Is hypnosis safe?
Here at The Hypnosis Clinic, it’s the question we are asked more than any other. And the answer is a resounding ‘Yes!’
However, there’s a caveat with that. Like any powerful tool, it is only safe in the hands of a trained professional.
What will I learn in this blog?
• That hypnosis is a safe way to access your inner self
• In these trance-like states we are more open to suggestion
• That the suggestions we give ourselves can be powerful
• How hypnosis could help you to make changes in your life
Will I be out of control?
Absolutely not! Modern clinical hypnotherapy is very different to what you have have seen on stage or TV. You are always in control.
No matter what you may have seen on TV, you can’t be hypnotised against your will. Hypnosis requires cooperation between two people – your therapist will show you the way and you can choose if you want to go there or not.
It’s quite OK to be sceptical – I certainly was for my first session 25 years ago, and it didn’t make any difference to the effectiveness of the hypnosis, In face, analytical people often make great subjects.
How safe is it really?
A lot of people ask ‘Is hypnotherapy safe?’. The routines we use are the safest in the world. You enter hypnosis via a deep relaxation technique and your exit is safe and controlled at all times.
Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness during which our subconscious mind is more open and receptive to suggestions that are given. We drift in and out of different levels of awareness many times a day, absorbing information on a subliminal level as well as a conscious one. Your hypnotherapist will work with your subconscious mind to help you to achieve your goals.
You are in charge. You cannot be made to do anything you don’t wish to and you can’t be taken into hypnosis against your will. It is your experience, you are in control.
As long as you wish to enter hypnosis, you will. It’s an easy, enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing experience. You are aware of what is happening and where you are.
You can only be encouraged to do what you want to do. Hypnosis works with your will and not against it.
In fact, you already know what hypnosis feels like, because you have experienced natural hypnotic states throughout your life, when watching TV, daydreaming or driving for example. These are pleasant, dreamlike states when we drift off.
The Safe, Intentional Hypnosis we use during your sessions, is entering these same, natural states deliberately and with awareness.
It is a systematic method that allows you to enter a safe, trance-like state, in which one can communicate directly with the subconscious and issue safe instructions or “suggestions”.
Will I be asleep?
No. You are fully awake and alert, aware of everything that is happening throughout the session. In fact, you may find that you’re even more alert and focussed in hypnosis.
Generally most people remember either everything or certain parts of the experience. You will find that suggestions which have been given to you in hypnosis will resurface in your conscious, thinking mind after your hypnosis session and these will be the thoughts that produce changes in your behaviour or your way of thinking and feeling.
Hypnosis is a heightened learning state where the body is deeply relaxed and the mind is alert. On occasion, a person may drift into sleep, but this is not the goal of the session. It is the hypnotherapists’ job to make sure the client maintains a relaxed awareness during the session, and remains awake.
Although the mind may drift, you should still be able to hear everything that is being said to you during the session.
There are no hypnosis side effects, other than a feeling of being calm, relaxed and wonderfully well rested.
What if I can’t be hypnotised?
Everyone can be hypnotised. It’s important to remember hypnosis is a willing state. You cannot be hypnotised against your will, and working with a hypnotherapist is a co-creative process. The most common reason for failure to induce a hypnotic state is a lack of rapport with a hypnotherapist, or working with someone without proper training.
Always check into the education and background of a new hypnotherapist before committing to a session, and choose to continue working with someone with whom you feel a sense of trust and rapport. Working with a hypnotherapy expert you can trust is essential to getting the results you want.
What can I do with hypnosis?
The list of potential applications is only really limited by your imagination – these are some of the popular things hypnotherapists deal with every day:
• Become a non-smoker
• Reduce your weight
• Resolve anxiety and beat stress
• Build strong, happy relationships
• Speak confidently in public
• Enjoy flying
• Experience happy, natural childbirth
• Let go of phobias
• Improve your memory and pass examinations
• Enjoy better quality sleep
• Increase motivation and fitness
• Have healthier sexual relationships
• Overcome addictions Improve your self-esteem and confidence
• Employ rapid healing.
So – maybe it’s easier to tell you what you can’t do!
• Forget a person, time or event
• Make someone else do what you want them to
• Change anything like eye colour or other hereditary conditions
• Live forever (sorry)
Of course, these lists aren’t exhaustive, but you get the picture. We offer a range of hypnotherapy courses that will enable you to achieve your ambitions.
What did I learn here?
That hypnosis is perfectly safe when used by a trained professional.
If you’d like to find out more about how hypnosis can help you to make changes in your life, have a look at our website.
We offer a free initial consultation, either by a Telehealth video link or at our clinic in Novena Medical Centre. Or call us personally for a chat on 6397 6073.