Hypnosis is a therapy that can be used for a number of health and well-being issues.
It helps to understand the truth behind it before you jump in with both feet (especially if you are a first timer!). Here we take a close look at the practice of hypnosis.
How can hypnosis be defined?
Generally speaking, hypnosis can be thought of as a relaxed and focused state of concentration. Many people believe that it is similar in nature to sleep. In reality it is quite different. The brain enters into a very specific state of being when it becomes open to suggestion. It is not an unusual or strange state of mind and many people feel very normal when they are in hypnosis while others feel like they are in a trance-like state.
Before trying out hypnosis you may wonder what it will feel like. Do not worry as you have nothing to be nervous about. Not everyone experiences hypnosis in exactly the same way and not everyone describes their experience in similar terms. Some people feel as if their body is lighter and they are floating on a cloud while others feel as if their body has gotten heavier.
One thing that most people who have hypnosis agree upon is that it makes them feel very good. The relaxation they feel is tremendous. Hypnosis quiets and calms the mind and soothes and relaxes the body.
The reason why hypnosis is often described as being just like sleep is because it mimics the feeling an individual has as they are just drifting off to sleep (referred to as the alpha state). The alpha state is a state that is dreamy, soothing and very pleasant. During this period of time the mind is open to having visualizations and by so doing a rich sensory experience. This is comparable to how hypnosis feels. The more an experience becomes real in the subconscious mind the more it will have an effect on your behavior when awake.
What you may not realize is that hypnosis is a state of mind that is quite normal and is one that most of us experience on a daily basis. When you are reading a book or watching a movie and become totally engrossed in it to the exclusion of other things in your surroundings then that is a form of hypnosis.
When you listen to music that captures a certain mood you can become hypnotized by it. If you lose track of time and place or if someone has to call out your name a few times then you are in hypnosis. There are many different examples of this from everyday life, and so anybody that thinks they cannot be hypnotized… you already have, but didn’t know it.
On the other hand most hypnotherapists will tell you if somebody comes to them believing they cannot be hypnotized then they’ll make a poor subject for the hypnotists to take on and help.
Continue onto part two of this series to learn more about the truth as it pertains to hypnosis.