Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration with heightened awareness induced by suggestion.

Hypnosis has been used for centuries and the Egyptians used to have sleep temples where people were encouraged to lie down and listen to chanting back as early as 1550BC. Hypnosis is taken from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos by an 18th Century doctor named James Braid who mistook the state of hypnosis for sleep.

There are a number of myths circulated around hypnosis from the media and various tricksters, so here is a list of things to note about hypnosis:

  1. Don’t expect to feel hypnotised. It is natural state of being, however it is not sleep.

Many people come to the hypnotherapist thinking that there is something about trance which is markedly different from their “normal” state of consciousness. This is definitely not the case. A light trance will likely feel no different from relaxation. Since trance is a normal natural state, then you will likely feel a feeling of familiarity.

  1. Do expect to feel relaxed.

Hypnosis is a natural state where you feel increasing levels of relaxation.

  1. You are in control.

During the trance induction, you need to know that you are in charge. For example, if I told you to stand up and it was OK, you would, right? But if I told you to rob a bank you wouldn’t do that. Well it’s the same in Hypnosis. You are in charge. You only accept the suggestions that are given that are consistent with your own internal values and beliefs.

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