Frequently Asked Questions


What Is Hypnosis?
What Do I Feel During Hypnosis?
Do I Lose Control?
How Does Hypnosis Work?
What Can Hypnosis Do?
Where Is Hypnosis Used?
What Is Stage Hypnosis?
What Is Clinical Hypnosis?
What Is Self Hypnosis?
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
Who Is Hypnotizable?
Is Hypnosis Effective Only For A Certain Age Group?
Myths About Hypnosis
Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?
What Is Hypnosis?

  • An old Phenomenon

    Hypnosis is quite an old phenomenon and has been traced back to use by physicians in early Egypt. The concept of modern psychological hypnosis was first developed in 1843 by James Braid, a Scottish physician who coined the phrase "hypnosis" from the Greek term meaning "to sleep" because his clients looked as if they were sleeping while in a deep relaxed state. Prior to that, Dr. Anton Mesmer of Austria also used an earlier form of trance for healing called 'Mesmerism' in the 1700's.


  • Natural State

    Hypnosis is in fact a natural phenomenon of the human mind. We enter into different levels of "trance state" at different times each day. This can happen while watching TV or a movie, reading a book, even while driving (called "road trance"). During therapeutic hypnosis, the body and conscious mind remain in a very relaxed, neutral state while the subconscious mind becomes alert and receptive to suggestions. Sometimes the person in hypnosis appears to be sleeping. But it is not sleep at all.

  • Changes During Hypnosis

    Hypnosis is a state of inner absorption, concentration and focused attention in which measurable psychological and physical changes can take place, and, sensory capacities of the person increase. During hypnosis the brain waves slow down from BETA into ALPHA and even enter THETA during a deep trance state. It provides opportunity to the subconscious mind to communicate with the conscious mind. The inner potentials of the person become accessible, and they are used to bring about change joyfully through guided imagery and positive suggestions. It is used as an education communication process to the mind in which the conscious and subconscious mind accept the same message.

  • An Altered State Of Mind

    As per Dr. Milton Erickson, "Hypnosis is a particular altered state of selective thinking brought about in an individual by the use of a combination of relaxation, fixation of attention, and suggestion."

  • Magical Results, Not Magic

    Hypnosis is not magic, although it can be quite powerful, and the results are often amazing.
 
What Will I Feel During Hypnosis?
 
  • Pleasant and Relaxed

    Usually people in hypnosis report pleasant feelings of mental and physical relaxation, similar to those moments before we fall asleep at night. One may feel quite mellow, and may feel light (or weightless), or very heavy as if sinking into the chair. Sometimes in a deep state, the feeling may be euphoric for some, or like being intoxicated without the side effects.

    Deep hypnosis is similar in many ways to the kind of profound trance found in yoga or meditation.
    Certain abilities are enhanced during the hypnotic trance such as, ability to imagine, ability to remember, responsiveness to suggestions, creativity, etc.


  • Calm and Drifting

    The person often is able to "let go" of the cares and concerns of the day and feel calm and peaceful, as tense muscles relax and other positive physiological changes take place. The ECG results indicate that the brain of the person in hypnosis functions between being awake and being asleep. Hypnosis is more of a drifting state. The person can hear, feel, see and talk unless suggested contrary. The amnesia phenomenon in Hypnotherapy is done only for the benefit and well being of the client, that too, upon completing a special form of amnesia procedure.

Will I Be Under The Control Of The Hypnotherapist?

  • Awareness Enhances

    This is actually a myth that the person loses control in hypnotic trance. While in hypnosis, the person has greater awareness and retains all their power and ability to select what to say or to do. A person cannot be made to do anything in a hypnotic state that is not acceptable in the normal awake state. In fact, "All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, the Hypnotherapist is simply the guide or facilitator."

  • Adheres To Values And Beliefs

    The hypnotized person will not follow a suggestion in contradiction to their core values and beliefs. The person must agree to anything that is suggested in order for that thing to become true. The Hypnotherapist controls and directs the therapeutic process only.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
 
  • At The Subconscious Level

    Every human being has latent talent to reprogram emotions, attitudes and reactions. Hypnosis is used to assist in changing life-long patterns that the conscious mind is unable to change. Hypnotic suggestions focus on the subconscious part of the mind that accepts them as a new reality as long as the suggestions are framed within the person's belief system, ethical and moral standards.

