So what can you expect during your visit? As a hypnotherapist, I will talk with you first to understand what behavior you would like to change, or what goals you are seeking to accomplish. Then you will sit in a comfortable recliner and I will ask you to close your eyes and relax. I will speak to you in a soft, soothing voice and guide you through a relazation exercise. As you become more relaxed, I will simply give you suggestions to help you reach the goals you desire. There are many techniques available to help you become relaxed and others to help attain the goals you have. You may feel wide awake and not feel anything “different.” Or, you may feel sleepy and very, very relaxed. You may visualize bright colors or vivid scenes in your mind. Your mind may wander and that’s fine, too. This process can anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour or more. However, in that very pleasant and relaxed state, the minutes pass very quickly. Depending on how relaxed you are able to become, you may or may not always be aware of the sound of my voice. I encourage you to daydream, and you do not have to concentrate on every word I am saying because I am not speaking to your conscious mind — I am speaking directly to the part of your mind that is most competent at helping you to change your behavior or improve in some area of your life. The session will be recorded and you will be given the recording to take home. You can listen to the recording at any time (except while in a moving vehicle) to reinforce the behavior modifications you have made.
So, what exactly IS hypnosis? Hypnosis is basically a relaxed, calm, peaceful state that allows you to become more receptive to helpful suggestions. You see, our minds function in four different brave wave patterns: Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta. The Beta state is when you are wide awake. In the Alpha state, you may still be quite awake, but you are receptive to suggestions. Children function most of the time in the Alpha state. Adults are in the Alpha state quite often, too. Theta is that dreamy state right between awake and asleep… that wonderful place you’re in right before you fall asleep at night, or just as you are waking up in the morning. Delta is deep sleep.
Hypnosis can help with insomnia, alleviate chronic problems such as sadness, worrying, pain, strengthen your immune system, improve digestion, memory and concentration, and help you reach your goals much more easily. It is used most commonly for the elimination of bad habits such as smoking, overeating, procrastination, nail biting, nervous habits, shyness, anger, stuttering and twitching. People seeking self-improvement often go to a hypnotist to gain self-confidence, improve self-esteem, gain energy and motivation, salesmanship, study skills, creativity, sexual enjoyment, positive attitude, assertiveness, and sports performance. Hypnosis has also proven effective to remove fears such as fear of flying, water, public speaking, claustrophobia, anxiety attacks, animals, dentists, and fear of failure. It is a wonderful help with many types of pain as well, including tension headaches and migraines, arthritis, back aches, and childbirth. Even children are helped with hypnosis for bedwetting, studying, test-taking, and other issues. The list of things hypnosis can do just goes on and on!
Did you know that you are often in a state of hypnosis while watching television, driving, staring at the flames in your fireplace, or daydreaming? Advertisers know this and take advantage of it in millions of television and radio ads. Most of us don’t realize that this is actually a form of hypnosis, and that a good part of our day, we are walking around in what is known as a “hypnogogic state.”
Movies often portray the helpless heroine walking around like a zombie or collapsing unconscious into the arms of the evil villain who has hypnotized her. You may have been to a comedy club or party where a stage hypnotist worked with a group of people who subsequently became engaged in hilarious antics in front of a big crowd. So how DOES hypnotism work? Can a hypnotist control you? The answer is no. Hypnosis is not a truth serum and cannot make you do something you don’t want to do or say something you don’t want to say. You are always in control. A hypnotist cannot hypnotize you against your will. A lot of hypnosis involves cooperation. People often ask if it is more difficult for very intelligent or strong-willed people to be hypnotized. Anyone can be hypnotized. Some people are naturals at receiving the benefits of hypnosis and are more easily hypnotized than others. Can a person get “stuck” under hypnosis? Again, the answer is no. Did you know that hypnosis is used by the police to help witnesses and victims better remember the details of events? Hypnosis is also used by some members of the medical and dental community for pain relief, anesthesia, and rapid healing.
Hypnosis can be very effective to help you stop smoking, lose weight, gain confidence, relieve stress, do better on tests, improve your sports game and other changes you’d like to make in your life!