What is it like to be in hypnosis?
The experience of hypnosis is characterized by relaxation and heightened imagination. You have actually experienced hypnosis many times in your life already – probably even today. Daydreaming is a light hypnotic state. Driving, watching a movie, and even reading this page are all examples of hypnotic phenomenon. Although we hypnotists love to use the word “sleep,” you are not asleep. You are completely aware of your surroundings, and in fact, actually have an enhanced focus. You are in complete control during the entire process. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and your hypnotist is your guide. People usually describe their hypnotic experiences as everything from pleasant and relaxing to euphoric and freeing. To learn more read “How Hypnosis Works.”
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Most can, but not everybody. Hypnosis is a cooperation between you and your hypnotist. If a person will not follow directions, hypnosis will not be successful.
Also, those who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and those who have below average I.Q.’s will not be successful candidates for hypnosis.
Does it really work?
Hypnosis, in it’s modern form, has been researched, tested and improved upon for centuries. It has actually been practiced, although not called hypnosis, for thousands of years in many cultures. In the early nineteenth century, it gained respectability in the medical field through the work of Dr. James Braid. It was later used by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association officially recognized hypnosis as a legitimate procedure in 1958. Today it is taught in some of the leading medical schools in the country including Harvard and Stanford.
Although hypnosis is used in medicine, we do not want to mislead you into believing that we are doing any kind of medical of psychological therapies. We are hypnotists and our focus is exclusively on your results. We do not diagnose or prescribe. We work with you to achieve your own personal goals.
One of the major benefits of hypnosis is the relatively short period of time it takes for our clients to get good results. (According to a report by Dr. Alfred A. Barrios in “The Psychotherapy Journal of the American Psychiatric Association” 38% of patients undergoing psychoanalysis reported recovery after 600 sessions, while 93% reported success after only 6 sessions of hypnotherapy.)
Many of the most successful people in history and most powerful people today have used hypnosis to reach their goals. Click here for a surprising list of famous people who have used hypnosis.
How long does it take?
It is different for each individual. We will be able to give you a better idea during your free screening. Hypnosis works much faster than most solutions, but it will take several sessions to get real results. Many people will notice changes after their first or second session, but in most cases, especially weight loss, multiple sessions over a period of time will be required to get substantial results. If someone tries to tell you that you you only need one or two sessions, don’t buy it. Hypnosis works fast, but it does require multiple sessions over a period of time to get lasting results.
Can hypnosis change my personality?
You are a multifaceted individual and you can use hypnosis to enhance aspects of your personality in a positive manner. Hypnosis allows you to use a greater part of your mind so that you become more resourceful. People who practice hypnosis become better at relaxing under stressful conditions, have more confidence and achieve goals faster. Hypnosis can also be used to correct habits and responses that may be limiting. Your core principles and values remain, and the suggestions made while you are in hypnosis are only accepted if they are agreeable to you.
Can a person in hypnosis be made to do something against their will?
No. This is the stuff of movies and stage shows. It’s all made up, though. The truth is, no one can make you “cluck like a chicken” unless you want to. People who volunteer in stage shows are willing performers who want to play along, but no one can make even a willing participant do something they oppose. A hypnotist cannot force you to do anything either during or after your hypnosis session that you do not want. During hypnosis, your value system remains in tact. If a suggestion is not in keeping with your morals or value system, your subconscious will reject it.