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F.A.Q.

Q. What is hypnosis?


Hypnosis is simply a calm and relaxed state of mind. When we are consciously awake, our brains are filtering and processing what we experience through our five senses. This filtering action is driven by many attitudes and patterns of thinking which are in our sub-conscious. In hypnosis this filtering action is suspended and we are able to easily access our sub-conscious.

Q. Will I lose control of my own will when in hypnosis?


Hypnosis is not brain washing or forced indoctrination. Those methods work to break down your resistance to a group’s values.


A hypnotherapist works with you by giving you positive suggestions when you are calm, relaxed and in a focused state of mind. These suggestions are always aligned with your highest values as a human being, such as compassion and  forgiveness. These suggestions may give you strength and courage. You are always able to reject the suggestion if you feel it is wrong.

 

Q. How do I get hypnotized?


A hypnotherapist will use various techniques like deep breathing or imagery to bring you into a deep relaxed, calm and focused state of mind, where you are able to access your memories and past experiences to uncover the source of your problems.

Q. Are there any adverse side effects?


Hypnosis has no known adverse side effects. In fact you will most likely feel rested and calm after a session with a hypnotherapist.

Q. Is there any danger using hypnosis?


There is far less danger, if at all, with hypnosis than with other therapies. A psychotherapist may prescribe medical drugs with adverse side effects, but hypnotherapy is completely natural and safe because it uses your relaxation response, and in so doing, produces the body’s own natural anti-stress chemicals.

Q. Why has hypnosis not been used so widely?


For a long time hypnosis has been part of the tools that medical doctors and psychologists use to assist their patients. Public education has not kept pace with the changes and advances in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. The mass media, entertainment and education bodies have not raised enough public awareness of how hypnosis is applied beneficially today in the 21st century. Even then sometimes that education can be distorted.


The fact is hypnosis is already used widely. Doctors and dentists have used hypnosis for their patients during and after surgery to help them overcome and manage the associated post-trauma pain. Chronic pain sufferers have controlled their pain through hypnosis. Psychologists have been using hypnosis heavily in assisting patients with some of their complexes. Hypnotherapists utilise only hypnosis as the main therapy tool to help people resolve their issues.

Q. I’ve heard of people getting stuck in hypnosis. Is this true?


Where did you hear this one? This is just not true. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis because you are fully aware of your surroundings. You are just not analysing or filtering. You will only stay in hypnosis until you feel you want to come out or you are guided out. No one has ever been on record as wanting to stay in hypnosis forever.

Q. What is hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is the application of the techniques of hypnosis in co-operation between a therapist (the hypnotherapist) and a person (the client) with the goal of resolving sub-conscious mental or emotional issues that the client has difficulty coping with. Hypnotherapy sessions are pre-arranged periods of time, usually lasting about an hour, when the Hypnotherapist and the client come together to work on those issues.

Q. Have athletes and sports professionals really used hypnosis?


Olympic athletes have used hypnosis to achieve some excellent results. Our bodies are capable of great physical feats in times of great stress. However, to call on all our strength everytime we want to win a race is physically not healthy. We would just collapse and die from exhaustion.


Hypnosis is a technique to safely tap into a portion of that super-human strength. Through hypnosis we can program our sub-conscious to summon the strength when we need it. A hypnotherapist will be able to teach you the techniques to tap into your physical potential.

Q. Can hypnosis help me with my memory?


When we are in a state of stress we are unable to recall details of past things or events. This also applies to objects. The sub-conscious takes in and stores everything we experience – voices, words, sights, smells, tastes. In a state of hypnosis we are calm and relaxed, so we can easily access our sub-conscious and recall what we need to. This takes some practice, so a hypnotherapist can teach you the techniques which you can use to quickly and effectively remember things.

Q. Will I be able to stop bad habits like smoking?


Smoking is an ideal candidate for hypnotherapy. Results will vary among individuals, but if you follow a program that you and your hypnotherapist work out together, in time you will be able to quit smoking effectively.

Q. I have unhealthy eating habits but I can’t seem to stop. Can hypnotherapy help me?


Unhealthy eating habits are an external symptom of deeper emotional issues. A hypnotherapist will help you access your sub-conscious, which is where your real problem is. The source of your real problem will become clear to you, and you will be better able to deal with it and resolve it. You will then be able to program the healthier eating habits you desire.

Q. I need a way to handle my stress. How can I use hypnosis?


Hypnosis is a safe and effective way to counter stress in your daily life. When you are in hypnosis you are calm and relaxed. You cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time. The human body is just not designed for that. You can use self-hypnosis techniques to counter stress. You can learn them from any hypnotherapist or you can buy any of the numerous commercial audio recordings on the Internet.

Q. I am afraid of speaking in public. Can hypnotherapy help me?


Many people have overcome their fear of public speaking through hypnotherapy. Talk to a hypnotherapist about your fears, and she will be able to help you overcome them and build your self-confidence.

Q. How successful is hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapists have reported various rates of success from 60% to 95% within 6 sessions*. However, to achieve success the client should realise that she has to do her part and make the commitment to working with the hypnotherapist to resolve the issue. The hypnotherapist will be able to judge whether the client can continue without anymore therapy.The success also depends on the hypnotherapist’s experience. Always pre-qualify the hypnotherapist you will work with to resolve your issues.
* results can vary by individual

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