Hypnosis, when mentioned in conversation, creates varied reactions in people. There are many misconceptions about hypnosis.

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a natural state of mind and is perhaps best defined as “guided meditation”. Many of us enter a meditative or “trance” state while listening to music, watching TV, or while reading. It is simply a slower brainwave state, characterized by extraordinary physical and mental relaxation. This enables the Conscious critical mind to become an observer, while the gateway for direct communication with the Subconscious mind opens. This allows the hypnotherapist to assist their clients to make changes at a deep Subconscious level needed for permanent change. Hypnosis is empowering.

Why does hypnosis work?

The Conscious mind is that part of the mind that allows us to reason, solve problems and make decisions; it accounts for only about 10% of our mind’s power. That explains why our
“will power” so often fails us when we depend on it to help us make changes in ourselves.
The Subconscious mind is the feeling part of us which contains all our emotions, memories, habits, belief systems, and controls all of our internal organs. It accounts for 90% of our
mental power.

Our Subconscious mind is unable to reason or rationalize. It does not know the difference between right or wrong, but does what we instruct or “program” it to do. If we tell it we are competent people, we will be. If we tell it that we are inferior, that is what we will become.

Most of our programming takes place during our childhood before we develop our ability to reason. This explains why some of our earlier belief systems no longer serve us as they
once did.

If during childhood we are praised, encouraged and supported, we will develop a healthy self-esteem, but if we are put down and criticized we will develop a poor self-esteem.

Fortunately, most of the programming we received as children serves us well as adults, but we also received negative programming, usually put there unknowingly by parents, teachers
and peers.

The negative programming is what holds us back as adults. It determines our self-esteem, our confidence level, whether we succeed in reaching our goals and how we react to situations and stressors in life.

Hypnosis allows us to go back and replace any negative programming with positive systems of our choosing. The process of hypnosis gives us the power to utilize 100% of our mental resources to make the changes in ourselves that we desire.

What does it feel like?

Hypnosis is always accompanied by an extraordinary sense of physical relaxation. Every muscle in your body becomes pleasantly relaxed and all tension disappears. Hypnosis is not sleep; your mind is quite aware of what is taking place. In fact, your mind is in an expanded state of awareness. Most people find the experience extremely pleasant.

Who can be hypnotized?

Hypnosis is simply a relaxation process. In fact, every healthy individual goes into and out of the same brain wave you are in while hypnotized, each and every day. You have experienced a form of hypnosis any time you have daydreamed, driven the route home “mindlessly”, or cried while watching a movie. If willing, anyone can be hypnotized.

Can I be made to do something against
my will?

You maintain the ability to reject any suggestion given to you while in hypnosis. No one can make you do anything against your will. You are always in control of your own mind and body. The hypnotherapist is simply a facilitator.

Can I get stuck in HYPNOSIS?

No! Absolutely not! Remember, hypnosis is a perfectly natural state of mind. It is part of our brain wave cycle, as are sleep and fully conscious states. You maintain control.

Will I be unconscious?

No, you are simply in a dual state of mind where the Subconscious and Conscious minds overlap. You are actually in an expanded state of awareness.

What are some of the Conditions that will Benefit from Hypnosis?
  • Quitting smoking
  • Emotional or binge eating
  • Fears or phobias

Hypnotherapy is provided by Dr. Laura Stix. Get more information/ FAQ’s regarding hypnotherapy HERE.