Common FAQ’s About Hypnosis

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural process where, through focusing our attention on something, we enter into a meditative state. We naturally enter this state many times a day. For example, when we are watching a favourite programme on television, all our attention is drawn to it, so much so, that we may even experience the character’s emotions.

This does not mean that we cannot consciously be aware of anything until the programme is finished. If the doorbell were to ring, we would hear it. We could hear our children playing in the garden outside. Being in a state of hypnosis is perfectly normal and natural.

Another example is when you drive to work each morning – how much of the journey can you remember once you have arrived at your workplace? Chances are, not a great deal, since it is your subconscious mind that is taking care of the driving and getting you to work safely, while your conscious mind is thinking about something else.  Daydreaming is another example of a hypnotic state. How many of us stared out of the window daydreaming when we were at school?

What does hypnosis feel like?

Hypnosis feels very similar to daydreaming. You will feel very calm and relaxed, yet will be aware of everything that is happening around you.

What is Self-Hypnosis?

Self-hypnosis refers to the process of achieving a deeply relaxed, almost meditative state, by ourselves or through the use of a self-hypnosis audio MP3, CD, DVD or tape.

Is hypnosis safe?

Yes, hypnosis and self-hypnosis are completely safe. As mentioned previously, hypnosis is like being engrossed in a movie, daydreaming or driving without consciously thinking about the process. It is a safe, relaxing and comfortable experience.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

Yes, everyone can reach a relaxed, meditative state.

What if I find it difficult to relax?

Each audio contains a relaxing background track and sound effects to help you relax. Mark’s soothing voice will guide you through the process of relaxing your mind and body, helping you imagine a wonderful place in your mind that is calm and relaxing to you. He will also help you focus on your breathing, allowing the natural relaxation process to develop within you at a rate and pace that is just right for you.

For tips and techniques on how to relax visit our Relaxation Corner.

What happens if I fall asleep during the process?

Being in a deeply relaxed state is a natural precursor to sleep so you may find on some occasions that you fall asleep. Don’t worry if this happens as each audio track contains a wake up part at the end where the hypnotherapist guides you back into a fully alert and wakeful state. Because you are deeply relaxed it may feel as if you have fallen asleep when in actual fact you have simply been relaxing.

If I fall asleep while listening will I lose all the benefits of the session?

No. The unconscious mind is always there listening, so even if you are not consciously aware of the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, your unconscious mind will be listening and learning as it does all the time. If you wish, you can forward the audio track a few minutes into the session so that you remain awake throughout the part with the positive suggestions from the hypnotherapist.

How many times can I listen to the audio track?

It is recommended that you listen to the hypnotherapy session once a day. If you want to listen to it more, then we recommend a maximum of two times a day. If you have purchased several hypnotherapy sessions then we recommend that you only listen to one specific session each day to avoid trying to process too much information.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the process of suggestion of ideas, lifestyle changes and concepts by the therapist to the client when the client is in a deeply relaxed state. The process involves the client being in a state of hypnosis, which is nothing more than a deeply relaxed and focused state. The therapist talks directly to the subconscious part of the mind, where change at a deep level happens.

Because the suggestions from a therapist bypass the conscious part of the client’s mind, focusing instead on the subconscious part, hypnotherapy is a great way of helping people achieve their goals.

The client’s attention is focused away from current reality into an altered state of relaxation, where attention is focused on the client’s thoughts, emotions, behaviours, concepts and feelings. Hypnotherapy allows us to break patterns of thought and learned behaviours, so that we can bring about positive changes in physical illnesses, emotional issues and mental abilities.