What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a medical practice that uses verbal guidance, repetition and induced states of deep relaxation in order to promote health and well being in a patient. Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for a number of life-disrupting issues, such as substance addiction, anxiety, and even anger problems. Bear in mind that hypnotherapy has nothing to do with stage-style hypnosis, which is simply a rehearsed act performed for the sake of entertainment, similar to a magic show. Hypnotherapy as a medical option was actually recognized as far back as 1958 by the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Psychological Association (APA) as a valid medical procedure.
What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?
Hypnosis is simply a deeper level of relaxation that allows your hypnotherapist to access and work with the issues that are holding back your progression in life. You will experience your session feeling relaxed, refreshed, and aware – you are always in control of your own mind and body, the therapist merely offers verbal guidance to assist you on that path to recovery.
Does Hypnosis Work for Everyone?
Anyone can work with a hypnotherapist to help solve their life problems. Naturally, the method and schedule of sessions that are used will depend on several factors, including individual personality and the problems the patient would like to target.
How Do I Prepare for a Session?
Your hypnotherapist will take care of everything you’ll need for your session, so you’ll be able to simply relax and focus on healing. It is, however, a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and accessories so that you won’t be distracted by things like chafing hemlines or sharp-edged bracelets.
Will I Know My Surroundings in a Session?
Absolutely. Hypnotherapy never takes free will, movement or perception away from a patient. You will be able to end the session earlier if you feel uncomfortable, and you’ll remember the important steps your hypnotherapist describes to you throughout your session.
Is Hypnotherapy Permanent?
Much like talk therapy, the benefit from a session comes from both the therapist’s technique and the patient’s willingness to take advice and implement solutions. Hypnotherapy is akin to training the brain, and, as with any muscle, frequent training really helps with maintenance.
Can Hypnotic Suggestions Be Reversed?
Thankfully, real hypnosis is not stage hypnosis – no one is made to act like chickens or made to repeat funny phrases. You will be aware of everything that happens in your hypnosis session, including hypnotic suggestions. This means that it’s impossible to be “trapped” by a hypnotic command that can’t be disobeyed – you always have control.
Will I Remember My Session?
After each session, you’ll be able to take the exercises, guidance and suggestions of your hypnotherapist mentally “with you” to consider until your next appointment – you’ll remember this experience because you are aware of it throughout the session. Hypnosis does not turn off or impair your ability to perceive, react or remember experiences; it simply helps you relax to get more out of them.