We have seen hypnotists portrayed in films, as they swing gold pocket watches and whisper,"You're getting sleepy. Very sleepy." Regardless of the fact that it can appear a little frightening, or like some kind of magic, the manner hypnosis works is really very scientific. "People are induced into a relaxation state, or alpha brain wave activity," Edie Raether, MS, CSP, a hypnotherapist and behavioural psychology specialist, comments. "It is a meditative state where the client is more open and receptive due to being relaxed."
Once in the relaxed state, the hypnotherapist can start to work with the patient whatever it is they want to improve. "There are two types of hypnosis: suggestive and exploratory, which is very effective for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)," Raether states. "Unconscious and buried experiences rise to the surface and are expelled, allowing people to experience immediate healing."
It works because the underlying problems are identified, then addressed. As Raether states,"In the right hands, with a reputable, experienced therapist, it truly is the most economical and effective way to change any behavior, including academic and sports performance." Here are a few more interesting things that can happen during a hypnotherapy session, according to specialists.
1 Your Consciousness Will Be Altered
Hypnosis can make it look like someone is "out of it" or asleep, when in fact their consciousness is only altered the exact same manner it may be if they were zoning out or daydreaming.
"Hypnosis is a dissociative process; an altered state of consciousness," hypnotherapist Darlene Corbett states. "What happens in the brain occurs as it does during a daydream."
Once a person enters this relaxed, dreamy condition, the hypnotherapist can start to tackle their underlying issues. "Hypnosis is focused attention," Corbett says. "Because of its ability to focus, one can tap into so many areas of empowerment they do not realize they have."
2 You Technically Hypnotize Yourself
Though it can look like the hypnotherapist is doing all the job or "making" somebody become hypnotized, it is in fact the individual who's allowing themselves to relax.
In fact,"all hypnosis is'self hypnosis,'" Anthony Gitch, RHT, of Excel Hypnosis, comments. "It is not something that is done to you. It is a balanced dance with the therapist following where the subconscious mind leads, and then leading the subconscious mind towards profound internal insights." Pretty cool, right?
3 You Could Feel Really Heavy Or Really Light
There's no "right" way to feel during hypnosis. Either"hypnosis doesn't feel like anything, or you may feel really heavy, or you may feel really light," states Gitch. "It really doesn't matter, because it is your experience and you will experience exactly what you need to experience."
4 You Are Being"Mind Controlled"
One thing which may come as a relief for folks who want to try hypnosis is that it could be a strange experience, but it is unquestionably not mind control. As Gitch states, "A hypnotist cannot make someone do something against their will." You're still you, and consequently in full control of your faculties.
5 You May Experience Changes In Just One Session
Despite popular belief, you can not get stuck in hypnosis, or stay slightly hypnotized after departing your session. "Although you may wish you could once you experience it," Gitch states, because a lot of people find the experience relaxing and soothing.
It's possible, however, experience observable changes as soon as you leave. As Raether states,"85 percent of the people I see for smoking quit after one session." But that level of success only works for those that let it work.
"If people are just hanging in there and need to hold onto their defenses to cope and function, then it is not wise" to test hypnotherapy, Raether states. "If people are emotionally fragile, I would not do exploratory hypnosis and bring more up, which may be more than they can deal with." Rather, Raether says she would aid a customer develop their confidence and resilience, before trying to hypnosis. This way, they will be able to manage anything it dredges up.
6 You May Relive A Traumatic Experience
Based on what you are visiting a hypnotherapist for, you may want to brace yourself for an onslaught of unpleasant memories and feelings. As Gitch states,"Some hypnotherapists are trained to illicit abreactions, which are the expression and consequent release of a previously repressed emotion, achieved through reliving the experience that caused it."
Let us say, during hypnosis, you need to forgive someone who hurt you in the past. "During forgiveness work, clients are instructed to be' the offender," Gitch states. "This can be unnerving when the clients face and change as they become the person who hurt them." It may be upsetting at first, but it is all part of the procedure.
7 You Might Feel Triggered
"Many of our bad habits, phobias, or negative preconceptions are triggered by our automatic, unconscious thoughts," hypnotherapist Grace Smith says. "A smoker experiences automatic cravings, which trigger the conscious mind to reach for a cigarette."
All that may come up in treatment. Nonetheless, it is a good thing. As Smith states,"Through hypnosis, the smoker can reframe these unconscious urges. First, would examine why these automatic thoughts were there to begin with. And then, the smoker could begin to delete, update, or replace them with more positive associations. In other words, the positive thoughts get pushed to the front of the unconscious and they drown out the old way of the thinking. Thatâ$™s why hypnosis works. It helps you get to the root cause of your habit or fixation."
8 You Can Reprogram Yourself
As clinical hypnotherapist Traci Blank, FIBH, CMS-CHt, CPC states there are 3 parts of the mind: the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious. And in between the subconscious and the superconscious is the "critical factor."
"During hypnosis, we open the critical factor to access the subconscious," Blank says. "So hypnotherapy is really just the process through which we access the subconscious mind to uncover the beliefs that exist there and alter the programming to better match your goals. I always tell my clients itâ$™s knowing how the mind works then using that knowledge to make the mind work for you."
9 You Need to Want It To Work
Again, nobody could be hypnotized against their will. These tips and moments of reprogramming only work if a person wants it to. "Everyone has the ability to go into hypnosis but three things have to be in place to make it happen: desire, you have to want to go into hypnosis; belief, you have to believe you can go into hypnosis; and safety, you have to feel safe in the environment you are in and with the person leading you," Blank says. "When all these things are in place hypnosis can happen."
If hypnotherapy is something that you wish to try out , it might be worth your time. While nobody should expect to be"cured" in one session, going in with an open mind surely can help.