Hypnosis is a natural, normal state of mind that allows access to your unconscious mind. It releases the super concentrated power of your mind. It is a state of physical and mental relaxation (not sleep) that allows the unconscious mind to be more open to suggestions.
We become what we think about - consciously or unconsciously. That is the power of hypnosis.
Known to almost all cultures, both modern and ancient, Priests and witchdoctors have utilised it since early history. It is only in modern times that we have realised how powerful hypnosis can be in helping to resolve issues such as phobias, lack of confidence, psycho-sexual disorders, or changing habits (e.g. smoking, weight loss etc.) It can also help with stress or personal motivation. No amount of will power exerted by the conscious mind can override the unconscious mind for any extended period of time. The unconscious mind is like a computer that can be programmed, or reprogrammed, to change habits and attitudes to literally change your life.
The mind affects all functions of the body, which is one of the main reasons hypnosis works so well in pain management or phobia management. There is no surrender of mind or of control. A person who does not want to be hypnotised cannot be. Nor can they be induced to do or say anything, which violates personal standards of behaviour or integrity.
Hypnosis is not a truth serum.
Hypnosis is not brainwashing.
You do not lose consciousness or go to sleep.
You cannot be "trapped" in hypnosis.
You will not divulge secrets or private information.
You cannot be controlled or overpowered by the Hypnotherapist.
You will not do anything in hypnosis that is outside your moral code.
Hypnotherapy is using hypnosis as an effective tool in a therapeutic environment by directing the unconscious mind to create the reality you desire.
There are very few people who cannot be hypnotised, less than 5% of the population. Whilst a similar number of people can be hypnotised to a deep level in a very short space of time, some take a little while longer. Everyone else has the potential to use hypnosis to improve their lives in many ways if they wish.
While it might appear similar to sleep, hypnosis is not sleep or relaxation, but it does create a state of deep relaxation and heightened, focused awareness in which mental stress and physical tension are greatly reduced and the unconscious mind can accept suggestions for change. In hypnosis, the mind is more receptive to the process of change. The client and Hypnotherapist work together to achieve the goal of resolving the client's specific needs. Problems are resolved during hypnosis by receiving information from your unconscious mind, information that you may not recall on a conscious level. This information is preventing you from being in control of your life! Hypnosis enables you to reprogram negative reactions into positive actions. The process is comfortable, natural and your new positive actions will occur automatically!
Watch an NCH video of a typical client discussing their experience with hypnotherapy
What does it feel like to be hypnotised?
This differs for each individual. For some people there is very little difference between the hypnotic state and their normal waking state. For others, the sensation is that of been extremely calm and relaxed, just as you feel prior to falling asleep. Most people notice that their senses are more alert and aware, quite the opposite of what they had expected.
Hypnotherapy is not about a loss of control. It is dependent upon the client allowing their unconscious mind to work for them. If the Hypnotherapist's suggestions are acceptable and beneficial to the client then the unconscious mind will allow the suggestion to be acted upon effectively.