  • Access The Subconscious Thru The Conscious Mind

    During the hypnotic trance the conscious mind opens a doorway to the subconscious, which allows it to consider and accept new neurological connections, patterns of behaviour and thought by using hypnotic suggestions and guided imagery. Trance in hypnosis denotes deeply relaxed state of body and mind.

  • Use Educative/Therapeutic Processes

    In a therapeutic hypnosis trance, it is easier to work on issues that are not controlled by the conscious mind. For example, pain management is not done consciously. You cannot possibly tell your body to stop hurting. However, with the hypnotic trance and some specific and proven suggestions, you can. 
 
What Can Hypnosis Do?

  • Mind A Creator And A Healer

    Hypnosis can help with anything in which the mind has an influence assuming that the mind has power and ability to heal whatever it creates. It is now universally accepted that most of the diseases and behavioural disorders are psychosomatic in nature.
    Hypnosis unites body, mind and spirit to make effective results.

  • Wide Scope

    Hypnosis is used effectively around the globe to induce desired positive changes in human behaviour, such as, self-development, entertainment (demonstration/stage shows), behaviour correction and clinical purposes covering a large number of issues, namely, Habit Correction (study habit, nail biting, thumb sucking, bed wetting, smoking etc.), Physical & Mental Health (weight control, mental hygiene, aggression management), Performance Enhancement (sports, stage, studies, sales), Anxiety Management, Confidence Building, Foreign Energy Management, Regression, Marital Issues (interpersonal relationship, adjustment issues, sexual dysfunction, frigidity), Pain Management, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour, Depression, Clinical Healing, Respiratory Congestion, Phobias, Amnesia, Insomnia, etc…

  • Positive Developments

    Hypnosis creates a sense of harmony and phenomenal peace within the individual so that the current challenge or goal can be met and dealt with in a positive manner.


  • Entertainment & Clinical Purposes

    Hypnosis is usually depicted in stories, movies and TV serials, in a very negative manner. During the last few decades, hypnosis has started winning the deserved respect with the medical profession, especially due to its proven role in healing the body and mind. Many hospitals and medical practitioners use hypnosis for anesthesia for certain cases. It has proved of value in surgery and dentistry, and in the wider sphere of pain management and in the areas of both sport and artistic performance enhancement.


  • Potential Exploration

    Hypnosis is used for subconscious exploration as well, to better understand underlying motivations or identify whether past events or experiences are associated with causing a problem.

  • Age Regression and Past Life Regression

    Age regression is done to find traces/roots of a certain behaviour in the present life while past life regression is done to help subjects overcome localized pain, phobia and other issues not having any causation in the present life.

  • Spirituality

    Hypnosis can be used in transpersonal exploration. People use it to take information from their spirit guides, masters, angels and also to manage foreign entities (spirit release) effectively.
 
Where Is Hypnosis Used?
 
  • Hypnosis Is A Common Thread In Many Therapeutic Protocols

    Hypnosis is used in almost all Therapeutic Protocols in one form or the other. However, Counselling, Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression Therapy, Foreign Entity Healing (Spirit Release), Spiritual Healing, Parts Mediation Therapy, Stage Shows, Self Hypnosis, Hypno-anaesthesia/Pain Management and Hypno-birthing are among numerous means of using Hypnosis for different purposes. Hypnosis can be effectively used in Massage Therapy, Healing Touch, Reiki and other Alternative Medical Protocols.
 
What Is Stage Hypnosis?

  • Entertainment of the Audience

    Stage Hypnosis is part of entertainment business. In fact, most people know hypnosis because of stage hypnosis only. Some people consider it magic only because of stage hypnosis shows. The hypnotist invites volunteers willing to have fun and enjoy being in the limelight. They are directed to say and do things, in hypnosis, which appear funny and entertaining to the audience. In the process they do enjoy the chance to be part of the entertainment.

