What Is Hypnosis?
I must confess that when I first heard about hypnosis I was as dead wrong as most people out there what it is about. Maybe I was influenced by stage hypnosis shows onTV, maybe by what I´ve heard from others. Anyway, I thought that when being hypnotized one would be totally unaware of anything, would wake wake-up with no clue what has happened in the meantime, and all problems would be solved in some miraculous way.
But this is not what hypnosis is about. It´s much more simple and has nothing to do with magic or voodoo. To keep it simple one could describe hypnosis as a state of complete relaxation of body and mind, allowing you to communicate directly with your subconscious mind. Or in other words, hypnosis is very similar to a deep meditation with the only difference that you will be guided by a hypnotist.
My favorite definition for hypnosis comes from Dr. Al Krasner, founder of the The American Institute of Hypnotherapy & The American Board of Hypnotherapy: Hypnosis is “a process which produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, allowing access to the subconscious mind through imagination. It also produces the ability to experience thoughts and images as real.”
Who Can Make Use of Hypnosis?
Everybody can! Every person who´s IQ is higher than Forest Gump´s can be hypnotized as long as they are willing and do not resist. On the other hand if you start out with the intention “Not me, no one will hypnotize me!” you will not be able to share this experience. Now, especially in the beginning, the depth of hypnosis will vary with a person’s ability to respond, but improvements of your receptivity to hypnosis will come quick along with practice.
How Does it Feel to be Hypnotized?
Many people are surprised when getting hypnotized for the first time that they can hear every word. And unless you don´t enter a very deep state of trance you may not feel any different than when reading a good book, sitting in your favorite easy chair. Most clients report pleasant feelings of psychological and bodily relaxation, similar to the moment short before falling asleep. You will feel very relaxed, but still aware and able to respond any time you need to.
Some people report that they´ve felled weightless, others felt very heavy as if sinking into the chair. When you manage to enter a deep state of hypnosis you may even be euphoric. In a light state of hypnosis, many people didn´t believe to be hypnotized at all because it felt identical to the waking state.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
Every human being disposes the ability to reprogram emotional attitudes and reactions. This ability is some kind of latent talent within. Hypnosis is the most efficient and practical way to train life-long attitudes, rather than suffer a lifetime of emotional accidents the conscious mind is unable to change.
Hypnosis does essentially two things: At first, it encourages the use of imagination. Mental imagery is very powerful, especially in a focused state of attention. Our brain seems capable of using imagery, even if it´s only symbolic, to assist us in bringing about the things we are imagining.
The other basic concept of hypnosis is to present ideas or suggestions to the ones mind. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas and suggestions that are compatible with our desires seem to have a more powerful impact on the mind.
Hypnotic suggestions are able to bypass ones intellectual mind, called the “conscious mind,” and target directly on the subconscious. When presented a new suggestion that is within the boundaries of one’s belief system and moral orientation, the subconscious mind will accept it literally as a new reality.
The particular strength of hypnosis arises thru eliminating the critical censor of the conscious mind, which often defeats what we know to be in our best interests.
Can You Lose Weight with Hypnosis?
Many roads are leading to Rome and same is true for weight loss. There are many diets and exercising routines and one can successfully lose weight with most of them. But one principle keeps up: You must choose to change. If don´t do so, long-term success is very much unlikely. Hypnosis cannot lead to weight loss by itself.
Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to make the process of losing weight an easy one by increasing your desire to exercise or to eat more healthy, but it is not magic. When you don´t have the desire to eat more healthfully in the future, and when you don´t want to move around more, then you won´t achieve success even with the use of hypnosis.
This being said, hypnosis can be optimally effective when someone is highly motivated to overcome his weight problems and when choosing a quality hypnosis product or lessons with an expert hypnotherapist. But if you lack the motivation to make a change, you better safe your money.
How Effective is Hypnosis?
The noted psychologist Alfred A. Barrios, Ph.D., who did a survey of psychotherapy literature and revealed the following recovery rates:
Psychoanalysis: 38% recovery after 600 sessions.
Behavior Therapy: 72% recovery after 22 sessions.
Hypnotherapy: 93% recovery after 6 sessions.
Source: American Health Magazine
Will You Lose Control in Hypnosis?
No. You are in total control at all times while under hypnosis. Contrary to popular fairy tales, you won´t tell any secrets you want to keep to yourself or accept any suggestions that are not in your interests. While under hypnosis you have an even higher awareness than when you are fully awake and you retain all the power to select what you want to say or do. No one can make you do anything that you wouldn´t find acceptable in your normal awake state.
In hypnosis, one is not under the control of the hypnotist. Hypnosis is not something inflicted on you, but something you do for yourself. A hypnotist merely serves as a facilitator to guide you.
Is Hypnosis Dangerous?
No. Because all hypnosis is self-inducted and one is in complete control at all times hypnosis is never dangerous. If it were, we would all be in jeopardy every time we get engrossed in a thrilling movie, a good book, or a fascinating TV show. The only personal disappointment that may arise is because of unrealistic expectations or preconceived opinion.
Is Hypnosis Medically Approved?
Yes. The British Medical Association adopted hypnosis as a viable therapeutic tool as early as in 1958.The American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association have also approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally individuals.
Today hypnosis is already utilized in countless clinics and facilities because of its effectiveness in alleviating unwarranted pain in the body and discomfort from many ailments. Dentists make use of hypnosis instead of anesthesia; hospitals utilize it in order to speed up recovery or to easy post surgical pains.
Is There a Difference Between Hypnosis and Self-hypnosis?
Basically all hypnosis is self-hypnosis and you´re always in complete control of the process. Main difference is that with hypnosis you are guided through the process by an experienced pro while when practicing self-hypnosis you steer it all by yourself. Even though self-hypnosis may be as effective as working with a hypnotherapist, I personally think this is more advanced stuff and a beginner is better off when utilizing the support of a pro.
Can Hypnosis Recording Keep Up With Private Lessons?
There´s no question, if you can effort private lessons this is always first choice. The sessions are perfectly designed for your individual needs and thus highly effective.
But since real experts on weight loss hypnosis, like the ones we present on our site, charge anywhere between 250 and 500 dollars per hour (estimating 4-6 hours for every client to make it work) this adds up to real bunch of money.
Hypnosis recordings may not be as personalized as private sessions, yet can be as effective as they are. Maybe you have to be a bit more patient and have to listen to the recordings more often than this would be the case when having the advantage of private consultations. But if you keep in mind that almost all hypnotherapists offer recordings of their lessons to their clients in order to deepen the suggestions, recordings seem to work. Otherwise they wouldn´t do this, wouldn´t they?
In addition these recordings are specially designed for home users and often come with features that can´t be delivered when visiting a therapists office, e.g. brainwave technology, or echo effects. Plus you can use them anytime you like, without the need of making an appointment.
And with prices around 100 dollars for premium products from top notch providers they demand fewer expenses than a single hour with an indifferent local hypnotherapist.