First things first, let’s pause and reflect on the number of times we have missed the service lane exit because we were zoned out, the number of times movies have made us overcome with emotion, leaving us at the verge of tears, or fallen madly in love. If you’ve experienced these things, you have been Hypnotized before.
People usually go to a hypnotherapist to request for assistance with their personal development goals such as, focus, increasing confidence, breaking a habit, wellness, improving health, weight loss, stress relief, etc. Regardless of whatever the final goal is, this therapy is incredibly effective in assisting with the reprogramming of the subconscious mind on a deep level.
Here are five of the most important things you need to know before paying a visit to a hypnotherapist:
Beneath the Façade
Hypnotherapy sessions are known to be very different from what most of us have seen onstage. Contrary to what most stage shows depict of Hypnotherapy, the patient is very much in control of himself and his surroundings during the procedure.
The miracle myth
Although Hypnosis is safe and effective compared to many other types of therapy, it is nowhere close to performing the job of a magic wand. For results to show one may need to wait for weeks, months and sometimes even years depending on the case.
Hypnotism is for all
It’s crucial to keep in mind that hypnosis is a willing state and one cannot be hypnotized without their will. Working with a hypnotherapist is a co-creative process. The primary reason for failure of most therapies is due to the inability to induce a hypnotic state which is a result of a lack of rapport with the hypnotherapist, or sometimes also consulting someone without proper training.
Learn the difference between Hypnosis and Sleeping
Being hypnotized is a heightened state of learning wherein the body is deeply relaxed, but the mind is alert and vigilant. On some occasions, one may drift into sleep, but this is not the goal but the side effect of the therapy. It is the job of a hypnotherapist to make sure his/her client is able to maintain a relaxed awareness during the therapy session, and remain consciously awake.
Therapists, not doctors
Most people are of the misconception that therapists are synonymous to doctors. Therefore it is essential to understand that Hypnotherapy is not meant to replace actual medical care but is a self-improvement tool that’ll enable you to enhance and quicken the healing process. A hypnotherapist is known to specialize in self-improvement and behavioral modification. They are in no way licensed by the state or labeled as healing practitioners, and therefore are not authorized to diagnose or treat psychological or other medical conditions.