Hypnotherapy Feel

Stage hypnosis is designed for entertainment. Live shows and televised or filmed hypnotic sessions show volunteers who appear to be in a hypnotic trance, completely subject to the whims of the hypnotist. They do things that most of us consider embarrassing or impossible, merely because the hypnotist plants the suggestion.

Many people fear that hypnosis leads to a loss of control and puts them in danger. In fact, hypnotherapy has been useful in helping many people with phobias, anxieties or habits that they wish to change. Individuals cannot be placed in a hypnotic state against their will.

Hypnotherapy and Control

A hypnotic trance is nothing more than a relaxed state of mind. Some people experience a hypnotic state while reading, driving or watching television. Clients undergoing a clinical hypnotherapy session are completely aware of their surroundings.

Clients are fully aware of the suggestions that the hypnotherapists offer during a session. Hypnosis does not compromise the client’s control or free will. Clients don’t violate their own moral or ethical codes while under hypnosis. Like any other form of therapy, hypnotherapy can work only if the client is ready and willing to make the changes necessary.

Feelings While in a Hypnotic State

Many clients who have undergone hypnotherapy compare a hypnotic trance to a half-sleeping, half-waking state. The client’s conscious mind is still aware of the environment, but also completely relaxed and at peace.

Some clients under hypnosis report a feeling of “disconnectedness,” as if the mind is floating outside the body. The mind turns inward and analyzes itself rather than focusing on external issues. Hypnotherapists use this state as a tool to help clients get to the true root causes of their emotional issues.

Techniques for Achieving a Hypnotic Trance

Hypnotherapy is most effective when the client is fully relaxed. Hypnotherapists use relaxation techniques to induce a hypnotic state in their clients. Deep breathing is a key technique to achieve physical and mental relaxation.

The client may be sitting or lying down, depending on which position feels more comfortable. A hypnotherapist talks to her clients in a calm, soft voice and guides them into the hypnotic trance.

Self-Hypnosis

Clients can induce their own hypnotic trance. The self-hypnosis experience can help clients to achieve results on their own or to prepare themselves for their guided sessions. Several CDs and DVDs are available that can take you through a similar process as a live hypnotherapy session.

However, the guided nature of a hypnotherapy session is often much more beneficial to clients than the do-it-yourself approach.

Resources

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Uncommon Knowledge. (n.d.). What does it feel like to be in a trance? Retrieved August 10, 2010, from http://www.uncommon-knowledge.co.uk/hypnosis/trance.html