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What is Hypnosis

Most people believe that hypnosis isn’t real. They have seen movies, or poor stage shows, or have seen a guy on TV walking around as if he has power over the people on stage. This is so far from the truth of hypnosis it’s not funny.

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that everyone experiences every day, often more than once. Have you ever tried talking to someone who is watching TV, or looking at their social media, and found it hard to get their attention? This is a naturally occurring trance state.

Let me show you what hypnosis like:

Now close your eyes and breathe in… now breate out.
And again, breathe in… now breathe out and relax.
Relax the muscles around your eyes so they are so relaxed that you could not possibly relax them any further.
Now relax them so much that they are too relaxed to open. Now holding onto that relaxation, test them and make sure they stay shut.

That’s hypnosis

A do to processA do with process
SleepA state of relaxation
Being gullibleImagination
Being weak-mindedExercise for your mind
Being controlled by someone elseRapport with your unconscious
A loss of self controlThe ultimate state of control

The legal definition of Hypnosis is …

  • Hypnosis is a state of enhanced relaxation and concentration in which the deeper parts of the mind become more accessible.
  • Hypnosis is the bypass of the critical faculty
  • The accepting of selective thinking, thoughts, concepts and ideas that is OK by you and consistent with your values.
  • Altering a person’s belief or reality through suggestion.
  • Following instructions.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a combination of hypnosis and therapy, which is one of the many attributes separating it from stage hypnosis. It is the most immediate tool for changing beliefs and/or behaviours.

Traditionally, a hypnotherapist will spend about half of his or her time talking to the client while the client is in Beta (normal awakening consciousness). The remainder of the time, the client will be in hypnosis (Alpha or lower). Hypnotherapy works by combining hypnosis with precise, outcome-oriented therapy and targeting the subconscious mind.

Hypnotherapy is quite different than traditional therapy. Instead of spending years with a therapist, clients who undergo hypnotherapy will have an efficient, fast, and reliable means of altering negative behaviour. It is important to note that hypnotherapy is not for everyone. Some clients want to spend years in traditional therapy getting to know themselves and examining the roots of their behaviour. Some clients will even respond better to long-term non-hypnotic therapy. Hypnosis is just one of the thousands of ways a person can achieve their goals; however, if you want immediate results, hypnotherapy is the most effective tool that may help.

The beauty of hypnosis is that a person’s body does not know the difference between imagining something and having is happen. As far as the body is concerned, the physiological responses are the same regardless of whether the client is imaging something or it is happening.

The client therefore has the advantage of intellectually knowing that a situation is happening only in the imagination and physically responding as though it has happened. The client gets the benefit of trackling their fears, losing weight, or becoming motivated without even having left the hypnotherapist’s chair. The client is still reclined in their chair, yet as far as their body knows, they have conquered their cravings, lost weight, learned how to speak to romantic interests, etc. This means that when it comes time for the client to eat healthy foods, or go on a date, or stop procrastinating, their body will feel as though they have already done this, and will therefore have the confidence and ability to move forward.