How We Cure
What Is Hypnosis?
Like other states of consciousness, such as normal waking consciousness, sleep, dreaming, and intoxication from various drugs, the experience of hypnosis is unique to the person experiencing it. So although there are features of the hypnotic state that are common among people who are hypnotized, it is never exactly the same from one person to another, nor is it the same each time the same person is hypnotized.
During hypnosis, a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist induces a state of intense concentration or focused attention. This is a guided process with verbal cues and repetition.
The trance-like state you enter may appear similar to sleep in many ways, but you’re fully aware of what’s going on.
While you’re in this trance-like state, your therapist will make guided suggestions designed to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.
Because you’re in a heightened state of focus, you may be more open to proposals or advice that, in your normal mental state, you might ignore or brush off.
When the session is complete, your therapist will wake you from the trance-like state, or you will exit it on your own.
Hypnosis is promoted as a treatment for many conditions or issues. Such as
Phobias & Fears
Irritable bowel syndrome
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-surgical wound healing
You’re absolutely in control of your body during hypnosis. Despite what you see with stage hypnosis, you’ll remain aware of what you’re doing and what’s being asked of you. If you don’t want to do something you’re asked to do under hypnosis, you won’t do it.
No, you will not be asleep or awake but somewhere in the middle. You may look like you’re sleeping, but you’re awake during hypnosis, like day dreaming. You’re just in a deeply relaxed state. Your muscles will become limp, your breathing rate will slow, and you may become drowsy and you will be FULLY AWARE of what is going on at ALL times.
Hypnotism isn’t a truth serum. Although you’re more open to suggestion during hypnotism, you still have free will and moral judgment. No one can make you say anything — lie or not — that you don’t want to say.
While many people think that they cannot be hypnotized, research has shown that a large number of people are more hypnotizable than they believe.
Yes, every human being can be hypnotized with the following three exceptions.
1. Young children under about 5
2. Severely mentally disturbed
3. People who choose not to be hypnotized
People do go into different depths of hypnosis but hypnotherapy can be of benefit to everyone.
The needs differ for each individual. Some people can be helped with 4 sessions and some people can be helped with less or more.
Hypnosis is completely safe and there are no harmful side effects.