Questions about hypnosis answered

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a conversation with the subconscious part of your mind—the behind-the-scenes of the brain. During hypnosis, negative, limiting, and unhealthy beliefs are cleared and replaced with mutually agreed upon positive suggestions. Those new suggestions then positively affect your perceptions and expectations of yourself and others, leading to the results you desire. Hypnosis is a safe, natural and comfortable way to positively change your thoughts at the deepest level. You are able to unlock your personal potential and become all you want to be.

How can hypnosis help me?

Hypnosis harnesses the power of the subconscious mind, and it’s the thoughts in our subconscious that create change. Achievements can happen quickly with usually long-lasting, and in most cases permanent results.

Any condition, hurt, or habit that is influenced by the mind can benefit from hypnosis. You can alleviate phobias, change habits (i.e. smoking, overeating, teeth grinding, nail biting), gain self-confidence, or bring out hidden talents. You can improve your memory, concentration, creativity, and performance. You can reduce stress, overcome negative mental attitudes, gain insight into yourself and others, reduce the effects of grief and loss, and much more. The potential benefits from hypnosis are virtually unlimited.

Who can be hypnotized?

Please feel free to take our “Can I Be Hypnotized” quiz here. 97% of the population can be hypnotized. The exceptions are those who have an IQ below 70 or suffer from a significant mental impairment. People under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol should not be hypnotized while under the influence.

People of a higher intelligence level can typically be hypnotized more easily.

(Please Note: People diagnosed with epilepsy should be hypnotized with caution, as in very rare instances, hypnosis may trigger a seizure. Those with heart conditions should also avoid hypnosis sessions that evoke significant emotions.)

Is hypnosis dangerous?

No. In fact, hypnosis is your mind’s natural learning state. You actually pass through this state several times a day, always on your way to waking and again on your way to sleeping. Your hypnotist is simply your guide in this process. You have complete control over what you say and do during this process and you cannot become stuck in the hypnotic state.

(Please Note: People diagnosed with epilepsy should be hypnotized with caution, as in very rare instances, hypnosis may trigger a seizure. Those with heart conditions should also avoid hypnosis sessions that evoke significant emotions).

How does your hypnosis differ from what I see in the media?

Like anything else on TV, what’s depicted and what’s reality is often very different. Mind Matters Hypnosis Center focuses on hypnosis for positive change as opposed to entertainment. Everything we offer is designed to help you live a healthier, more productive, and enjoyable life. Stage hypnosis is for entertainment purposes only and in most cases not something the Center endorses.

What does it feel like to be hypnotized?

There are no significant physical feelings that go along with the state of hypnosis. This is because hypnosis is a state of mind, not a state of body. People often describe pleasant feelings of extreme relaxation, heaviness or lightness in limbs, hand tingling, change in temperature, or floating feeling. Almost everyone will experience some sort of time distortion where an hour session feels much shorter.

While in the hypnotic state, you will be able to hear everything, talk freely and easily, and remember everything from your session.

How long does it take to correct a problem?

Our minds operate much like a computer. The process of hypnosis allows us to change our mental software. When changes are made at the subconscious level, we operate differently, just like when we change the software in our computers.

Most issues can be resolved very quickly, within a handful of sessions; some more complex issues may take a little longer.

Why do some centers claim it takes 5-10 sessions to see results?

All centers work differently and build programs based on what they believe is the most effective. Our specialty, Root Cause hypnosis, is faster because it cleans out the old suggestions before putting in the new. It’s akin to gently cleaning out a wound so it can heal instead of putting a Band-Aid on and hoping for the best.

Highly personalized one-on-one sessions will be more effective that generic, group or pre-recorded sessions because they address your unique situation.

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and psychotherapy?

Therapeutic hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind and works directly with the subconscious mind to create positive, lasting change. Psychotherapy works primarily at the conscious level of the mind, which often allows clients to understand their actions but not change them.

A 10-minute visit with the average medical doctor can run up to $250 per visit, giving only a referral or prescription. Psychiatrists and therapists operate in a similar way. You actually save money by investing in hypnosis over other treatments. You will experience positive changes without side effects and are likely to see a drop in doctor visits, medications, and therapy appointments.

The question to ask is “What is conquering this challenge worth to me?” For many of our clients it’s actually priceless.

Can I experience a session virtually/online?

Yes. As hypnosis is a natural state of your mind, you can enter it anywhere. In fact, it’s very easy to enter a hypnotic state in a familiar environment such as your home.

For virtual sessions, you will follow your hypnotist’s suggestions via Zoom, FaceTime or Skype. You will need a stable internet connection and will need to be in a quiet place where you can remain undisturbed for the duration of the session. Mind Matters Hypnosis Center has been in business since 2002 and we’ve been offering remote sessions since then.

(Please Note: Some issues are not appropriate for remote work and for others your hypnotist may request that a friend or family member be present).

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