People often expect to be totally 'out of it' or unconscious when they're in hypnosis. They often expect not to be aware of anything. That dramatic interpretation is great for movies and the stage! The hypnotic state is in fact a completely natural state which we experience every day.
The hypnotic state is like that drowsy state we're in just before waking up, or just before we fall asleep, i.e. when we're neither awake nor asleep. Hypnosis is a state of mind that allows access to your subconscious mind. It can unlock the super concentrated power of your mind. It is a state of physical and mental relaxation which allows the subconscious mind to be more open to suggestions. This deeply relaxed state (often referred to as a trance) is a state of heightened receptivity to positive suggestions. It is similar to the meditative state.
Hypnosis is an effective tool for transformation by directing the subconscious mind to create the reality you desire - that could refer to how we think, feel or behave in certain situations or with certain people. The subconscious mind is like a computer that can be programmed, or re-programmed, to change habits and attitudes to change your life. Sometimes those old software programs we're running in our minds isn't helping us anymore and it's time to uninstall and reinstall! No amount of will power exerted by the conscious mind can override the subconscious mind for an extended period of time. Your subconscious mind is always stronger than your conscious 'willpower'!
The mind affects all functions of the body. This is one of the key reasons hypnosis works so well in pain management or healing faster after an injury or surgery. Go to the 'Get rid of pain' hypnosis download page and see a client testimonial for expedited healing after a mastectomy. It's important to realise that you are always in control. Your hypnotherapist is merely a guide. A person who does not want to be hypnotised cannot be hypnotised.
Rest assured that under hypnosis, no-one can be induced to do or say anything which violates personal standards of behaviour or integrity. In essence, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
Hypnosis has a great many applications - check out some of them below - including losing weight. In fact, the University of Connecticut scientists analysed existing weight loss studies and found test subjects using hypnotherapy techniques lost 60% more weight than those using other strategies.
During your hypnosis session you will be pleasantly assisted and guided into a state of relaxation. Prior to this, clients are active participants in the process by helping to design the programming script (i.e. what the hypnotist will say) that would be most acceptable and beneficial to the clients' situation. Sessions are specific to what you personally want to think, feel, be or do in certain environments. Through creative metaphors and positive suggestions, the subconscious mind is directed to modify behaviour and attitudes for the better. You may be aware of what is being said to you as it's been said, though you may not consciously remember it all afterwards. Alternatively, you may drift off and be totally unaware of what's being said. Either way, changes will take place.
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