Hypnotherapy requires two main elements
- Hypnotic trance
- Behavioural suggestion
While the behavioural suggestion is the most important part of hypnosis, it is the hypnotic trance state that allows the subconscious mind to be receptive to the suggestion.
What does hypnosis feel like? Is a hypnotic state the same as sleep?
No. The commonly accepted assertion is that hypnotic trance involves Theta brainwaves, whereas sleep involves Delta brainwaves.
Hypnosis feels no different to any relaxed state you’ve experienced before. The power of hypnotherapy lies in the therapists ability to identify the triggers of your unwanted behaviour and deliver instructions to your subconscious mind to react differently to these triggers. Why the subconscious mind? Your subconscious mind is the most powerful ally you have for true behavioural change. Your conscious mind relies on will power to maintain particular behaviours and will power is simply not enough to stand up to strong emotional triggers.
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Am I in control of my actions during hypnosis? Will I remember what happened during the session?
You are always conscious during the session and always in control of your actions. Despite what you see in stage hypnosis, which is more about choosing the right people amongst a group who are ready to be entertained (and entertaining), hypnotherapy is simply about lowering the barrier between your conscious and subconscious mind so that suggestions can be delivered to your subconscious and therefore integrated into your behaviour and how you respond to a particular stimulus in your daily life. You will remember the session, just as you are able to respond to the therapists directions only in a way that corresponds with your personal comfort level. You are always in control during hypnotherapy and can never be made to do something you wouldn’t normally do.
Am I able to be hypnotised?
Ability to achieve a hypnotic trance is different for everyone, but almost everyone has some ability to enter this state. If you’ve ever been driving and have ‘blanked out’ for part of the drive, or been caught up in watching a movie or reading a book where you haven’t realised how much time has passed, these are both forms of trance.