Each school of hypnosis seems to offer a different definition of hypnosis. And, undoubtedly, as more is learned about hypnosis, the definition will continue to change. But in most general terms hypnosis is a heightened state of suggestibility. It is usually brought about by way of a hypnotic induction. The individual who is hypnotised may look as if she is asleep, but she is not. Or, she may appear to be in a normal state of consciousness with her eyes wide open. But the well trained hypnotherapist does not confuse hypnosis with sleep.
Just about everyone can be hypnotised. In fact, almost everyone already has been hypnotised. Hypnosis is really a normal and frequent state of mind for human beings. It is simply an open minded state. It often occurs when we are in a relaxed and focused condition. We often experience spontaneous states of hypnosis while day dreaming or driving in a car, called highway hypnosis.
Everyday people with normal intelligence are perfect candidates for hypnosis.
Hypnosis was recognised by the medical professions in the UK and USA in the 1950s. It has been around a very long while and there is no record of anyone every being stuck in hypnosis. You can emerge your self from the session at any time you choose.
Hypnosis is not sleep. You are generally relaxed, your eyes are closed but your attention is focussed. Your hypnotherapist may use the term ''sleep', a hangover from years gone by, just look and act like sleep and you will have a wonderful session. Go to sleep and you will miss the session and you will still be billed :-)
Most hypnosis session you will experience very deep relaxation. Your hypnotherapist will ensure you are full emerged and ware before you leave the office.
I allow 90 minutes per session. There is a pretalk and post talk and the sessions itself. Each session is individually planned for each Client. They can be longer or shorter.
Many Health Funds are now onboard recognising Hypnosis as a complimentary therapy. A list of supporting funds is available from your Hypnotherapist. There is also a form letter available if you wish to petition your Health Fund.