Hypnosis is a very normal and natural state. What if I pointed out the fact that you already go into hypnosis several times a day, how would you feel?
If you think about the times when you’ve been captivated by a book or movie, missed your exit on the motorway, got home and realised that even though you weren’t thinking about the journey you got there. These are all examples of the everyday trances we go through.
So now you realise you experience hypnotic states many times every day think about the times when you see other people zooming out. You may have seen someone so focused on the tv or the task they were doing they didn’t hear you calling them. Or in a lesson or a meeting when you see someone’s zoned out and not paying attention.
When someone’s zoned out, daydreaming, or in a trance what’s actually happening is that while the conscious mind is focused on whatever it’s paying attention to the unconscious mind takes the helm and looks after things, like an autopilot to keep you safe.
The unconscious has evolved to learn via emotions and experience to keep you safe. Trance is natural and happens multiple times every day.
Hypnotherapy utilizes these natural learning states to help people change unwanted behaviours and is founded on the work of many physiologists, behaviourists and doctors, including Ivan Pavlov who won the Nobel Prize for Physiology & Medicine in 1904
Hypnotherapy sessions are different from what you’ve seen on stage or TV. You are always in control, and will never bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken … unless of course, you want to.
Hypnosis is safe, effective, and works very quickly compared to other types of therapy.
Everyone can be hypnotized, however, it’s important to remember hypnosis is a willing state. You cannot be hypnotized against your will, and working with a hypnotherapist is a co-creative process.
The most common reason for failure to induce a hypnotic state is a lack of rapport with a hypnotherapist, or working with someone that doesn’t have proper training.
Hypnosis is not the same as sleeping, it’s a heightened learning state where the body is deeply relaxed and the mind is alert. Although the mind may drift, you should still be able to hear everything that is being said to you during the session.