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The Truth About Hypnosis
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxed focus. It is a natural state. In fact, each of us enters such a state – sometimes called a trance state – at least twice a day: once when we are falling asleep, and once when we are waking up. That kind of fuzzy, timeless state between dreaming and being awake is a trance state. When a nine-minute snooze-button seems to give you enough time to have an hour-long dream, that is a trance state.
There are many other times that people enter a natural state of trance. Driving, watching TV, listening to music, working on a favorite hobby or activity in the “flow” state. These are all “altered states of consciousness,” and all are various levels of trance. Trance is healthy, natural and common.
Some people leave their first hypnotherapy session saying, “I was not hypnotized – I knew what was going on the whole time!” Well of course you did! The truth about hypnosis is that it is not a state of amnesia or of no awareness. Just the opposite is true, in fact: hypnosis is a state of very heightened awareness and focus.
Hollywood has perpetuated many myths about hypnosis, and not remembering anything from a hypnosis session is one of those myths. Only under special circumstances would a person forget everything from a session.
Much more can be accomplished when a person who is undergoing hypnosis remembers everything.
What should NOT be treated with hypnotherapy alone?
Serious psychiatric or mental health problems are referred to a qualified psychotherapist or psychiatrist. Medical problems with the physical body must always be treated by a physician, who can, at his or her discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy for pain control, hypno-anesthesia or relaxation.
Drug addiction, family dynamics disorders, clinical depression and other such problems need to be treated by doctors and psychiatrists, who can, at their discretion, prescribe hypnotherapy as an additional treatment. We can work on these issues after a doctor’s written approval.
Always keep in mind that hypnosis is not a treatment or cure for mental illness. People suffering from psychosis, suicidal depression, or that are on medications for psychological stability should be thinking of hypnosis as a supplemental device to help with symptoms that arise from these things.
Will I bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
Let me guess: you’ve seen a stage show where a hypnotist made people do all these crazy things. Or, perhaps you have ideas from Hollywood movies and TV. A stage hypnotist carefully selects his subjects (to watch how many volunteers he has sit down), and he chooses people he knows WILL bark like a dog. They will because somewhere inside them is a part that loves to entertain. And they will do it because, deep down inside, they don’t believe there is anything wrong with barking like a dog.
Hypnosis can not make you do something that is against your morals or ethics. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, in truth, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you really do not want to do. That is why some people can be hypnotized to stop smoking and yet they still smoke. You have to want the change, agree with the change, and then hypnosis is an instrument for helping make that change better and faster.
Will I lose control?
This is another Hollywood myth. You always have control, and you can always hear what is going on. Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus. It is a natural state that you enter into at least twice a day (while waking up and while falling asleep!), and probably much more often than that. If at any time you are in a trance and you wish to be fully awake, you can just count to yourself “1 – 2- 3” and open your eyes.
How is hypnotherapy different than affirmations?
Hypnotherapy has the advantage of being able to communicate with the subconscious in a two-way fashion. Affirmations do not facilitate direct responses from the subconscious; they only seek to speak to the subconscious.
A post-hypnotic suggestion is also different than an affirmation: the effects tend to be more direct, more specific, and are more immediate when using post-hypnotic suggestions.
Other than that, the language of hypnosis and affirmations is similar. Both are always expressed in the present tense, and always positive. If you ever meet a hypnotherapist that uses the words, “don’t smoke” as a direct suggestion, choose a different hypnotherapist!
Of course, you will want to choose a hypnotherapist like, John or Amy, that has been well trained and has actual results with many people over many years with lots of reviews on Google+, Facebook, and Yelp.
Isn’t Hypnosis dangerous?
Myths about hypnosis, perpetuated by Hollywood movies, urban legends, and fiction books lead people to think all kinds of things about hypnosis, including that it is somehow dangerous. Some people have heard that you can go into a trance and not wake up. Or that a hypnotist can make you do things you do not want to do. These things are untrue. You are always in control, and able to “come back” to full waking state at any time if you want or need to. The number one job of the subconscious mind is to protect you, and it is always on the job.
Will Hypnosis Really Work for Me?
Some people are natural challengers on things. Hypnosis works best for those who choose to accept and allow the suggestions to work for them, with a positive expectation. As long as you decide to do that, hypnosis will work well for you too!
What is NLP?
NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It can be described as waking hypnosis. It is an incredibly powerful discipline that models some of the most successful therapists and hypnotherapists of all time who consistently got shockingly good results. These processes were broken down into their most simple elements that enabled others to start producing the same or sometimes even better results with people. Better because you are combining the best processes of many therapists all at once. In NLP terms this is modeling others success. Do what they did and you will get what they got. Anthony Robbins is one example of this. You can model a person in one area for instance, and if you model them well, you can produce the same results that they did. This can be taken into all areas of life.
Why does your hypnosis stand out in Utah?
We do Real Hypnosis. We never water down our hypnosis with the latest fads, card readings, or crystals. We take real hypnosis seriously and so should you. Nothing against those things, but we stick with functional, timeless, and cutting-edge all hypnosis techniques. We do not psychoanalyze you or use mix psychology in our hypnosis sessions in any way. Look at the statistics on our home page of hypnosis; you will see that 93% of our clients experience recovery after just six sessions. Psychoanalysis has less than 40% client recovery after 600 sessions. We are 100% positive our sessions are built around building you up, and never tearing you down.
On the first session we will create a specific to you, 100% customized 30-day plan for your success. Including in this, we will help you create an identity level shift in who you see yourself to be. Also, any good hypnotherapist teaches self-hypnosis so you can keep the changes you make and even continue making your own after us.
Please know that we are just as successful doing Skype or FaceTime sessions. We have successfully worked with famous people this way. We also incorporate the best of both Life Coaching, NLP, or Hypnosis into every one of your sessions with us because they have been proven as the most effective tools known to man. Lastly, we do not do just basic hypnosis, we are the only ones in Utah doing an advanced form of hypnosis called the 5-PATH. Five-Phase Advanced Transformational Hypnosis. For more information on this, you can visit: http://www.slchypnosiscenter.com/services/hypnotismwith5-path
Lastly, you are in good hands to the point we have been told we are the Anthony Robbins of hypnosis because we aim to give you Hypnosis WOW! Our Mission Statement is, “To heal and transform people so extensively that their lives are radically altered for the better.” We live and breathe this every day. We love helping people solve their problems that they once thought were insurmountable, and they are now living the lives they never dreamed of before.
If you have ever been suicidal, please let us know. If you decide you are done with that, our first session will have you back on your feet permanently! Hypnosis is our life’s passion and work, and we humbly look forward to working with you or assisting you in your life changing session!
-John & Amy
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