If you ask the average person what first comes to mind when they hear the word hypnosis, the answers can be quite imaginative. For some, the image of a malevolent man with a magnificent mustache waving a pocket watch and telling you, “you’re getting very sleepy” comes to mind. For others, a hypnotist may be someone that wields magic powers and makes them to cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog.
What if I told you this could not be further from that truth?
Hypnosis is an extremely powerful way to improve a person’s life. For years, hypnosis has successfully helped people eliminate negative emotions and limiting beliefs, alleviated chronic pain, quit smoking after 50+ years, lose weight, aid women in child birth, and remove phobias…just to name a few things!
Please note: Hypnosis is recognized by the American Medical Association, however, for working with cases of chronic pain, or any other medical condition, we require our clients to obtain a signature of approval from their primary physician.
What Hypnosis is…
•An awake state
•A state of relaxation/relaxed state of mind
Hypnosis is NOT:
•A State of unconsciousness
•Being controlled by someone else, or losing self control
What does hypnosis feel like?
The simplest way to describe being hypnotized or being “in trance” would be to equate it to a day dream.
During hypnosis, you are allowing your body to relax and your mind to become quiet and focused. You’re essentially allowing your mind to go into what we call an adaptable or suggestible state. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and fantasy, fact or fiction.
That’s what allows us to watch a movie which is a total illusion and yet feel real emotions. During hypnosis you are allowing yourself to go into that state of unconscious where by hypnotic suggestions won’t be interrupted or edited by the critical part of your mind. So, if I say, “you know what, you are really starting to feel this overwhelming desire to eat properly and take very good care of yourself.”
Your critical mind may be used to saying, “NO, NO, NO!” However, under trance your conscious mind isn’t there to block this suggestion. Instead you will accept it and say, “ok, that sounds good, that’s what’s happening to me right now.” You will leave feeling and behaving differently than you did before, but in a positive way!
Hypnosis in our everyday lives:
Have you ever been driving on the highway and you get into a relaxed mode where everything seems to blend seamlessly into your vision? You may be lost in thought, but you can see what’s in front of you, to the side, and even behind you by noticing movement in your rearview mirror. Perhaps you may find that you’ve missed your exit a time or two while in this state! This is a form of light trance.
Have you ever read a good book? Think back to a time when you’re totally immersed in a great story. You’re so hooked on the words that you actually feel like you’re living the story and totally lose track of time. It doesn’t matter that it’s just ink on a page–it’s how you interpret the words that affect you!
Ask a basketball player what was going through their mind when they hit the game winning shot. They typically won’t be able to answer you, but will usually agree that they were in “the zone.” This “zone” is another word for trance.
Will I be in control?
Absolutely! Throughout the duration of the session YOU are the one in control. In fact, one of the prime directives of the unconscious mind is that it is a highly moral being. This means that a warning signal will sound in your head and you will block any suggestions that are not congruent with your values, beliefs, etc. An example of this can be found in many stage hypnosis shows. There’s always those few people who will follow almost any suggestion made by the hypnotist. While others will usually laugh and go back to their seats. Nine times out of ten, the ones that are willing to go the distance with suggestions are typically the wild people you see at parties wearing a lamp shade on their head!
Please note: The practitioner’s at QC Hypnosis abide by the guidelines and standards set by the International Board of Coaches and Practitioners and The National Guild of Hypnotists. All efforts are made to provide the best possible service to the client. Any suggestions made during the session will be positively stated and relevant to the client’s situation.