Frequently Asked Questions

Your conscious mind may be quizzical and "logical". But your unsconscious mind, your inner mind, experiences and processes emotions, feelings, sounds and images as if they were real, and this happens regardless of what your conscious mind is thinking. Information processes in this way is moulded into a real memory in your brain. Your mind and body adjust according to this created memory. You, and others around you, will start to see and feel the changes almost immediately.  A lot of people get all the feedback they need from friends, family and colleagues about the changes, more than they themselves have noticed.

This is rare.  But you do have to allow yourself to relax.  The best way around this is to decide that you will relax and know that it is a proven fact that with each subsequent session of hypnosis you will relax more.  It also helps if you can change your internal dialogue to one that makes you want to relax, rather than one that confirms that you are not relaxing.  Making this suggestion to yourself will get your mind to cooperate. If your mind drifts away, don't make a big thing of it. Just reign it back in again. At any rate, when you think your mind is wandering away from the hypnosis at hand, that's your unconscious being stimulated to think of things that are more relevant than you realise.

If you've ever watched TV or listened to radio, then you have been hypnotized.  It just doesn't have to happen with a pocket watch and someone speaking in a deliberately hypnotic voice.  Almost anyone that watches television gets hypnotised without realising it. The level of concentration and focus on the screen images and what is being said, at a point when we are totally relaxed, almost to trance-like conditions, creates the right environment for suggestions to be planted and take root in our subconsciousness. We then find ourselves craving certain foods, or warming to a politician or actor in a certain way after wards.

The answer to this is mostly yes. You don't need to be in a deep trance, but it certainly helps if you are willing. If you go out of your way to resist it, you are wasting everyone's time and your money. Focus on relaxing, and let your imagination experience everything through your senses: touch, sight, hearing, feeling, and even taste! 

Sometimes, people on extreme ends of the autistic spectrum may not be the best candidates for hypnosis.  Similarly, people under the influence of either drugs or alcohol are futile candidates for hypnosis.

This is probably the greatest concern about hypnosis and one of the biggest myths! Although stage hypnotists are often seen making people do the strangest things under hypnosis, the truth is that deep down inside, the subjects you see are performing on stage because they want to be outrageous.  Stage hypnosis volunteers are often extroverts, game for a laugh.  The stage hypnotist can recognise the potential star performers and will select them as willing participants. The stage hypntist would never waste their time trying to hypnotise a resistant subject.  All those people are willing to behave that way.  Rest in the knowledge that you will never do anything or accept any suggestion that is in violation of your own morals or principles.

During a hypnotherapy session, if the hypnotist asks you a question you don't want to answer, your unconscious protector will not let you say anything embarrassing or that you don't feel comfortable disclosing.

Hypnosis is a relaxed yet focused state of concentration. It may feel like you are in a trance. Some people just report feeling relaxed. There is a state that the brain enters into when it is receptive to a suggestion. During this time the mind is receptive to visualisations and rich sensory experiences. The more real the experience becomes in the subconscious mind, the greater effect it will have on your behaviour upon awakening.