Helping You Create a Better You Hypnosis is best described as a very deep state of relaxation. Hypnosis is a normal, natural, healthy state of mind. It is a naturally occurring body defense mechanism. Hypnosis appears spontaneously as a protective mechanism in humans when they are frightened, disoriented, or in situations of severe mental or physical stress. A Hypnotherapist is really a specialist in hypnosis, using the healing state of hypnosis to work with problems or conditions that you wish to change by enabling you to achieve a state of mental, physical, and emotional relaxation.
What Happens in Hypnosis? When in hypnosis, the conscious mind (that busy, critical, analytical part of the mind) takes a rest. Hypnosis allows you to tap into the storehouse of information that lies in the subconscious (sometimes referred to as the unconscious) mind and make positive changes to thought patterns, habits, or the effects of traumatic incidents that are having a negative impact either mentally or physically.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like? Hypnosis can be likened to the feelings you experience right before waking completely from sleep or just as you drift off to sleep. Some people say it feels like daydreaming. When in hypnosis, people experience a state of complete mental, physical, and emotional relaxation. In itself, this is a very healing state. Dr. Milton Erickson, a leading American hypnotherapist described the process of hypnosis as "a free period in which individuality can flourish."
Can Anyone Be Hypnotized? Virtually anyone can be hypnotized—some more easily than others. The depth that each person reaches in hypnosis varies between individuals. It is not necessary to achieve a very deep level of hypnosis to bring about change to habits or conditions that are having a negative impact mentally, physically, or emotionally.
Is Hypnosis the Same as Meditation? Scans of people in hypnosis show that the brain activation seen in hypnosis is quite different from that seen in normal waking or sleeping or in meditation.
Would I Be Asked to do Something Against My Will? No! This would be the most common misunderstanding associated with hypnosis. This is probably tied in with another misconception that the hypnotherapist has control over you. This is not the case. People will not do or say anything under hypnosis that they would not do normally. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. This fear probably comes from TV shows and performances by stages hypnotists.
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