Myths, stage hypnotists, & old wives' tales…
I recently went on a trip to Scotland staying with friends near Loch Lomond. Meeting a neighbor, she enquired about my profession. When I announced that I was a clinical hypnotherapist, she immediately recoiled, squirmed and cringed. You may have thought I had told her I was a murderer, or an evil scientist by trade.
She then said that even though she had heard how powerful and effective hypnotherapy could be for ills and ailments, it was a fear of the unknown, and the mysteriousness of hypnotherapy, which led her to be afraid of this thing.
This conversation led to an interesting discussion with friends – who admittedly used to feel the exact same way. They explained that it was only through knowing me, and from previous chats we had had on the topic, that had led them to understand, appreciate, and even embrace this mysterious phenomenon of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
It made me wonder, why do people fear hypnotherapy? How can it be explained to get past the stereotypical viewpoints, and really understand, and thus benefit from this powerful treatment? Thinking of this questions is how I came up with these 5 fear factors unraveled and explained:
1. Fear of the unknown
Most of us fear what we don't know, and hypnotherapy is no exception. But in fact, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are things not to be feared, but instead to be appreciated and embraced. Being hypnotized, and being in a trance is simply being in a deeply relaxed state. All of us experience altered states and trance-like states every day of our lives. For example, when you relax in front of the TV, when looking at the stars, or just before you fall asleep at night.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis to guide people into a deeply relaxed state. The therapeutic work carried out in this deeply relaxed state is what is called hypnotherapy. When we are relaxed, we are more conducive to heal and change.
2. Stage hypnotists and the chicken dance!
Stage artists have really given hypnosis a bad name in the sense that people now associate this form of entertainment with hypnotherapy. Please know that these two things could not be more different. There is nothing wrong or harmful about stage hypnosis, it is simply entertainment; and like hypnotherapy, it is completely safe. However, it has a time and a place, and it is not the form which hypnotherapy takes.
Hypnotherapy is used to help people relax so they can heal, change, and transform their own lives using the power of their own subconscious mind. It has nothing to do with doing the chicken dance in front of an audience.
3. Relaxation, sleep, or being controlled?
Most people think that when they are hypnotized they will feel uncomfortable, everything will be out of their control, they will be told what to do/think/feel, and they may be fast asleep. Well, none of these are correct.
In fact, you will feel completely relaxed at all times. Most people are disappointed when they are brought out of a trance. As they enjoyed it that much, feeling so relaxed, they want to stay there longer.
You are always in control. You can never be told what to do. Your subconscious mind always knows what is best for you. Therefore, it will only allow you to do the things which are in your best interests. Our subconscious mind accounts for 90% of our entire mind, and it is our most powerful asset. Sadly, it is human being's most under-used resource! Hypnotherapy helps you tap into this powerful resource.
You will be awake at all times during a hypnotherapy session, and you will hear everything your hypnotherapist says. Although, you may not be consciously aware of their voice or what they are saying the whole time, your subconscious mind will have heard everything it needs to hear!
You may feel that you are drifting in and out of sleep, but at all times you will be awake and in control. And you can bring yourself fully out of a trance at any time. Hypnosis simply guides you into a deeply relaxed state where you can fully change and transform your life.
4. Simplicity - How can something so simple be so life-changing?
Many people are amazed by the simplicity yet effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. A study by the American Health Magazine has compared it with other types of therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychoanalysis Therapy, and the results are amazing.
Hypnotherapy is by far the leading therapy for fast, effective and lasting results with a 93% recovery after just six sessions. That said, its simplicity and ease of treatment, means that clients and patients alike, often only need one session for a long-standing issue to be fully resolved and healed.
5. Disbelief - In awe of its success!
Is hypnotherapy simply too good to be true? Well, seeing is believing. And I can honestly say that I have seen people come to me with issues, problems and illness that have plagued them for decades and after one hypnotherapy session their lives have completely changed!
Ill-health, insomnia, obesity, panic attacks, anxiety, stress, addictions, fears, phobias, to name a few, have all dropped away, as if vanishing into thin air. Clients have walked away with a fresh sense of purpose, with a renewed vigor, a boost in confidence, and a deepened motivation for life and living!
You may have more fear factors, and other reasons why you are too afraid at this moment in time to consult a hypnotherapist. You might need help you to lose weight, stop smoking, treat anxiety/stress/panic attacks, gain confidence/self-esteem, relax, get a promotion, treat ill-health, improve your sleep pattern, remove a fear or phobia, or change & transform your life. If that’s the case, be sure to check out the Paris St. Cloud retreats’ where not only will you be treated to invigorating yoga sessions but also a taste of hypnotheraphy!
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