F.A.Q.

Hypnosis is possibly as old as mankind. The old myths and misconceptions about hypnosis have given way to proven, scientifically sound applications. Today the use of hypnosis is seen in a variety of fields including: medicine, law enforcement, dentistry, education and professional sports.

Modern hypnosis began in the mid 1800’s in Europe when some physicians used it for the reduction or elimination of pain for surgeries, childbirth, chronic diseases, and other medical procedures. It would often take weeks to prepare a patient for these procedures and with the advent of quick acting chemical anesthesia, hypnosis fell out of favor. In the 1950’s hypnosis began a serious comeback as scientific research proved its profound ability to affect our physiology and change behaviors.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can I be made to do something or reveal something I don’t want to?
A: No, with hypnosis you are in complete control at all times and unlike what you see on television, movies and with stage hypnosis – you cannot be made to say or do anything against your will. As a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, I adhere to the highest standards of ethics when working with you.

Q: Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
A: No, you would either fall asleep and wake up after a few minutes, or become alert and emerge any time you choose. It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis.

Q: Will I lose control?
A: No, it’s just the opposite. During hypnosis, people are aware of everything going on around them but because of the deep state of focused attention, they usually choose not to respond to stimulus unless they want to.

Q: How does hypnosis work?
A: Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. In the relaxed state of hypnosis, we are able to communicate directly with our unconscious minds. We are able to control many body functions once believed impossible to control like blood pressure, bleeding, heart rate stress and pain responses etc. The unconscious mind also controls our habits and behaviors–that is why it is so quick and easy to control lifetime behaviors with hypnosis.

Q: Is hypnosis safe?
A: Yes, research shows that hypnosis is safe. Many professors of medicine use hypnosis and physicians recommend hypnosis for their patients. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis – you just need a guide to get you there initially. There are no side effects to deep relaxation. You will simply feel very relaxed and refreshed.

Q: What does it feel like to be hypnotized?
A: My clients tell me they “they have never experienced such peace and relaxation.” Hypnosis feels wonderful – it is a very pleasant and relaxing state of mind combined with an increased focused awareness. Some people feel a relaxed heaviness, or a pleasant sense of calmness; others may feel like they’re floating. Your thoughts may wander. You may feel like you are daydreaming or meditating.

Q: Who can be hypnotized?
A: Anyone can be hypnotized as long as your IQ is over 70, you are not intoxicated and you can follow directions.

Q: How can hypnosis help me?
A: Hypnosis will help you by allowing you to reach a state where you end up making changes that may have previously seemed impossible. I help my clients get rid of self-limiting beliefs and behaviors. For medical-related issues, we address the functioning of the body to reduce or eliminate symptoms.

Q: What is hypnosis?
A: Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation which we are in and out of all day long. Have you ever been so busy thinking about something when you are driving and you forgot where you were going? You were experiencing a state of hypnosis. Have you ever been so engrossed in reading a book or watching TV, you didn’t hear someone talking to you from a few feet away? Can you recall the times you’ve been gazing into a fire or staring at the ebb and flow of the ocean waves? These are all examples of naturally occurring hypnosis.

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