  • Satisfaction to the Volunteers

    Stage hypnosis provides opportunity to the willing participants to relax and act as per instructions/suggestions given to them. They perform different activities, such as, jump like monkey, crawl like a snake and bark like a dog only because they "want" to be a part of the show and to entertain the audience. The purpose is entertainment for the participants and audience.

    However, at no time should we confuse the difference between Stage Hypnosis and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

  • Income Generation for the Hypnotist

  • Stage hypnosis is a good income generation activity for the hypnotist as it produces effects that are possible for everyone to experience. However, while some stage hypnotists do good work, others generate misconceptions about the nature of hypnotic trance, which may lead to unfounded fears about hypnosis.
 
What Is Clinical Hypnosis?
 
  • Therapeutic Activity

    Clinical hypnosis is usually practiced in one-to-one sessions, in a clinical setting, such as, an office, a hospital, a clinic or a home clinic. It is the serious use of the science of hypnosis for enhancement of the quality of life of people.

  • Hypnotherapy Vs. Clinical Hypnotherapy Vs. Counselling-Hypnotherapy

    Hypnotherapists use techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with general behavioural issues such as: Smoking Cessation, Self-Confidence, Stress Management, Regression etc.

    Clinical Hypnotherapists are trained in the use of more advanced techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with medical/behaviour issues such as: Pain Management, Addictions, Eating Disorders and Weight Management, etc.

    Clinical Counselling-Hypnotherapists are trained in further advanced techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients deal with psychological disorders.

  • Different Therapeutic Processes

  • Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis, techniques and protocols for the purpose of assisting clients to understand their issues and concerns in order to enhance self-growth and personal effectiveness. The Hypnotherapist facilitates physical, emotional and/or mental health in individuals who fail to respond to other therapeutic interventions. Hypnotherapy focuses on the causes and effects of symptoms, unravels the causal mysteries of physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms to reduce and/or eliminate them. Hypnotic applications and protocols can be used to heal, improve general health, reduce and manage pain, and change patterns of behaviours and habits. In most cases, the client is helped in establishing new positive behaviours, releasing undesirable behaviours and gaining new insights.

  • Complementary To Other Medical Services


  • Hypnotherapy is a complementary approach to other medical services where a Hypnotherapist facilitates the hypnotic process. All Hypnotherapy protocols use hypnosis but not all hypnosis is used in Hypnotherapy. Mastering the art of hypnosis does not necessarily mean mastering Clinical Hypnotherapy/Counselling-Hypnotherapy.

  • Positive Approach

    In the Hypnotherapy session, the client is guided into trance and suggestions are given for a specific desired outcome using different therapeutic methods. In clinical hypnosis, the clients are never asked to do anything embarrassing or against their morals and values.
 
What Is Self Hypnosis?

  • Self-Guided Process

    Self hypnosis is the process of guiding oneself into the hypnotic trance without the facilitation of any other hypnotist. Actually hypnosis happens only when the individual allows oneself to become relaxed while receiving the desired suggestions. When a person receives positive suggestions, it is because the individual allows the suggestions to be received. The hypnotist uses various techniques to permit the person to relax and to explore the subconscious mind to program for beneficial change and improvement in different aspects of life. Each client is always taught self-hypnosis to use on a fixed periodicity basis for sustainable changes and developments.
 
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
 
  • No Direct or Indirect Side Effects

  • Hypnosis does not have any side effects or any other kind of direct or indirect danger for the client. However, like any other disciplines, personal disappointments may arise because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived notions. The technique as such has not been reported causing any harm. Like any other knowledge or skill, the unwise use of hypnosis may not be as effective as desired. Hypnosis is safe, harmless and very effective. Hypnotherapists focus on the results and not the problem.
 
Who Is Hypnotizable?

  • Willingness is Key

    Any person can be hypnotized if the person is willing to be hypnotized. However, some mental disorders make hypnosis ineffectual. Also, some people may take a little longer than others to enter into the hypnotic state. The depth of hypnosis depends upon the person's ability to respond. Hypnosis can even enhance receptivity to hypnosis of the person with practice. It is a wrong notion that the people with weak willpower respond easily to hypnosis. In fact the contrary is true. The fact is that the person must be willing to let go. Anyone who can relax and follow simple instructions can experience hypnotic trance.
 
