Common Questions About Hypnosis

Hypnosis FAQ (13)

Why do you recommend combining hypnosis with chiropractic care?

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.

For that reason, Harmony Hypnosis has teamed up with Dr. Laine Morales at Pure Light Chiropractic to offer package deals and discounts. We care about you.

What does hypnosis feel like?

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.

Will I remember any of it?

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.

Can a hypnotist make me do things I don’t want to?

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.

Will I reveal all of my secrets?

Hypnosis is not a truth serum. People who lie normally will still lie under hypnosis.

What if I get stuck in hypnosis and can’t get out?

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.

Is hypnosis an instant cure-all?

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.

Do I have to go into a deep trance to make changes?

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.

Your website says you’re a certified hypnotist. What does that mean?

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.

Do you need a college degree or a state license to be a hypnotist?

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.

What if I fall asleep?

It’s not ideal to fall asleep during a session, but if you do, your unconscious mind will still be listening.

How quickly can I expect results?

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.

Will I cluck like a chicken?

Only if you want to.

Quit Smoking FAQ (9)

Why do you recommend combining hypnosis with chiropractic care?

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.

For that reason, Harmony Hypnosis has teamed up with Dr. Laine Morales at Pure Light Chiropractic to offer package deals and discounts. We care about you.

How will I handle stress when I quit smoking?

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.

Will I have cravings when I quit smoking?

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.

Will I gain weight when I quit smoking?

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.

I won’t turn into one of those annoying ex-smokers who hassles everyone to quit smoking, will I?

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.

Is this some kind of group thing, where I quit smoking in a big hotel room with a bunch of other people?

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.

What is included in the Harmony Hypnosis Quit Smoking Program?

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.

How much does it cost to quit smoking at Harmony Hypnosis, Austin’s Quit Smoking Headquarters?

289.00—About what a pack-a-day smoker spends in six weeks on cigarettes. So you’ll turn a profit within two months!

I’d love to quit smoking, but I don’t have the funds. What should I do?

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.