The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about hypnosis and our services and will help clear up any misconceptions some may have about hypnotism:
What is hypnosis?
It is a pleasant, voluntary, state of relaxed attentive concentration, an altered state of consciousness, during which the doorway to the subconscious, inner mind is opened with a person’s permission. In this comfortable state, suggestibility is heightened, mental absorption is increased, the senses are heightened, and the imagination is activated in a controlled manner. The inner mind is more receptive to acceptable, beneficial suggestions.
Can a person be hypnotized against his will?
No. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. You must be a willing subject. Your hypnotist must have your full cooperation in order for it to work.
Will a hypnotized person perform any anti-social, criminal or immoral acts while under Hypnosis?
No. People who are hypnotized will not do anything in Hypnosis that they would not do in the waking state. Hypnosis is not a master-slave relationship. When you are in hypnosis, you are aware of everything that is going on and you continue to retain your values and morals.
How much does this cost?
The initial phone consultation is FREE. During the consultation, we will discuss your situation and goals at length and determine what approaches are best to take for your unique set of circumstances. At that point, based on the findings, a plan will be customized for you, the number sessions needed determined and an exact quote given. The first session is usually 2 hours and costs $250, while subsequent sessions are 1 hour and cost $150.
Does a weak-minded person make a better subject than a strong-minded person?
No. Strength of mind really has little to do with it. Either a weak-minded or strong minded person who resists will make a poor hypnotic subject. On the other hand, a weak or strong-minded person who cooperates will be a good subject. Cooperation is the key. However, because Hypnosis helps a person gain greater control over both mind and body, it can help a person develop a stronger mind.
What is “Virtual” Hypnosis?
Virtual Hypnosis is the same as traditional hypnosis, except it is done over the phone instead of in person. Virtual hypnosis comes with all of the benefits of in-person hypnosis with the added benefit of convenience for you. It works just as well, if not better than in person hypnosis because you are already in a comfortable environment and there is less adjustment needed psychologically to get you into a relaxed state.
Will I be asleep?
No. When a person is in Hypnosis, he is not asleep. He or she is very much aware of all that is going on. In actuality, in Hypnosis, one’s senses become heightened and more acute. Of course, if a person is tired, it is possible to fall asleep during hypnosis. However, then, the subject is asleep and no longer in hypnosis. In actuality, when this occurs, the state of sleep is a light but relaxing state of sleep. A simple suggestion to wake up given by the hypnotist is all that is required to rouse up the subject and bring the hypnotic state back.
Is it possible that a subject could not be brought out of Hypnosis?
No it is not possible. You cannot get stuck in Hypnosis because you do not lose control when you are hypnotized. Hypnosis is a cooperative relationship. When you are hypnotized, you retain full control over your mind and your body. Sometimes, people feel so relaxed and comfortable in Hypnosis that they may wish to remain in that state for a little longer. However, a simple suggestion for awakening (or alerting) is all that is needed to bring a subject back into the Waking State even if the subject has fallen asleep. Additionally, when the hypnotist stops talking, the subject will soon awaken on his own. Most importantly, you can come out of hypnosis any time you want because you always maintain control.
Will I tell any secrets under hypnosis?
No. Hypnosis is not a truth serum. You retain full control over what you say. Subjects in Hypnosis reveal no secrets in the Hypnotic State that they would not reveal (because they want to) in the Waking State.
Can a person in Hypnosis be made to bark like a dog or cluck like a chicken?
No. This is not what happens in Therapeutic Hypnosis. On the other hand, volunteers during Stage Hypnosis Show, which is for entertainment purposes only, will typically go along with the Stage Hypnotist’s suggestions as long as it is all in good fun and for entertainment purposes. This is not the context of Therapeutic Hypnosis, which is the type of hypnosis we do here. The hypnosis done here is in the interest of your goals and not anything like stage hypnotism you may see on TV.
How many sessions do I need?
The number of sessions you may need is based on your goals. Your hypnosis plan will be customized to suit your unique needs to get the best results. Most goals require 3 or 4 sessions for maximum effectiveness, each being a few days or a week apart. Hypnosis is about repetition, so your goals will not usually be fully met just after one session, although you may see results right away. There are others who will claim to be able to solve everything in one session, however those results are often short lived and not full solutions for the long term. With the consistency of multiple sessions, you get the benefit of repetition, which is what your subconscious mind needs in order to make lasting changes.
What do I need for the hypnosis session?
You will need to be in a quiet space for the hypnosis session, as hypnosis requires a quiet, relaxed state with limited interruptions. It is suggested that in preparation for your session, you select a time where you will be free from interruptions and minimal outside noise, wear comfortable clothes, have a bluetooth or headset so you don’t have to hold the phone and sit or lie on something that allows you to rest your head. Most clients sit in reclining chairs or couches, while other prefer to lay on a bed with their head propped up. It is also perfectly normal for some clients to even do the hypnosis session while sitting in their car during a lunch break. You can be as creative as you need to. This is the benefit of doing your hypnosis over the phone!
What is the best age for being hypnotized?
People can be hypnotized at any age. However, to use the Virtual Hypnosis Center, you must be over 18 years of age. Or have consent from a parent or guardian.
Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone who can pay attention and follow instructions can be hypnotized if they want to be. People will vary however, as to the extent or depth to which they can be hypnotized.
What about the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable?
Anyone who can daydream can be hypnotized if they are willing. No one can be hypnotized against their will. If a person is not willing to cooperate, they cannot be hypnotized. However, the idea that some people are just not hypnotizable is INCORRECT. Some patients may initially have problems with feeling that they may lose control. This may lead them to intellectually second guess and over analyze what is going on. Thinking too much will interfere with relaxing enough to enter the hypnotic state.
What are the requirements of a person being able to be hypnotized?
They are mainly the desire to be hypnotized and to experience Hypnosis, the ability to concentrate, the willingness to cooperate and follow instructions, and the relative absence of mistrust and fear. Having a good rapport with your hypnotist helps to alleviate any obstacles and makes the hypnosis process enjoyable.
Is deep Hypnosis necessary?
For most purposes, deep Hypnosis is not necessary. For most purposes, in a therapeutic setting, a light degree of Hypnosis is all that is necessary for experiencing the therapeutic benefits of Hypnosis. In other words, we typically do not need or aim for Deep Trance. The therapeutic subject (the client) is awake and aware of everything that is going on, but very relaxed.