Questions You May Have About Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of focused attention resulting in an increased ability to accept suggestions. It’s a naturally occurring state of mind we cycle in and out of while awake. Everyone has already experienced hypnosis thousands of times whether they are aware of it or not. Normal, everyday hypnosis occurs when you are driving down the road and lose track of time, or when you are focusing on a book or television program and you don’t even notice something that is going on around you.

Is hypnosis safe?

Yes. Hypnosis is safe and you will be in control the whole time. Hypnosis has been approved by the British Medical Association in 1955 and the American Medical Association in 1958. The American Psychological Association approved hypnosis as a science in 1960. In actuality, hypnosis has been safely and effectively used by medical and psychological professionals for over 200 years.

What Does It Feel Like To Be Hypnotized?

Within a matter of minutes, the cares and concerns of the day leave you. Tense muscles relax and other positive physiological changes take place. Some clients report feeling “light and floaty,” while others says they feel like they’re “melting into the chair.” Others say they have no concept of their body whatsoever. Everybody’s experience is unique. It’s been said that being in hypnosis for even a few moments creates the feeling of having slept for hours. Yet, when you are in a hypnotic state, you are focused and your subconscious mind is very receptive to positive suggestions. You hear everything that is being said, and you respond to questions if they are asked. You are always in control of your responses and behaviors. Your ability to enter a hypnotic state increases with each session—and with the practice of self-hypnosis.

will I be asleep?

When you are in hypnosis you are not asleep. You will be very much aware of all that is going on. In actuality, in hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. Of course, if you are tired, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis. However, a simple suggestion to wake up would be given by me to rouse you.

Will I Tell Any Secrets Under Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You retain full control over what you say. Hypnosis cannot make you reveal your deepest darkest secrets. As your hypnocoach, I cannot make you talk about how you feel about something, unless you choose to.

I’m Worried About Being Out of Control. Can You Make Me Do Something Embarrassing?

As your hypnocoach, I cannot make you do anything you don’t want to, even if it’s good for you. Forget what you’ve seen in the movies and on TV, you are actually more in control of your mind & body during hypnosis than at any other time because your attention is focused. Hypnocoaching is very different from stage hypnosis, so you will not be asked to do anything that is foolish or useless.

I’m Afraid I Can’t be Hypnotized

Anyone with average intelligence who can follow simple instructions can be hypnotized if they choose to do so. Hypnosis cannot be done against a person’s will.

What If I Can’t Come Out of Hypnosis?

It is impossible to get “stuck” in hypnosis. You are awake, aware, and in control the whole time.

Melinda P. Neisser, MS, CDCP,CH
Founder - Path Seekers Life Coaching & Hypnosis

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