Hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, is a way to bypass the conscious mind to access the subconscious, which is where permanent positive changes take place. The client enters a state of relaxation that is deep enough to to allow the subconscious to take over. While they are in this state, positive suggestions are given. These suggestions will become ingrained behavior, if the client desires it to be so.
What can I use hypnotherapy for?
Hypnotherapy can be used to either create positive habits, or to end negative ones. It is most commonly used for smoking cessation and weight-loss, but truly, the possibilities are endless. Hypnosis can conquer habits such as nail-biting and hair-pulling, fears and phobias, and self-defeating behavior patterns. It can also be used to build confidence and self-esteem, help with learning, and boost the memory.
Will I be unconscious? I’m nervous about someone having control over me!
The only one in control during a hypnosis session is you! Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation; it is very deep relaxation, but you never lose awareness of what is going on. You are not sleeping, and you are not unconscious. It is not magic, or mind-control; it is simply a way to utilize the most powerful tool at your disposal: the power of your subconscious.
Why would I want to combine hypnosis with acupuncture?
For certain scenarios, such as weight-loss and smoking cessation, a multi-dimensional approach can be more effective. An acupuncture session that is designed to address the issue, combined with hypnosis, can be a powerful way to create permanent changes. Acupuncture also helps to promote the state of relaxation necessary to enable you to slip easily into a hypnotic state.
Is hypnotherapy safe?
Again, you the one in charge of the session. As the recipient of hypnosis, you retain your free will, and can choose to accept or reject any suggestion given to you. You cannot be made to do anything that you are unwilling to do, and you will be in a safe, secure environment during the session.