release the past, reprogram negative thought patterns, focus on the present, set goals, and powerfully build up positive feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.

Q: What is regression hypnosis?

A: Everything you have ever seen, heard, smelled, tasted, felt or experienced is recorded in your subconscious mind. With hypnosis, you can go back to an earlier time in your memory to recall and release perceived traumatic events, which may be contributing to current fears, stress, or behavior. However, it is not necessary to recall the pain associated with these memories of past events in order to overcome them. I use a method that allows one to recover the things the client wants to work on without reliving the pain.. It lets you do the work without having to relive the pain in the memories. Another use for regression hypnosis is to recall the details of specific events for forensic purposes.  A more frequent use of regression hypnosis is to recover misplaced items. I’ve helped many clients and myself recover misplaced jewelry, money and documents.

Q: What can I expect at my first session?

A: Your session will be a pleasant experience. The session consists of a Client Intake Form which you will download and fill out in advance and bring with you to your session. We will briefly talk about how hypnosis works and answers most of your questions about hypnosis. We’ll then discuss your goals or problems, as well as your expectations, and I’ll answer any additional questions you might have. You will then be guided into a deep state of physical and mental relaxation. You will be aware of everything going on around you, but most likely you will drift and daydream while positive suggestions for the changes you desire are given to your subconscious mind, replacing the old programming which is causing the problem. These new suggestions will become a part of you, allowing you to accomplish your goals and/or eliminate problems. You will then emerge from hypnosis with strong positive suggestions, feeling very refreshed and alert.

Always remember the power to change your life resides right there within you, right now – just waiting for your instructions.

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