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What does being hypnotized feel like?

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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is meditation with a purpose. Through relaxation, with fixed attention and suggestion, an altered state is created. We call this a trance state. While a person is under trance various physical, psychological and behavioral problems can be changed to reflect the desires of the hypnotized individual. One needs to believe in the process, have enough desire to create the results wanted, and trust in the hypnotist.

Why does hypnosis work?

The conscious mind, the part of the mind that allows us to be aware of where we are and what we are doing, accounts for only about 10% of our minds ability. The subconscious mind allows all the required physical functions like breathing and blood flow to occur. It also contains our emotions, memories, habits, and belief systems. This part of our minds is unable to tell the difference between right and wrong and is incapable of reason. However this is the part of the brain that we can “program” to make the changes we want by replacing negative thoughts or habits with positive thoughts and habits.

What will I feel like when I am hypnotized?

Because relaxation is the way into the subconscious you will feel very relaxed. In fact a half an hour of trance state is equivalent to approximately three hours of normal sleep. Some people will feel warmer or cooler. Sometimes they will get tingly feelings in their body. Sometimes people will feel like they are floating or they may feel heavy. Our senses are heightened so that smells, sounds, etc. will be exaggerated. In fact time gets altered. It can feel either quicker or slower. Each time a person is hypnotized the sensations may differ.

Will I be in control?

All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The hypnotist is a facilitator. You decide if you are even going to go into a trance state. You decide how far into trance you want to go. You decide which suggestions with which you want to work. Your mind will not allow you to do anything that is not in keeping with who you are and your morals and values. As a safety mechanism mostly to help clients feel more at ease once inducted I will tell you what to expect, that you are self-hypnotizing yourself and that you will only do what is in your highest good and in line with your moral values.

Can I get out of hypnosis?

When you go to sleep do you wake up? Of course you do. Hypnosis is really a slowing of your brain waves to a point where you can accept suggestions. Hypnosis is the same level of being as you would be right before you go to sleep at night and right before you wake fully up in the morning. It is that hazy kind of feeling.

Will I be unconscious?

Most of the time when someone goes under hypnosis the first time they remember much of what happened. Then they usually ask if they were even hypnotized. Whether you remember what has been said during the session or not you will still benefit from the session. The hypnotist should always explain what is going to happen, what the goals of the session are and how that will be accomplished. When you return from trance state a post-hypnotic session should take place where you are told everything that was done so that your conscious and unconscious are congruent.

How long do the effects last?

Hypnosis last as long as you the subject want them to last. Remember you are the one who is in control so it is up to you to decide that the effects will last for the rest of your life. The hypnotist has no control because the hypnotist is not controlling the session, you are.

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