What is hypnosis? And Other Frequently Asked Questions about Hypnosis
by Stacey PreFontaine CMS-CHt, FIBH
What is hypnosis? Hypnosis is an ancient form of healing and transformation that goes back many centuries. A number of well-known historical figures have used hypnosis in order to accomplish great things. For example, Winston Churchill used self-hypnosis daily during WW2 in order to stay mentally sharp and focused during long hours at work. Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and Nikolai Tesla used self-hypnosis each afternoon and credit self-induced trance with producing many of their best ideas. In the last few centuries, hypnosis has fallen to the wayside in part because depictions of hypnosis in movies and on TV portray a scary, trance-like state that renders people powerless. For these reasons, I’d like to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about hypnosis.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural albeit altered state of mind, a state of calm focus. Our brains move in and out of this state of alert focus several times a day without knowing it. For example, have you ever driven home from work and not remembered taking your highway exit? Or sat in front of a campfire, staring into the flames, feeling incredibly relaxed? These are examples of the hypnotic state.
Is hypnosis safe?
Yes. Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that our brains can use for beneficial purposes. There are a few instances where hypnosis would not be indicated for an individual but this is very uncommon. Examples include individuals who are acutely psychotic, a child under the age of five, or an individual who does not give their permission to participate in the process.
Can I be hypnotized?
Anyone with a normally functioning brain can be hypnotized. Some people may go deeper into trance than others, but depth of trance is not an indicator of success for change. A light trance is suitable for most clients.
What does hypnosis require?
Hypnosis requires 3 things:
- 1. a desire for change
- 2. permission to go into hypnosis (giving yourself permission)
- 3. the ability to follow simple instructions If you can answer “yes” to the above requirements you will experience hypnosis.
Can I be made to do or say silly things while in hypnosis?
NO! Your session is all about YOU. During your appointment, you are aware at all times and will remember everything you choose to remember.
Is hypnosis mind control?
Absolutely not. Hypnosis occurs in your own mind and is a tool you use to create positive change for yourself. The hypnotherapist is merely a guide during the session.
What are the side effects of hypnosis?
Side effects include a deep sense of peaceful relaxation, lightened mood, improved sleep, and rapid positive change!
What can hypnosis be used for?
There are numerous applications for hypnosis and it is difficult to create a comprehensive list but here are some of the most common issues:
• stress management
• smoking cessation (one session!)
• weight management
• pain management
• motivation (for just about anything)
• improved sleep
• enhanced creativity
• accomplishing business or personal goals
• grief recovery
• trauma reversal
• phobia reduction or elimination
• increased focus
• improved memory
• increased confidence
If you are wondering if hypnosis could benefit you, call Stacey PreFontaine at 616.828.2153 and find out more. Stacey practices hypnotherapy at Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids. 781 Kenmoor Ave SE, Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49546