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How does hypnosis work? Will I remember what happened?
Hypnosis usually brings a very pleasant feeling of complete physical and mental relaxation. If you go into a deep hypnotic state, you might not remember everything that happened during hypnosis once you awake. However, it is important to realize that your subconscious mind will remember everything that was said by the therapist.
What is HYPNOSIS? And what is HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis is a trance or altered state of consciousness that's between waking and sleep, and is characterized by increased suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It's a natural state which we achieve many times throughout the day, without realizing it (for instance, when we become so involved driving, watching TV or a movie, or reading a book, that we lose awareness of where we are), and it’s commonly referred to as “zoning out.” Through hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions for positive change on a subconscious level, using the power of the mind. An example of this power at work is the placebo effect (positive effects are caused by the mind due to positive beliefs; for instance, when trial patients are given a sugar pill rather than drugs and manage to heal themselves just as much or even better than the ones who take the real drugs). So if the mind can visualize positive change and believe it’s already happening, it can achieve it.
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic method that uses hypnosis to help you achieve positive change. The hypnotherapist can also use tools that enhance that power in positive ways, such as post-hypnotic suggestions and affirmations.
What can Hypnotherapy be used for?
Hypnotherapy can be of great use for behavioral, physical and psychological conditions such as stress, anxiety, fears and phobias, sleep distress, self esteem and motivation, loss and separation, depression, and many others. It is effectively used for weight loss, smoking cessation, athletic performance, learning disabilities, natural child birth, etc. It can also be used for regression therapy.
Does hypnosis work better with the weak-minded?
No! In fact, the stronger the will of a person, the more likely they are to achieve success in hypnosis. This is because people are most influenced by their own suggestions and, in actuality, put themselves in a hypnotic state. A therapist's role is to guide them in this process. In addition, no one can be hypnotized against their will, or be made to do something they don’t want to do. Hypnotherapy will only be effective if the client wants to be helped and wants to resolve their problem. In a hypnotic state a client will either accept or refuse a suggestion. Most people are capable of reaching a hypnotic state, as long as they are motivated to do so.
Is hypnosis safe?
Hypnotherapy is a safe, natural and non-invasive way to guide you through positive change. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Hypnosis that's conducted by a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe, complementary and alternative medical treatment.”
Is it difficult to wake up from hypnosis?
There has never been a documented case of harmful results from the therapeutic use of hypnosis. It is easy to be brought back from a hypnotic trance; there has never been a documented case of someone unable to come out of it.
Are there any potential risks with hypnosis?
There are some potential risks involving hypnosis, such as: abreaction (a strong emotional reaction to a memory); physical reactions (especially if the client has epilepsy, lung or respiratory disease, etc); recollection of blocked memories (which can cause an abreaction); and false memories (in regression therapy). It is important to remember that such occurrences can be great opportunities for a client to remove, resolve and release past issues or trauma. It’s also important to understand that recollected “memories” might be real; but they could be distorted and embellished, much like being in a dream state. Such recollections could also be just a symbolic representation of what the client felt during a hurtful or traumatic moment. A qualified hypnotherapist should be prepared for and able to handle such issues, and also know when to call for additional professional help or refer the client.
Does hypnosis work for everyone?
Most people are capable of reaching a hypnotic state, as long as they are motivated to do so. There are some issues which can potentially decrease the effectiveness of hypnotherapy by impeding or slowing down progress, such as resistance (often caused by the client being of two minds about a goal; having fear of symptom removal; trying too hard; being over analytical; having lack of rapport with the therapist; suffering from extreme anxiety or other mental health issues; etc). The hypnotherapist should be able to help the client through some of these issues, at least to a certain degree; however, the client needs to be willing and open to change. The combination of hypnotherapy with counseling or other behavior modification practices can be beneficial in such cases.
What is self-hypnosis?
Self-hypnosis is the self-induced form of hypnosis, where the client makes use of self-suggestions and affirmations. Self-hypnosis can help reinforce the work done during guided sessions. In a way, all hypnosis is a form of self-hypnosis. Different techniques can be used, either on your own or with a hypnotherapist as your guide. But even when you engage the help of a hypnotherapist, it’s your subconscious doing the work of opening up to and accepting suggestions for positive change. As I mentioned above, most people are capable of reaching a hypnotic state, as long as they are motivated to do so. The more motivated you are, the better it works.