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What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnosis is an individual experience and feels different for each person. For some, it is a profoundly transformative and vivid state, where they can see colours, shapes, scenes as if they are actually real. For others, it simply feels like they were very relaxed with their eyes closed, listening to what was being said.
It is during the hypnotic state where you feel at your most relaxed, allowing your mind to drift and simply enjoy the experience. You’ll be awake at all times and aware of what is going on around you, and in control of your own mind.
Some people hear every word that I say to them, others drift in and out, and a few don’t remember a thing because they were away in their own world for a while. How you experience it is up to you. Each way is completely fine, and equally beneficial and there is no ‘right’ way to experience it.
Will you have control of my mind?
No. You have control of your own mind at all times.
As a clinical hypnotherapist, my aim is to guide you into a wonderfully relaxed state both physically and mentally. It is during this state that I can help you to explore your subconscious mind and find answers to problems you may have and find the solutions that are right for you.
Will I tell you my deepest, darkest secrets?
No. I will rarely ask you to speak during a hypnosis session but regardless, you would never tell me anything you wouldn’t want me to know. Your secrets, if you have any, will remain yours. Safe and sound.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
No. You cannot get stuck in a hypnotic state. The trance state you’ll enter is simply a very deep level of relaxation, so the very worst thing that can happen is that you simply fall asleep. And that’s fine. If that happens, I would simply very gently wake you back up. The goal of the hypnotist, however, is to keep you awake, so that you can be aware of what is being said to some extent.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Don’t worry, almost anyone of average or above average intelligence can be hypnotised. It is useful to remember that we can all go into a trance state, when we daydream or perhaps get absorbed by a book.
Will you have me clucking like a chicken?
You’d be surprised at how many people ask this, and answer is a very simple; No.
You don’t become someone else during hypnosis, and I can’t make you do or say anything you don’t want to do. Your mind will simply reject suggestions that don’t meet with your ethical or moral codes. Importantly, my job is to make hypnosis beneficial for you. Acting like a farm animal is rarely useful in daily life!
In short, hypnosis is completely natural, safe and enjoyable. Unfortunately, misconceptions, half-truths, lies, gaudy stage acts and cheap tricks have caused many people to shy away from this wonderful experience.
For more information read my post on hypnotherapy vs. stage hypnotism to truly understand the difference. If you have any more questions, please contact me.