Common Questions About Hypnosis
For most people, it feels incredibly relaxing and pleasant, like a massage for your mind. It’s also a familiar experience to many, as everyone briefly enters a state similar to hypnosis every time they fall asleep or wake up. If you’ve ever been driving and suddenly realized that you were so caught up in your thoughts that you missed your turn or didn’t notice that the light had changed, then you’ve experienced spontaneous hypnosis. If you’ve ever been so caught up in a movie or book that you jumped, cried, screamed, or otherwise reacted to imaginary events, you’ve been in hypnosis.
Hypnosis uses suggestion to help you reprogram your mind; you might think of it as a software solution.
Chiropractic medicine optimizes your nervous system; you might think of it as a hardware tune-up.
So in order for suggestions to take maximum effect, it’s preferable to have your nervous system operating at its very best. Likewise, ongoing chiropractic care becomes more effective when combined with hypnotic habit change and stress management. The two approaches have a synergistic effect.
You’ll probably remember all of it. Some people don’t remember anything that happens when they go into hypnosis, unless they get specific suggestions to remember. Most people remember all of it, especially the first time, and may even wonder whether they’ve actually been in hypnosis. This is usual. Some people drift in and out of awareness during a session, remembering some parts and not others.
If something is against your basic character or moral code, no one—hypnotist or otherwise—can make you do it. In hypnosis, any suggestions that are dangerous to you or against your higher will are automatically rejected.
Hypnosis is not a truth serum. People who lie normally will still lie under hypnosis.
Then you’ll spend the rest of your days cleaning my house. Okay, seriously, you can’t get stuck in hypnosis any more than you could get stuck in a daydream. Even if the hypnotist dies in the middle of your session, you’ll just return to normal waking consciousness after a little while. Likewise, in the case of danger, you can snap out of hypnosis in an instant.
Don’t I wish! Hypnosis can effectively deal with such a wide range of problems that it may seem like magic, but it isn’t. It’s just a way to make your mind work for you.
No. Fortunately, even a light trance is sufficient to contact the unconscious mind and give it powerful suggestions. Most people find that they drift between deep and light levels of trance in a single session.
There are plenty of organizations and individuals who will “certify” anyone with little or no training.
However, in my case, being a certified hypnotist means I completed a 250-hour course with an instructor certified by the International Hypnosis Federation and passed an extensive final exam that included both a written test of my knowledge and a practical examination of my skills. I have since completed coursework for advanced certification with the International Certifying Board of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
I’m dedicated to furthering my education as a hypnotist on a constant basis, so I’ve recently enrolled in at 720-hour program with the Hypnosis Practitioner Training Institute.
Both the federal government and the state of Texas consider hypnosis to be safe enough to not require licensing. Likewise, no accredited colleges offer degrees in hypnosis; anyone who claims a doctorate or other degree in hypnosis received it from an unaccredited institution, or possibly a diploma mill.
It’s not ideal to fall asleep during a session, but if you do, your unconscious mind will still be listening.
Different people respond to hypnosis in different ways. It’s important to realize that hypnosis is not an all or nothing situation.
For some clients, it is like flipping a light-switch. They have a 100% change with permanent results from a single session.
Others experience a more incremental change, more like a dimmer switch. They might get a partial improvement from one session and increasing improvement each time they come back. Eventually, they reach 100% success.
For a third category, it’s a bit like learning to walk or learning to ride a bicycle. They get dramatic results, usually lasting for several days, and then the results taper off. The next time they experience hypnosis, the dramatic results last longer; in fact, the results keep lasting longer and longer with each hypnotic session after that, until the effects become permanent.
Because there’s no way to know how you’ll respond to hypnosis, it’s important to commit to enough sessions that we can build momentum and get results. Also, it’s very important to use any reinforcement tools, such as a recording of the session, between our meetings.
Only if you want to.
I’ll teach you several ways to handle stress that are way more effective than sucking poison into your lungs. In fact, you’ll find that you handle stress much better without cigarettes than you ever did with them.
You might have a few, but they will be minimal, and I’ll teach you easy self-hypnosis methods to handle them if they happen.
Statistically, only one in ten people who quit smoking gain significant weight, and that’s because they don’t have a plan to handle it. At Harmony Hypnosis, we know how to avoid that problem.
Not at all. At Harmony Hypnosis, you’ll become a non-smoker, not an ex-smoker. It will most likely be as though you’d never smoked at all.
Of course, I can’ t promise that you won’t want to tell your friends how easy it was to quit smoking with Harmony Hypnosis.
No. Harmony Hypnosis has been established in central Texas for years, with a permanent office in Austin. Your sessions are private, confidential, and customized to your needs.
You’ll get three private hypnosis sessions—two for the week you quit, and one tune-up any time in the next year. You’ll also receive a self-hypnosis lesson, a hypnosis CD, and a number of important tools for managing cravings, stress, and nutrition in your new life as a non-smoker.
289.00—About what a pack-a-day smoker spends in six weeks on cigarettes. So you’ll turn a profit within two months!
Ask James at Harmony Hypnosis about financing. You can get a loan that you’ll easily pay off once you’re no longer blowing all your money on tobacco.
For more on common misconceptions about hypnosis, check out this segment from Mythbusters.