Hypnosis is a natural process involving a focused state of attention that allows for an increased receptiveness to suggestion. When utilized effectively, this resource state can be used for powerful self improvement. This state is often associated with a profound state of relaxation. Such relaxation in and of itself can produce significant improvements in symptoms associated with pain, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and many others.
Natural State of Hypnosis
Everyone has experienced hypnosis in one form or another many times throughout their life. As we enter sleep, and as we wake up, we pass through a state of hypnosis. Have you ever watched a movie, and become so involved in the movie, that you lose awareness of what else is going on around you? Perhaps you even experienced fear, joy, or sadness while watching the movie. This occurs by creating a state of focused attention (hypnosis), and applying suggestion (story line of the movie). Which in turn produces a targeted effect within you. Advertising and political campaigns regularly make use of hypnotic principles and language patterns to influence thoughts and behaviors.
Types of Hypnosis
Stage Hypnosis – This is probably the type of hypnosis that most people have familiarity with. It is generally used in a comedic setting for entertainment purposes. As such, a stage hypnotist utilizes hypnosis (and other principles) for the purpose of entertaining an audience.
Clinical Hypnosis – Involves working with clients, either individually, or in groups, to help them facilitate a desired change. This type of hypnosis employs a professional relationship between the hypnotist and client(s). Clinical hypnosis is often used to help with medical conditions, fears/phobias, sports performance, or general self improvement.
What can Hypnosis help with?
Hypnosis and related techniques can be applied to almost any aspect of our lives. Some of the more common applications include:
And Many More
What to expect during a Hypnosis Session
As previously discussed, hypnosis is a natural state that we all experience on a daily basis. The process for utilizing hypnosis for effecting change is a pleasant and relaxing experience. You will be aware of everything that is happening, and will remember as much you would from any normal conversation. Rather than being a loss of control, this is a process that allows you to take back control of those areas of your life that do not have to be out of control anymore.
There may be times when you may be focused very intently on what is being said, and at other times, you may notice that your mind may begin to wander to other things. This is perfectly OK, and completely natural. The subconscious mind will still process what is being said even if you are not completely aware of it.
If at anytime during your session, you feel the need to move, scratch, or adjust for comfort, feel free to do so, as it will only serve allow you to relax even deeper.
Many people often wonder what hypnosis will “feel” like. You may feel a heavy or sinking sensation. Or, you may feel a light and floating feeling. Or, you may have the incredible sensation of… Simply sitting in a chair. There is no one or “right” feeling of hypnosis. Everyone and every experience can be different. Whatever feeling you may experience, is “right” for you, and is your experience.