What Hypnosis is….and Isn’t

What is Hypnosis?

Simply put, hypnosis is focused attention and a state of heightened awareness.

Hypnosis bypasses the conscious, analytical mind and accesses the subconscious where all our memories and emotions reside. Through hypnosis, we can reframe our perceptions and feelings thereby resolving unhealthy patterns, beliefs, and emotions.

Hypnosis is nothing new. It’s an established therapeutic tool and a profession with centuries-long history of helping people enhance abilities and improve lives. Forms of this alternative therapy have been used since the 1700’s to help people with anything from bed-wetting to nail-biting to smoking.

Hypnotherapy allows the hypnotist to suggest positive thoughts, usually based on the clients suggestions, to override negative thoughts and to provide motivation where the mind has put in blocks. By relaxing the mind, it is more likely to accept positive suggestion within the subconscious. 

What Hypnosis is NOT!

There is no form of unconsciousness and nobody can be made to do anything they don’t want. As your hypnotist, I merely help to facilitate your experience. If you run round clucking like a chicken then it’s a good indication that you are open to having fun and do not have any moral code against temporarily acting like a chicken. TV and movies have created a false narrative around hypnosis that one can be forced to perform against their will. This is absolutely not true. Hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.

A person in hypnosis can be aware of everything that is happening around them, the sounds inside, and out, of the room while retaining full control and varying degrees of memory afterwards. It's very similar to when you drive a car and suddenly realize you’ve reached your destination. 

The most important part is the client ‘wanting to participate’ i.e. a willingness to change. This doesn’t necessarily mean they have a belief they can change, they just have to want to change. The belief comes later once they see the change happening