Kate Waring - answers to frequently asked questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy
How does hypnosis work?
Hypnosis is not about being asleep it’s about being suggestible. We are given or give ourselves unconscious suggestions throughout our lives which result in the formation of limiting beliefs and ultimately life limiting habits. We can’t fix what we don’t understand and being in a state of hypnosis allows us to retrieve the answers.
During Hypnotherapy I use techniques to take the client into a state of hypnosis otherwise known as being in an Alpha brain wave pattern. In normal waking life we are operating in Beta brain wave patterns; this is our logical and critical conscious mind. However in Alpha mode we are able to access the vast data bank of our subconscious mind, opening up the answers to questions we simply don’t have access to when we’re in our normal logical Beta mode of thinking.
What does Hypnosis feel like?
Being in a hypnotic state feels relaxing. Hypnosis is a natural state, like day dreaming and also similar to meditation.
Being in hypnosis this means that you have access to your subconscious memories and so are able to unlock and make sense of thoughts and feelings that are not available when you’re operating in your conscious mode.
It’s important to state that you cannot re-live memories but hypnosis does allow you to review those memories in order to help make sense of them.
Can anyone be hypnotised?
Hypnosis is a natural state of being. Have you ever driven down the road and suddenly thought, ‘I don’t remember driving those last few miles?’
That’s because you have a subconscious programme that allows you to get into the car turn on the ignition and drive. You’ve done this so many times before that you no longer have to think about it when you get in the car. You have a subconscious programme running that allows you drive your car; sometimes without even realising you’re doing it at the time. But if there was a sudden emergency then you would be able to instantly snap back to attention.
If you’ve ever been totally engrossed in a book or TV show and suddenly become aware that someone has been trying to get your attention? – That is a form of hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a totally natural state for the human mind to be in. You pass through the hypnotic state whenever you go to sleep and awaken again. These are great times of the day to set positive intentions for yourself as you are allowing the thought to enter straight into your subconscious mind whilst in this brainwave state.
So the answer to this is yes. Everyone to some degree can be hypnotised.
How long will it be before I see a change in myself?
There are three ways in which people experience changes in themselves:
The first group are those that a change immediately. They listen daily to the recording and realise for example that they immediately feel more confident, or that they want to go to the gym more or notice that they now want to do the things they previously feared.
The second group notice the cumulative effect. Moment by moment bit by bit they gradually notice the changes seeping in and locking in to their lives. They notice that they are gradually changing their self-talk which results in slower but steady and sure positive change.
A third group of people experience retroactive change. They look back after a period of time and notice that they are no longer criticising themselves or they notice it’s more natural to talk to themselves kindly or a friend brings to their attention how different and more confident they seem to be or how easy it’s become to say no to unhealthy food and yes to food that is good for you.
*It is essential in any type of therapy clients to want to effect positive change in their lives and to actively participate in their recovery.
* Individual results are not guaranteed and results can vary.
Kate Waring 2018