Every time I hypnotize a patient, I go under myself. Fortunately, I only go into the very lightest state of hypnosis, I am fully aware of it, and I can control it-otherwise my poor patients would come up to find me in a trance state at my desk ;). I am convinced that this tendency to drift into light trance actually makes my sessions better; I feel like I connect with patients on a deeper level and am better able to give them what they need. Efficacy aside, one huge bonus for me is that I end up taking in a lot of the suggestions that I give, if they apply to me and I truly want them to incorporate into my life. In the very beginning, I ran a promotion for weight-loss, and so I began to do many, many sessions of hypnosis for this over the course of a few weeks. In just a week, I started to notice that all of my clothes were looser. Even though I wasn't doing anything different, I started to lose weight. At first I was confused, and then I realized that I had been basically hypnotizing myself as well, thirty or forty times a week. How could I not drop pounds after all that weight-loss hypnosis?
Since I can remember, I have always had a sweet tooth. I just tend to gravitate toward sweets, more than anything else. I have a bakery right next door to my office, and now there is a specialty cupcake shop two minutes from my house. However, I haven't set foot in either place since last year, and I suspect that it is due to all of the anti-sugar-craving hypnosis I do. Nothing else in my life has changed, but I just don't crave it like I used to.
A few weeks ago I hypnotized someone, and part of the script was about having a feeling of lightness, almost as if they were floating through life. The next day, I woke up and had difficulty feeling my legs. Not in a bad way; it was the same sensation I get when I have a lot of massage work done on my lower body. There's this wonderful point where there is so little tension in the area, my legs and feet don't feel attached to me anymore. That was how I woke up, and that feeling stayed with me most of the day. It was so pronounced that I felt driven to contact my patient to see if she was feeling anything strange in her own legs!
This stuff really works. How can I ever doubt it, when I can so clearly see the results on myself, every day? And I'm not even the one getting the session! I can't even imagine how I would feel during a full session of hypnoacupuncture; I only wish that someone else was out there doing this so I could enjoy the experience myself.