Individuals take varying amounts of time to experience the trance state but everyone gets there eventually. The best subjects have a vivid imagination and find relaxation easy. A real desire for change is a prerequisite for successful hypnosis.
Children love hypnosis and generally respond well.
Individuals with health problems such as psychoses, schizophrenia and epilepsy.
No. You only reveal what you want to reveal. Most sessions do not necessitate the individual saying anything while in trance.
It never happens – Clients recount a very pleasant, safe experience feeling deeply relaxed.
Impossible – You are in control at all times and may come round from the trance whenever you desire.
Do you ever go on a regular journey and forget passing a familiar landmark? Yes – that’s ‘Highway Hypnosis’.
Do you wake up just before your alarm goes off in the morning? That’s hypnosis programming your subconscious to expect the alarm to go off.
Are you sometimes so busy doing something that you fail to hear the doorbell ring? Yes – that is also a hypnotic experience.
Your muscles will feel relaxed and soft, breathing becomes slow and regular, and your eyelids may flutter. A general feeling of peace and security marks the hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is not sleep. You will be able to concentrate your mind on the therapist’s voice, while other sounds may become distant or ‘fuzzy’. It can be likened to a ‘pre-sleep’ state of consciousness similar to the state you enter every night before falling asleep.