HypnosisHow Hypnosis Feels
How will I feel when I am in a hypnotic trance?
Since hypnosis is a conscious, alert state, a hypnotic trance will not feel “unusual” to you at all.
During the entire length of your session you will know exactly where you are and you will have total control over your body and your mind.
If you choose not to follow our suggestions you will not enter hypnosis. That’s why we say that nobody can hypnotize you against your will.
Once in a hypnotic trance, you will also be in total control and you will be able to emerge from hypnosis at any time you want.
When in a hypnotic trance you will be able to think clearly and make decisions.
When we invite you to focus on an idea or thought or ask you to create certain images in your mind, you will have the ability to decide if you want to follow our suggestions or not.
What do people usually experience when they are hypnotized?
Specific sensations, emotions and body reaction people experience when they are hypnotized depend on the type of hypnotic induction used to help them enter a hypnotic trance, as well as suggestions that they decide to accept once the trance is established.
Here are some of the most common sensations our clients typically report as part of their hypnotic experience:
All our clients tell us that hypnosis is a profoundly relaxing experience. This is because the hypnosis inductions we use involve suggestions of relaxation, comfort, and safety and we reinforce the feelings of peace and calm as the session progresses. Even people who say that they can never relax physically or mentally and are skeptical about their ability to sit still for any period of time are shocked at how easily and naturally they enter into a deeply relaxed state.We often hear comments such as: “I did not know what being relaxed felt like until I did hypnosis”, “I have never felt as peaceful and as comfortable in my entire life”, and “I was so relaxed and comfortable I wish I could feel like that every day– it is the best feeling I have ever experienced.”
Most people perceive physical relaxation as a pleasantly heavy feeling – the body becomes so relaxed and so comfortably heavy that something as easy as lifting a finger seems to be too much effort to undertake. Rather than feeling comfortably heavy, some people feel as if they were floating. And others don’t feel their bodies at all: (“I didn’t feel my body. I forgot about it. I was all ‘mind’ and no ‘body’ at all.”)
- Physical comfort
Because we emphasize physical comfort during hypnotherapy (in addition to safety and physical and mental relaxation), our clients uniformly report that their bodies are totally at ease when in a hypnotic trance. Clients who arrive to a session feeling pain or discomfort in their body typically experience disappearance of pain during the course of hypnosis session. Furthermore, they remain pain-free after emerging from hypnosis and maintain that comfortable state after leaving our office.
Our clients tell us that hypnosis is a very empowering experience. Increased self-confidence, self-respect, self-reliance and an overall feeling of empowerment is a result of:
- The effects of ego-strengthening suggestions we use during hypnotherapy sessions.
- The empowerment resulting from the clients taking the driver’s seat and actively engaging in a process that helps them become the person they want to be.
- The clients realizing and seeing the evidence that their work creates real and lasting positive changes in their lives.
- Absence of distractions or negative self-talk
During hypnosis sessions our clients observe gradual disappearance of distracting or negative thoughts: “I never thought it was possible to stop the constant chatter in my brain but it happened without my trying”, “At some point I stopped thinking about anything at all; I could think if I wanted to, but I was simply not concerned about anything other then what you were saying.”
- Time distortion
In hypnosis time seems to flow much slower than in a regular state. This is because in hypnosis, perception of time shifts from external to internal (internal time is perceived as slower than external time).
- Enhanced imagination
Another commonly reported feature of hypnotic trance is enhanced imagination. Our clients say that in hypnosis it is natural and easy to create and sustain images. The images, thoughts or sensations experienced in hypnosis are more vivid, more clear, more apparent, and more immediate than the same images, thoughts or sensations in the usual waking state.
- Ability to access and intensify emotional states
When in a trance, our clients can easily access and intensify emotional states. Since our clients participate in guided hypnosis sessions, the feelings and emotions we guide them to intensify are positive. An interesting feature of hypnotically induced emotions is that they persist after the hypnotic trance is terminated.
- Enhanced insight and memory recall
It’s not uncommon for hypnosis to produce a spontaneous insight or “Aha! moment,” such as finding an answer to a question or a solution to a problem you have struggled to solve for a long time. In addition to the creativity of the mind, our clients report ease with which they can bring up memories; in fact, it is common for our clients to recover a memory of a situation or event they’ve long forgot about.
- Feeling of being in control
Our clients also say that during their hypnotic session they are aware of the fact that they can come out of hypnosis any time they want to, but the hypnotic trance is such a positive experience, they don’t want to end it before the session is over.