Hypnosis is very similar to guided meditation or visualization. You will simply lean back in a comfortable chair, cozy and safe, and let the outside world drop away.
Some people naturally go into a deep state of relaxation while their mind wanders in and out of conscious awareness. Some would describe it as a state of altered awareness. Others stay more alert and focused on the words being spoken, while still feeling very relaxed. No matter what depth of relaxation or trance you experience, your subconscious mind is always listening!
You will always be in full control of your behaviour, no matter how deep you drop into hypnosis. You can shift to a more comfortable position, communicate verbally with me, or come out of hypnosis at anytime. You are always in full control.
Expect to feel calm, safe and relaxed! You will feel lighter, brighter and in a state of higher frequency by the end of the session.
During the first part of each session we will spend time getting very clear on what you want to create in your life. We have many tools to help with this process. Once you are clear, you will then state your desires and your goals in words that I can repeat back to you while you are in the relaxed state of hypnosis. While in that state, the suggestions I make and the words I am speaking (often your own words) bypass the critical mind and reach the subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind accepts those suggestions and then starts co-creating your desired life with you. It is in this way that we can update the programming of your subconscious mind.
While in hypnosis, the brainwaves may go into a theta state. This is the state that we experience right before falling asleep. We may also experience the theta state during a very relaxing massage, meditation or sound bath. It's in this state that positive suggestions can bypass the critical mind and be received by the subconscious.
Dr. Bruce Lipton has discovered in his research that most of our subconscious programming happens between the ages of 0-7, when children are in that theta state much of the time. Most people then spend the rest of their lives operating on outdated programming from childhood! He suggests that through hypnosis and repetition, we can update and reprogram our subconscious so that it will support us in living the lives we desire now!
This can vary but 4 sessions, done weekly, seems to be very effective for most issues.
In the first session, I will introduce you to how the mind works and how hypnosis works. Then, with your permission, you will be guided into a gentle hypnosis using a progressive relaxation. This session will give you a wonderful taste of hypnotherapy and prepare your subconscious for the next session. In this session you will also receive some wonderful tools that you can use for the rest of your life!
The 2nd session will build on the first and more time will be spent diving into knowing what you do want by exploring what you don't want. It will feel so good to get really clear on what you DO want in your life. Energy flows where thought goes. When we become conscious of our thoughts and use of language, our lives can change quickly and in the most amazing ways!
In the 3rd and 4th sessions we will continue to go deeper, and then really anchor in all the wisdom and learnings that you have received in these sessions.
After 4 sessions, you will have learned many tools that you can use moving forward to keep you on track to creating your truest, most beautiful life.
The biggest difference between the two is the intended outcome. With stage hypnosis, the ultimate goal is to entertain the audience, with no long-lasting change to the participant. Participants are ‘awakened’ at the end and any effects from the hypnosis usually end immediately.
With hypnotherapy, the long-term goal is almost always behaviour change, whether that is better relaxation, improved confidence, habit changing or any other personal goal that we can help a client achieve.
A stage hypnotist uses suggestibility testing in order to choose their volunteers and will choose only the most receptive people from the audience – usually those who most want to perform. There is an illusion that the hypnotist is controlling their volunteers, but in reality those people are choosing to following the instructions. If you have watched a stage hypnotist, you may be concerned that a clinical hypnotherapist will somehow make you do something you don’t want to do, but it's simply impossible to take control of someone else's mind.
The hypnotherapist does not take control, we simply make suggestions, which the mind is more receptive to when the brain is in a hypnotic state. If you don’t like a suggestion that you hear, you simply won't cooperate.
When in a hypnotic state you will not be able to do anything which goes against your personal values or beliefs – you are not asleep, but will be in a state of heightened awareness in which you are aware of everything that’s happening around you.
Absolutely not! Hypnosis requires cooperation between two people. Your therapist will make suggestions, showing you the way, and you get to decide to go there or not.
In order for hypnotherapy to be effective, the client has to WANT to make the changes. Hypnosis can not to be "done" to someone without them choosing to shift and change perspective. So when you are ready and excited about future possibilities, and ready to grow and expand into your best self, hypnosis is powerful.
During your sessions you will learn many tools to use in your everyday life moving forward, to keep you expanding in every aspect of your life. It is up to you how much you practice and how much you focus on your new ways of being. There may be things come up where you need some sessions again, on the same issue, or perhaps on something different. The effects of hypnosis are cumulative, so the more you practice with your tools, the more permanent the changes will be.