What is hypnosis like? What might I experience?

Most people experience a very calm, relaxed physical and mental state during hypnosis, while being deeply inwardly focused. It is not uncommon to lose track of time, as if in a daydream. Some people also experience temporary sensory changes in parts of the body, such as feelings of heaviness, lightness, tingling, warmth or coolness. Everyone’s experience is a little different.

Will I be unconscious or asleep?

No, hypnosis does not render a person unconscious or intentionally put a person to sleep. You will be awake and aware during hypnosis, even if deeply inwardly focused. That being said, it is entirely possible to become so relaxed that you fall asleep.

Is hypnosis dangerous?

Hypnosis itself is not a dangerous process. However, if applied in an unwise, unprepared, or unethical manner, it could produce unhelpful or harmful results. Be sure to check that your hypnotist is appropriately trained prior to working with him or her.

Is hypnosis unnatural?

No. We all go through various states of mind throughout our days, and some of them are hypnotic. One example is “highway hypnosis”…did you ever notice while driving how you reached your destination without remembering specific turns or stretches of highway? We often go into hypnotic states when doing routine or repetitive activities, reading absorbing books, and even when taking a long walk.

Can hypnosis be used to control your mind?

No. Hypnosis cannot take control of a person’s mind or body, nor can it make a person do, say or think anything contrary to their will or beliefs.

Is there any research that shows hypnosis really works?

Yes! Hypnosis has been used to profound effect in relaxation, focus, pain management, PTSD, fears and phobias, anxiety, insomnia, habit change and much more.

I’m interested. What will my first session be like?

Prior to your initial session, you’ll receive a new client intake form. In our first session, we’ll use part of the time to discuss your goals, issues and concerns, answer your questions, and start a plan to address your needs. Then, we’ll spend some time with some easy, relaxing hypnosis. We’ll follow up with setting tasks and exercises you can do at home and plan our next session.

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