You have the route memorized. Your subconscious mind gets you there while your conscious mind focuses on a daydream, phone call, or wondering what you will have for dinner. Although it is a naturally occurring phenomenon, it must be induced. It can be induced naturally, as when you are watching a movie. It can also be induced artificially, by a trained hypnotist. This allows for deeper mental relaxation.
To be artificially induced into a state of hypnosis, you must be a willing participant. While in the hypnotic state, a person tends to be more responsive to suggestion while fully keeping their willpower and self-control.
I don't believe in hypnosis.
Hypnosis principles are being used all around us, both intentionally and unintentionally, every single day. Whether a person believes in hypnosis or not does not change the reality that it exists and affects their thinking and decision making. There is a physiological difference in how the brain works while in hypnosis. This can be seen with brain waves as well as with fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
Can I get 'stuck' in the hypnotic state?
No, you can not get "stuck" in the hypnotic state. If something uncomfortable were to occur while in hypnosis, you would simply "wake-up". In the other extreme, were you to be so relaxed and tired that while hypnotized you went into full sleep, it would simply be like a nap. You could be awaken, or if left alone, wake-up on your own.
Will I do something against my will?
No, a person can not be made to do anything they would not normally be comfortable doing. The hypnotherapist has no power over the client. The client is fully capable of bringing themselves out of the hypnotic state at any point. While hypnotized, you are still fully aware and when the session is complete, you will remember everything that occurred.
This is contrary to what you have likely observed in movies, television, and books. Keep in mind, the entertainment industry is not as concerned about reality as it is with entertainment. An additional example that people observe as a hypnotist having control of a person, is the "stage hypnotist". you may have seen or experienced "stage hypnotists" in a night club, or other gathering for entertainment. In these situations, the person being hypnotized volunteered. They went into the spotlight expecting to do something "odd", and are generally extroverts to begin with.
You may also have noticed the stage hypnotist sent some of the "volunteers" back to their seats. These are the people the hypnotist felt were not as willing to follow his instructions. Even in these cases, if the hypnotist suggested the person do something that would normally be unacceptable to that person, the person would not cooperate. Of course the stage hypnotist works to avoid that situation.
Who can be hypnotized?
Almost anyone is hypnotizable. As a "rule of thumb", the hypnotic state can be achieved by anyone with an I.Q. of 55 or better. Achieving results from a hypnosis session may have more to do with the skill of the hypnotist, than it does with anything else.
The client must be willing and capable of following the instructions of the hypnotist and have no unanswered fears about the process. Some strong-willed individuals feel they will not be good clients. When in fact, it is usually found that strong-minded and strong-willed persons achieve the same excellent results from hypnosis.
What can hypnosis help me with?
Hypnosis has helped people with almost every imaginable problem. Including: Weight management, stress management/relaxation skills, pain management, improve sleep habits, alleviate apprehensions (fears), tobacco cessation (smoking/chewing), gain self-control from alcohol and drugs, gain a positive mental attitude, goal setting, sports improvement, increase self-confidence, learn self-hypnosis, improve study skills and memory, improve self-discipline, and others.
Hypnosis has been recognized and used by many medical doctors and dentists since the mid-1950's.
How many sessions will it take?
An average of 3 to 4 sessions generally one week apart are needed for most issues.
What should I know for a appointment?
Please avoid wearing perfume, cologne or other strong scents. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, something easy to relax in.