1. WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness during which our subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions that are given. We drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day, absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as consciously. Your hypnotherapist will work with your imagination to help you to achieve your goals.
2. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE HYPNOTIZED?
Everyone is different. Some people say that their body feels like a lead weight, others say they feel as though they’re floating away. Most people will agree that it’s a lovely feeling because they are more relaxed than they have ever been before.
3. CAN I BE HYPNOTIZED AGAINST MY WILL?
No, anyone can resist and it won’t work. Hypnosis is cooperation between two people – your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if you want to go there or not.
4. WHEN I AM UNDER WILL I BE ASLEEP?
You will be aware of everything that is happening and being said the whole time, however you will be so deeply relaxed that you may find yourself drifting into different levels of awareness. Remember, your subconscious mind is active throughout and it is this that your therapist is working with.
5. WILL I GIVE AWAY ANY SECRETS WHILST I AM HYPNOTIZED?
No, you won’t say or do anything at all that you don’t want to. If you were given suggestions that you didn’t morally agree with you would come out of hypnosis.
6. WILL I REMEMBER EVERYTHING AFTERWARDS?
That depends how deep in hypnosis you are, but generally most people do remember everything or certain parts of the experience. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious, thinking mind after your hypnosis and these will be the thoughts that produce changes in your behaviour or way of thinking and feeling.
7. HOW DO I KNOW I WILL WAKE UP FROM HYPNOSIS?
No one has ever remained in hypnosis indefinitely. Even if something were to happen to the hypnotherapist halfway through the session, you would ‘come out’ of the trance state once rapport had been broken.
8. ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS FROM HYPNOSIS?
The only side effects are the beneficial ones of feeling more relaxed afterwards and feeling more positive about whatever it was you sought hypnotherapy for. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state.
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