Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnosis
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Hypnosis, or being in trance, is simply feeling relaxed and comfortable. It is a natural state of mind that we go in and out of every day, throughout the day. Think of a time when you were in a meeting and found yourself coming ‘back into the room’ realising that your mind had drifted to thinking about something you needed to get done that day or what you were planning to do that evening. You were just in a trance state. Clients are often surprised that they are not asleep, that they can hear what I’m saying and that they’re aware of everything going on around them.
Hypnosis is not putting you to sleep; it’s putting your nervous system in a relaxed state. This means that, even though you remain fully aware of everything going on around you, you are not bothered by things. As a result, you can turn your attention inward. I cannot get you to do anything in trance that you would not do otherwise.
Most times one session is all that is needed, but it can take several sessions for deeply ingrained habits or beliefs. Freeing yourself from issues is like peeling the skin away on an onion. Many clients find that freedom from the issue they first came in with has now led to other things arising that they would like to deal with.
No professional will guarantee results. However, the fact that most of my clients come to me via referrals is the best indication I can give of how effective RTT is in helping people become free of their problems. Visit my testimonial page to see what previous clients have to say.
It is normal to come out of trance feeling relaxed and perhaps slightly drowsy for the first few minutes. Many clients come out of trance with big smiles on their faces and feelings of excitement or empowerment because they realize that something significant has happened. You may feel a tingling in the back of your head, a sense of reflectiveness or an incredible surge of energy. Everyone is different. Clients often tell me they experience additional insights and revelations in the days and weeks following their RTT session.
I work with anyone committed to change. I see a large number of clients who work in high stress environments and want relief from stress, anxiety, a lack of confidence and insomnia. A number of people also come to me for weight loss, smoking cessation and help with overcoming stage fright so they can more easily give presentations. Others come to me for help improving their golf, tennis or squash games.
The commitment to come for a session must be yours, though, and not your partner’s or your parents’.
Hypnosis is a natural state that we go into throughout the day, so you have already experienced this without realising it. Everyone is different, so some people will go into trance more easily and deeper than others. How quickly or deeply you go into trance has no bearing on the success of the treatment.
RTT works just as well using Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp or Zoom as it does in person, so long as you have a reliable internet connection.
The mind learns through repetition. Think of sports professionals training for a competition. They don’t stop practicing when they know they can hit several aces in a row or have a serve that reaches 160 miles per hours. Professional golfers don’t quit training because they can drive the ball hundreds of yards or hit consistently good putts. They train and train and train some more because they know the more they train, the more the muscle and eye/hand coordination becomes embedded and wired in their mind. This is no different to you working on changing your behaviour.
The science behind this is that neurons that fire together, wire together. Neurons associated with a certain activity form neural pathways that become stronger the more that activity is engaged in. By listening to the audio, you are making sure the new neural pathways created during the hypnotherapy session are growing in strength. Think about how difficult it is to learn a new habit. You are shown a better way to hold your tennis racket, for example. It feels awkward and unfamiliar, but only in the beginning. The more you practice, the more comfortable it feels until you reach the point where trying the old way feels awkward.
On the other hand, nerves that fire apart, wire apart. The less an old activity is practiced, the weaker the neural pathways become.
There are different theories as to how long it takes for the brain to rewire. I suggest to clients that they continue listening to the audio past the initial 21-day period to continue strengthening that new neural pathway.
It’s important to talk so we both can gauge whether we feel a rapport and could work together. This is one of the important factors for hypnotherapy to work. The other is that you must be committed to making changes.