What does hypnosis feel like?
Hypnotic trance is a very pleasurable state of relaxation similar to that experienced while daydreaming but usually on a much deeper level. You may feel as though your body is very heavy or very light; there is a sense of detachment from the body: many people lose feeling in their hands and feet.
While in the hypnotic trance, you will be focused on the facilitator’s voice. Other sounds will fade away. The hypnotist’s voice may seem to become distant or may fade in and out. Time becomes fluid. The trance session may seem to last just a few minutes, when in real time it is actually much longer. Normally you remember everything that goes on during the trance session. The usual response to a hypnotic session is feeling deeply relaxed.
Will I reveal my secrets?
You are always in control. You are free to ignore any suggestions the facilitator may make. You can never be forced to reveal anything you do not want to have known.
However, in some cases, a problem may have its roots in a circumstance that you have hidden even from yourself; as part of the healing process, you may spontaneously recall events that provide a solution to your current situation.
Can I be given a post-hypnotic suggestion that makes me act inappropriately?
Post-hypnotic suggestions are always made in the client’s best interest, to effect positive changes, such as a suggestion for relaxation before a public presentation. As mentioned above, you may choose to ignore any suggestion the facilitator makes if you are uncomfortable with it.
What kind of situations or problems can hypnotherapy help me with?
Hypnotherapy can also improve functioning in many areas: Sports Performance, Time Management/Procrastination, Motivation, Organization, Creativity, Focus and Study Skills.
What do brainwaves have to do with hypnotherapy?
There are four levels of brain activity as measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG): beta, alpha, theta, and delta. Hypnotic suggestions are most effective in the alpha and theta states.
- Beta: 15-30 oscillations per second (Hz)). This is the normal state of wakefulness associated with rationality: thinking, problem solving and attention to the external world.
- Alpha: (9-14 Hz). A state of relaxed awareness or light trance, this is typical of daydreaming or “highway hypnosis.” Meditation begins here. Many people experience successful hypnosis in this state and often feel “no different” from their usual state of consciousness.
- Theta: (4-8 Hz). A state of medium trance, this is also the stage of sleep where rapid eye movement (REM) dreaming occurs.
- Delta: (1-3 Hz). This slowest brainwave is found during deep, dreamless sleep and extremely deep trance. This is a somnambulistic stage where the body is in a state of paralysis. In this hypnotic stage, surgery without anesthesia is possible. In this state of sleep, Human Growth Hormone, which facilitates healing, is released.
It should be noted that hypnosis can be effective no matter the level of trance- your body will go effortlessly to the level best for you in each particular session.