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What is hypnosis? Does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis is a state of deep relaxation, combined with heightened suggestibility and concentration. It is a direct way to reach the subconscious, which directs our habits and behavior. While you are deeply relaxed, your hypnotherapist makes suggestions, which are agreeable to you, about what changes you are ready to make in your life. You visualize these changes and, after the session is complete, you naturally act on the suggestions to achieve your goals. Hypnosis definitely works to help you change your life through the power of your mind!

Am I asleep or in a trance during hypnosis?

No, you are not asleep or in a trance during hypnosis. You are in a state of deep relaxation. You must still be conscious in order to hear the suggestions. It feels very similar to the first five minutes when you fall asleep. You may hear the dog next door barking
 or be aware of someone else in the room, but you don't want to open your eyes or move. However, if you had to open your eyes and get up, you could, because you are not asleep and are always in total control. The brain waves of asleep are represented in Delta. The brain waves of awake are represented in Beta. Hypnosis is the state of Alpha, or in very deep states in Theta.

Can the hypnotist make me do funny, weird, or bad things?

No. You are awake, relaxed, and in total control throughout the entire session. No hypnotist can ever make you do anything you don't want to do. People do funny things for a stage hypnotist at a comedy club because they volunteer to go on stage; they expect the stage hypnotist to ask them to do funny things. If they really don't want to listen to the hypnotist's suggestions, they don't. For example, if a hypnotist asked you to do something immoral or unethical (such as hit somebody or rob a bank) you would reject the suggestion. You have the same free will to reject "silly" suggestions at comedy shows.

Can I be hypnotized?

Dreaming, daydreaming, and experiencing "highway hypnosis" (when you're driving down the highway and all of a sudden find yourself at your exit) are all examples of being in a hypnotized state. Just about anyone can be hypnotized (except if you are psychotic or below average intelligence). Whether the hypnosis works depends mostly on how much you want to change that part of your life.

Why use hypnosis?

What types of issues can I use hypnosis for?

Relaxation, weight loss, smoking cessation, sleep therapy, pain management, fears/phobias, depression, anxiety/stress, success/self confidence, healing, overcoming trauma, anesthesia, achieving goals, creativity, memory enhancement, public speaking, sports performance, better study/learning abilities, addictions/habits, motivation, meditation, dreams, re-energizing/revitalizing, laughter/stage performance, coming to terms with grief...