I’m often asked about how hypnotherapy works. Here are answers to some basic questions about hypnosis and how it works.
Q. In hypnosis, can I be made to do things I would normally never do—things like bark or quack or say something I would normally never say?
A. The firm answer is, “No!” The hypnotist does not have any power over you.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. All the hypnotist does is help the client relax. After that, the skills of the hypnotist are used only to help the client uncover past trauma and understand it better so it is no longer impacting the client’s life. The client remembers everything that is said during the session.
People often ask about stage shows where people bark and quack and do other funny behaviors that not everyone would feel comfortable doing. In those shows, we are seeing the person’s desire to “play the game.” They go up on stage ready to be play and be silly. Again, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Those participants give themselves permission to do these things. And they do remember what they do on stage.
Q. What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
A. The experience of hypnosis is like becoming really very relaxed. Since all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, you become as relaxed as you want to be. Trust in the hypnotherapist helps the client to relax even more. Therefore, the more hypnosis you do, the more you trust your hypnotist, the deeper you go.
A hypnotherapist has only so much power, and a client’s desire to relax plays a huge role. While in hypnosis, the client can hear everything, remember everything, and respond to questions while remaining in hypnosis. Although they can hear all sounds, clients decide to ignore everything else but what is going on in their own mind. Upon coming out of hypnosis, a client often feels more relaxed and refreshed than even after an 8-hour sleep. The feeling of hypnosis (relaxation) can last for 30 minutes to 6 hours after the session. You are able to drive and continue your day. You just feel more relaxed about it.
I would love to respond to more questions about hypnosis. Just write me or respond on the blog with your question and I will respond either personally or in another blog post. If hypnosis might be of interest to you or for someone you care about, please feel free to book a Free 30-Minute Discovery Session with me.