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How hypnosis works

Our understanding of hypnosis has advanced a great deal in the past century but scientists still do not agree about the exact physiological and psychological nature of hypnosis or why people behave differently in a hypnotic trance.

We know however that hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness between being asleep and being awake with the characteristics of relaxation, mental alertness, heightened imagination and susceptibility to suggestions.

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Lower brainwave frequency

Wide awake or hypnotized, the brain produces different brainwaves, rhythms of electrical voltage, depending on the mental state. When you enter hypnosis, there seems to be changed activity in the brain with lower brainwave frequency.

This has for result to subdue the left hemisphere associated to the conscious mind, reducing its analytical role in the thinking process.

In contrast, the right hemisphere of the brain associated with the subconscious mind takes over engaging imagination, creativity and suggestibility in a more vivid way. The level of openness to suggestion determines the “intensity” of hypnosis.

The hypnotic induction

The method for inducing or producing the hypnotic state is technically called a hypnotic induction. It is the first step in any hypnosis procedure. It is allowing yourself to relax without resistance, focusing on one idea.

How it works is based on a very simple principle: when people focus their attention and become very absorbed on a single object or idea, they become more able to change how they feel.

An altered state of consciousness

Depths of trance

A trance is not like an on-off switch. People enter a hypnotic trance gradually, and they experience different levels or depths of trance.

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Referencing to depth is a little easier to conceptualize. However, what we are really trying to achieve are levels of intensity and suggestibility. Deepening occurs when instructions are given to intensify the hypnotic experience going deeper into trance, calming the mind by lowering even more its brainwave frequency.

Responsiveness to hypnosis

Some people can achieve a deep level easily; others only after more practice. Like anything, practice is the key to success!

During our first hypnotherapy session, I always take the time to do a few exercises of responsiveness to hypnosis. This helps to gain confidence allowing yourself to let go, eliminating any doubt in your willingness to go into hypnotic trance.

In the meantime, just for fun, please take a moment to answer a few of my questions:
How hypnotizable are you?

Be assured that by following my instructions and guidance, keeping an open mind without being analytical of every word that I say, you will enter the hypnotic state and tremendously enjoy your experience.

Hypnosis misconceptions

Can I be hypnotized against my will? “NO!”

First, you need to have a desire to be hypnotized. Offering no resistance, having the belief it is going to happen, any individual of average or higher intelligence, free of neurological deficiencies, can let go and succeed to go into a hypnotic state, be hypnotized.

hypnosis how it worksIn fact, the old myth of the weak-minded person being more susceptible to be hypnotized is the opposite of reality. The more creative and intelligent a person’s mind is, the easier it will be to enter a hypnotic state.

Will I loose control? “NO!”

Being into hypnotic trance does not make you want to do anything you find offensive, embarrassing or dangerous. The subconscious mind still has a survival instinct, so it will not accept immoral suggestions without a protest.

Can I be stuck in trance? “NO!”

No one has ever been stuck in hypnosis. Even if the hypnotherapist vanishes or worst dies while having you hypnotized, something I am not planning to, nothing would happen.

Left alone, after a short period of time (10-20 minutes) not hearing my voice, you would simply become bored. Your reaction would be to open your eyes or you would simply decide to fall asleep, waking up later after a short sleeping cycle. This will not happen since you continuously hear my voice as a guiding help.
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All my services are for educational and self-improvement purposes only. Hypnotherapy is not the practice of medicine or psychotherapy and is, therefore, not offered as a replacement for counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatric or medical treatment. When dealing with physical and/or mental illness or disease, always consult a qualified physician or therapist. Statements and products offered on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. Hypnosis recordings are not recommended for people suffering from mental disorders.