What happens during a hypnosis session?
This video shows a typical hypnosis session (in German):
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a technique to induce the hypnotic trance state, also called alpha state. The hypnotic trance usually brings together physical relaxation and mental concentration in the form of vivid images.
Hypnosis is a state of pleasant relaxation. The sense of time is lost, the surroundings become more and more unimportant – but the mind is very clear and focussed. It is a natural state of your mind, which is able to completely relax.
In this very pleasant state, we can access our subconscious’ resources and its magnificent ability to find creative solutions, which enables us to solve personal problems and initiate positive changes. Hypnosis causes neural relaxation which results in the stimulation of the immune system and stops the release of stress hormones, which is beneficial for the whole body.
Every single day we experience trance states – and in most instances we do not even realise it. When reading a great book, listening to music, at the cinema, watching television, or even when driving, almost everyone knows the strange feeling: what have I actually done in the last 10 minutes?
We react automatically, like we’re in a trance, while our thoughts are elsewhere.
Watch this short video in which I explain (in German) what hypnosis is, how it works and feels:
Can I be hypnotised?
Every sane person who is willing to try it can be hypnotised. With the right preparation accessing hypnosis is easy. Everyone is in a short hypnotic state at least twice daily – just before falling asleep and just before waking up!
Why does hypnosis work?
When your subconscious is in deep relaxation as experienced during hypnosis, it can be directly accessed to anchor suggestions intended to bring about the desired change. The advantage is that the filters of your conscious mind can be bypassed and your subconscious can be ‘reprogrammed’ while you are pleasantly relaxed.
What does hypnosis feel like?
Do you remember the feeling of dozing or daydreaming? Or the relaxed feeling while lying on your sofa at noon for a small break? Or when you’re engrossed in a book, or a movie? If you do, you already know how hypnosis feels. It is a feeling of pleasant deep relaxation. You are conscious and you will hear everything I say.
Am I still able to control my body and mind during hypnosis?
Yes, at all times. You have control over your body and your mind. During hypnosis you are mentally alert and can decide at any time if and when you want to leave the state of relaxation.
For example, if the fire alarm goes off in the cinema and you smell smoke, then you would get up and leave the cinema although the film continues. Our subconscious protects us even in the hypnotic state!
Show hypnosis and false representations of hypnosis in (children's) books and television programmes have created a false image of hypnosis. In those representations, it seems that the hypnotised person is under the control of hypnotist. But that is not the case.
Will hypnosis take away my willpower?
If anything, it is a sign of strength of will if you allow yourself to let go while being completely relaxed at the same time. You are not will-less but focussed and relaxed! Show hypnosis and false representations of hypnosis in (children's) books and television programmes have created a false image of hypnosis. In those representations, it seems that the hypnotised person is under the control of hypnotist. But that is not the case.
Furthermore, you will not tell any secrets that you want to keep, and will not do things that are against your principles or morals.
Hypnosis is not like fainting or being unconscious. While in a trance state, you are focussed, thus you will hear every word. No one can force you to do things that you would refuse to do in the awake state. You will only accept suggestions if you agree with them. In case danger arises, your subconscious can terminate the hypnosis within a split second, even if you are in very deep trance.
It is very important that the desired changes reflect your own desire and not the will of others (your partner, children, doctor, etc.). Hypnosis is team work and cooperation. I guide you into the hypnotic state, in which you gain access to your subconscious. You will be very focussed and you can initiate great changes with my help.
Is it possible that I won’t wake up?
As hypnosis is very different from sleep, ‘waking up’ is not a suitable term to use. The truth is that throughout the whole session you are aware of what is happening around you. Even if I would not guide you out of hypnosis, after some time you would return to the normal state of mind on your own. There is no known case of anyone who remained forever in the hypnotic state.
However, it may be that you enjoy hypnosis so much that you would like to stay in this pleasant state much longer. In that case, I can teach you self-hypnosis.
How will I feel after hypnosis? Can I drive afterwards?
You will feel relaxed, rested, and full of energy. After your hypnosis session, you can drive and continue your regular day.
However, experience has shown that it makes sense to give yourself some time and to review your experiences before you move on with your busy day.
Who should not be hypnotised?
Since I offer non-medical hypnosis only, it is not possible for me to carry out hypnosis where the following criteria apply:
- heavy drinking or drug abuse
- organic brain impairment
- serious or compulsive personality disorders
- cardiac failure
- any type of dementia
- any type of mental illness
- severe obsessive-compulsive disorders
- psychotic states
What does a hypnosis session cost?
Please refer to the page Rates for detailed information.
How do I book a hypnosis session?
Step 1: You register with me by phone and we will discuss your motivation and initial questions. This initial consultation is free of charge.
Step 2: We arrange an appointment for your hypnosis session, if you wish to proceed. This appointment is only provisional at this time.
Step 3: After the phone call, I will send you an e-mail with a link to the registration questionnaire. Please complete this in full and take your time, as it is part of your preparation for our first session.
Step 4: Then you will receive the confirmation e-mail, including all relevant information and preparation for our meeting. Your appointment is now binding.
Step 5: At the agreed time, we meet in my practice. In a preliminary chat, we clarify open questions and talk in great detail about your topic. After this, it is time for your hypnosis. As I incorporate statements that you made in our detailed preliminary chat into your hypnosis, the success rate of the hypnosis is many times higher.
Step 6: You feel relaxed after the session! After the first session, some patients already feel so much better that they don't need any follow-up appointments. However, this depends on your individual topic. For some deeper issues, two follow-up appointments are usually necessary, but this is your decision. I would recommend waiting two days to see how you feel before you make a decision. For the non-smoker hypnosis, only one session is necessary.
Further information about hypnosis
… can be found on websites like Wikipedia.