Is Hypnosis Effective Only For A Certain Age Group?
 
  • Works in all Age Categories

    Age is not a barrier for hypnosis. The client of any age group can be hypnotized effectively, the only requirement is that the client should be able to understand what is said and also follow directions accordingly. Children tend to be more open to hypnosis than adults. There are certain hypnotic techniques for certain age groups.
 
Myths About Hypnosis

  • People Lose Control and Surrender their Will.

    Not at all, it is just like a dreamy state with purpose - yet, the person is awake. Hypnosis is not something imposed on people, but something they do for themselves. Simply put: All Hypnosis is Self Hypnosis, you are in control.

  • Hypnosis is just for Entertainment.

    Entertainment, usually associated with Stage Hypnosis, is just a fraction of the uses of hypnosis. It has more serious clinical and counselling implications.

  • People Forget Everything.

    It is untrue that people have amnesia after the hypnotic trance. The majority of people remember most of the things that occur while in hypnosis. Some forgetting is possible depending upon the depth of the trance. However, the hypnotist may also suggest to not remember specific details as a part of the therapy.  

  • Person May Get Stuck In Hypnosis Forever.

    Nobody can get stuck in hypnosis. When a person is left in trance, then that person will either develop natural sleep and wake up after awhile or come out of the trance automatically after a few minutes. Remember, hypnosis is a natural state of the human mind.

  • Hypnotists Can Make You Do Things Against Your Will

    This is incorrect because the hypnotist is not a master, but a guide or facilitator, and does not have any special powers or magic to force the client to do any activity against her/his will, morals or standards.

  • Anyone can be Hypnotized Any Time.

    No, only the person willing to be hypnotized can be hypnotized. Also, some people with certain mental or neurological conditions cannot be hypnotized. However, most people can be hypnotized if they want to be.

  • Only Weak-Minded People Can Be Hypnotized.

    It is willingness that matters and not weak-mindedness or strong-mindedness for hypnosis.

  • Results Are Only Temporary.

    Some people think that the affectivity of hypnosis ends with the termination of hypnotic trance. This is false. Rather post-hypnotic suggestions are given to make the results sustainable.  A survey of psychotherapy literature by noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D. revealed the following recovery rates:

Psychoanalysis     : 38% recovery after 600 sessions
Behavior Therapy : 72% recovery after 22 sessions
Hypnotherapy       : 93% recovery after 6 sessions

Source: American Health Magazine

  • Deep Trance Is Necessary For The Desired Results.

    Depending on the issue or behavioural change required, light to moderate trance levels are often all that is required. Deep trance is used for Pain Management during surgery or for dental work.

  • Hypnosis Can Heal Everything.

    No doubt hypnosis can be effective in a wide area of medical/behavioural issues although it is not a panacea to all diseases and problems. Hypnosis is a powerful, natural tool to help improve one's quality of life in many ways although within its limitations. It supplements most other systems of medication and therapy.

  • Hypnosis Involves Risk.

    Hypnosis is safe and natural. It does not have any direct or indirect risk or side effects.

  • Hypnosis Is Magic or Supernatural.

  • Hypnosis is highly scientific. However, its fast results sometimes make people consider it as magic. In any case, it is not at all magic or supernatural.

  • Only Certain Types Of People Can Learn Hypnosis.

    Any person with average mental abilities can learn and use hypnosis if the person has interest for it. It is a scientific skill that improves with practice. In fact practice sharpens all types of skills.   
 
Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?
 
Hypnotism is officially recognised by Medical Associations in the USA, UK and Canada as effective therapy for some illness under the guidance of properly trained medical and dental practitioners


Medical Disclaimer
 
Hypnosis is effective in a large number of issues and areas. However, Hypnotherapists do not under any circumstance, diagnose any illnesses or conditions nor do they purport to replace the treatment of a medical doctor. Should a Clinical Hypnotherapist suspect that a client undergoing Hypnotherapy treatment is suffering from an undiagnosed illness or condition, they would immediately refer the client to their primary care physician.


The art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.     (Henry Ellis)

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