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Learn About Hypnosis:
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Can anyone be hypnotized?
Some people find it easier to relax than others. Other people are able to go into trance more quickly and more deeply than others. About 85% of people can go into at least a light trance. For most self-improvement goals, light trance is enough to enable almost everyone to benefit from hypnosis. Generally speaking, the only people that won't be "able" to be hypnotized are those that are of low intelligence, under the influence or are just unwilling.
Can children be hypnotized?
Because children are naturally imaginative, they naturally and easily engage in hypnosis and respond well to hypnotic suggestion for a wide variety of problems, e.g., self- esteem issues, anxiety, behavior problems, habit change, and certain medical issues. It is important that your child's therapist be competent and experienced in dealing with your child's particular issue or problem.
Will I be asleep or unconscious?
The word hypnosis comes from the ancient Greek word 'hypnos' meaning sleep, but hypnosis is NOT sleep. Sleep and hypnosis may seem similar since we may be relaxed and have our eyes closed (although not necessarily), but there are many differences. One main difference is that we tend to be in a relaxed state, but with heightened awareness! If a person were to fall asleep during a session, they would return to normal consciousness when asked to, or simply awaken after a short nap. They would feel refreshed, relaxed and would have no ill effects at all.
“I don’t think I was hypnotized. I heard every word you said!”
Some people don't believe that they were hypnotized at all after a session. This comes from misconceptions about what a 'trance' really is. There are differences between the brain waves of people who are asleep and those who are in trance. In practice, people who are hypnotized often talk with the hypnotist, and can both answer and ask questions, hear everything that is said very clearly, and are perfectly aware. There is no mysterious feeling to being hypnotized and our minds are not taken over nor controlled. This expectation and perhaps a demand to have some mysterious experience beyond conscious control or awareness seems to leave some people disappointed and even denying they had any experience at all. These same people may actually have received substantial results and unconscious change.
Will I lose control of myself?
No, there is no loss of control. Hypnosis allows clients to be more focused and less distractible, as well as more skillful in using their own abilities. In this way, they can achieve more of their goals, and consequently, actually achieve more (not less) control of their personal comfort, health, and well-being. The 'control' misconception appears to originate from stage hypnosis which actually involves people doing what they want to be doing in a social agreement to be entertaining.
Can I get stuck or trapped in the hypnotic state?
No. At any time a client emerge from hypnosis or choose to ignore suggestions. No one stays hypnotized indefinitely. Ever.
What can I expect at my session?
The first session begins with an exercise to determine the extent of suggestibility of the client, followed by a guided relaxation technique which leads into the hypnotic trance. During the trance period, the client goals are sought and then he or she is emerged from the trance.
Post-hypnotic suggestions to practice self-hypnosis are usually incorporated to motivate the client to begin to use self-hypnotic techniques on his own. He or she should be encouraged to practice using self-hypnosis with positive affirmations several times a day, and/or to begin listening to reinforcement CDs or MP3s at least once each day. As with any program of self-improvement, hypnosis must be reinforced and given time, effort and commitment.
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Tina Pineiro is a caring, professional full time hypnotist who has dedicated her work to your well-being.