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Have you ever considered hypnosis but but been worried about what it's like or if it's safe? Below I reveal all and give you the facts.....
Is hypnosis safe? Yes. It is a safe, natural part of human experience. Always protected by our subconscious, trance is a part of everyday life. We are already proficient in its use; we simply don’t recognise it.
Can I get ‘stuck’ in a trance?
No. It simply doesn’t happen. Many enjoy being in hypnosis so much, they sometimes are reluctant to return to a normal state of awareness, but they will come out of trance as soon as they are ready. Even if they’re determined to stay indefinitely, the hypnotic state turns into ordinary sleep, and they shortly awaken feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Do hypnotised persons lose control of themselves? Quite the opposite, the client is in control of their trance and will do only that which seems right and helpful.
Who can be hypnotised? Just about everyone if they choose and can concentrate for the few moments it requires.
What is it like to be hypnotised? In experiencing altered states it should be acknowledged that trance is slightly different for everyone. Most find it extremely pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing, saying they’ve never felt so agreeably relaxed and comfortable before.
Will I be in the hypnotist’s power?
Certainly not. Hypnotists cannot force anybody to do anything against their will. You can choose not to comply with any disagreeable suggestion. Many are very much more determined and assertive than in their normal state of being.
Are TV shows for real? Can a hypnotist really stick your hands together?
Yes these shows are for real, however you should understand a few things about what you see. When in trance we are highly suggestable and likely to act on what is suggested...HOWEVER only if it fits our own moral code/standard and is safe to do so. o that end, the people on the TV show have first of all volunteered and secondly, are willing to have some fun! Also they are carefully chosen as good hypnotic subjects. As stated above, they simply will not do anything against their will.
What can hypnosis be used for? Having many uses, it is scarcely possible to list them all. It is successful with weight control, stopping smoking, pain control, stress management, sexual, social and psychological problems. It also improves sports, learning and business skills. It also can be used to enhance creativity and as a stimulus to help people gain insights into their life or business.
Can I be forced into a trance? No. It is a state of mind that needs your co-operation. No-one goes against their own unique code of behaviour in hypnosis. Many children are exceptionally good at entering trance, but only if they choose. When teenagers are brought for therapy by parents – the practitioner stands little chance unless he/she makes a “contract” with them, “I will only work with you if you want to, it must be your own individual choice”
Should I use hypnosis as an alternative to seeing my doctor?
No. It is not an alternative to seeking medical care. Hypnosis is a COMPLEMENTARY therapy and should be used in partnership with conventional medicine. Your doctor’s training in diagnosis cannot be replaced by the hypnotist; check out health problems first with your doctor; most do, then you can combine physicians and hypnotherapists healing methods.
Am I too strong-willed to be hypnotised? Strength of will plays no part in the process.
I’m too intelligent to be hypnotised! Wrong – intelligence plays no part in the ability to be hypnotised.
Will the hypnotist be mysterious and use a swinging watch and other paraphernalia to hypnotise me? No. A competent hypnotist needs no airs, graces or spookiness. It is highly unlikely that any swinging watches, flashing lights or gimmicky props will be used, nor weird rituals needed. The hypnotist is likely to be a perfectly normal human being, probably just talking you into a pleasant, enjoyable trance.
Will I reveal any secrets? No. It’s not a truth drug. You choose what to reveal, moreover you can even lie in trance!
Could the hypnotist take advantage of me in any way? No. He/She has no more opportunity to exploit than a hairdresser, plumber or local shopkeeper. But, just as it is important to find a competent hairdresser, etc., it is equally important to make sure you have a good and capable hypnotist.
How are the hypnotists trained? The training hypnotists receive is varied, depending on which school they attend. Some are only trained in direct suggestion; others have a broader selection of therapeutic techniques. Hypnosis is a very practical skill and cannot be well taught through correspondence courses, of which there are several. To ensure the practitioner of your choice has sufficient training, interview him/her over the phone or face to face.
Can the hypnotist tell exactly how many appointments I will need? No, and if they suggest you need to book a fixed number of sessions, be wary...after all, how could they possibly know? A good hypnotist will tailor sessions to the individual, which are unique to your needs. Experience shows that for certain issues an average of 3 - 6 sessions are required while some issues can be resolved in just one session. For this reason the option to 'pay as you go' should be given allowing freedom of choice and flexibility - after all, you know how you feel, not the hypnotherapist!
Is hypnosis a ‘one shot’ treatment? By no means. On occasions many do get great benefit from a single session. Smokers rarely need to go more than once and often phobias can be cleared in one session. Trust your judgement – you can go back whenever you please.
Do you treat other issues, as well as anxiety?
Yes, I work with a wide variety of issues and am renowned for excellent results. Anxiety is my specialist area as it is on the rise both at work and in home life.
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