If you have never experienced hypnosis, please take a few minutes to read this material. I think you'll find it educational and informative.
When the word "hypnosis" is mentioned in everyday conversation, it seems to stir varied reactions in people. These responses range from disbelief to terror or even laughter. On the other hand, some people believe that hypnosis can work miracles. All these reactions stem from ideas and information that are untrue.
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. A simple definition of hypnosis is a state of increased suggestibility and concentration. First of all, DO NOT EXPECT TO GO TO SLEEP or lose touch with reality. You will know everything that is going on around you. Upon awakening, some people express disappointment with the experience. They insist that they heard everything that was going on or that they were unaffected by the hypnotist. This arises out of misconceptions they entertain concerning the nature of hypnosis. The lack of consciousness and amnesia which they possibly anticipate is not experienced by the vast majority of subjects. Nevertheless, although the individual may consciously believe that the trance was extremely light or they had not been hypnotically affected, the suggestions which have been made to them in most cases will exercise influence, unless the subject deliberately sets out to prove that the suggestions will not work.
Some subjects will, upon waking, insist that they have not been hypnotized. This attitude may be maintained even though it may be demonstrated to the subject that they cannot open their eyes or pull both hands apart or whatever challenge is given to them. Even then, some subjects will insist that , despite this evidence, they could have separated their hands apart if they had wished to do so.
The majority of people who insist that they have only experienced a light trance or none at all should realize that it is perfectly normal to hear external noises while maintaining a rapport with the hypnotist and remember everything that went on. In other words, upon wakening, you will feel no different than you did before being hypnotized, but the effects will be there. To quote the June issue of "Psychology Today":
People who are hypnotized for the first time are frequently disappointed to find that they experience nothing overwhelming. They feel mildly relaxed but they remain in touch with reality and in control of their thoughts. They may discover that the hypnotist's suggestions are quite resistible. Contrary to what most people believe, a person under hypnosis need not fall asleep, or lose contact with his surroundings or relinquish his will. He is often able to recall everything that happened during the trance and will act perfectly normal.
Physicians, Psychologists and Hypnotherapists have used hypnosis as a valuable tool in solving such problems as sleep disturbance, concentration and memory, fears and phobias, stuttering, asthma, and control of pain. Hypnosis has also been helpful in treating smoking, overeating, alcoholism, bust development, skin conditions such as acne and warts, and so on.
You will find hypnosis to be relaxing and enjoyable experience. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, all I do is guide you into it.