Hypnosis FAQs

“If you ask the right question, you’ll get the right answer.”
– Elizabeth. L. Dodge

Hypnosis is a normal state of mind in which the critical, conscious mind is bypassed to allow the acceptance of positive suggestions. It has also been described as a suspension of disbelief. Dr. Dwight Damon, President of the National Guild of Hypnotists, describes hypnosis as, “helping ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems of living.”

Is Hypnosis the same as Meditation?
It is similar in that the mind is relaxed. It is dissimilar in that the mind is directed to focus on positive suggestions, most often given by a facilitator or hypnotist, to achieve a specific outcome.

Will I do things that I don’t want to do in hypnosis?
No. Your subconscious mind which is the seat of your values and beliefs will always be in your control. In other words, you will not cluck like the proverbial chicken unless you want to!

Will I tell secrets while I’m in hypnosis?
Only if you want to.

Will I be asleep?
Hypnosis is most easily achieved by the beginner in a relaxed state. However, most likely you will not fall asleep. You can answer questions, listen to suggestions, or reposition yourself if uncomfortable. Occasionally the hypnotist will use the word “sleep,” but this is only by convention.

What if I don’t come out of hypnosis?
Even though you will be following the direction of the hypnotist in order to achieve the goals of the session, you are always in complete control of what you choose to do. So you will always be able to “come out” of the session whenever you want. In fact, if you were to perceive an emergency you would immediately take appropriate action. Occasionally, people do fall asleep during a session, but they either wake up naturally, or are asked by the hypnotist to wake up.

I don’t think I can be hypnotized.
We all undergo forms of hypnotism every day. When you daydream, become engrossed in a book or a movie, or drive down the highway and arrive at your destination without realizing exactly how you got there!
Anyone can be hypnotized IF they allow themselves to be directed by the hypnotist. People who have very low IQs,  some form of mental illness, or are very young children are generally not good candidates. People with high IQs usually respond the best.

What can hypnosis do for me?
Hypnosis, or hypnotism allows you to access your subconscious mind. This part of the mind is always active. It remembers everything, controls all the functions of the body, is the source of all creativity, and also takes imaginings very literally, as though they were real. The conscious mind, or the “critical mind,” is analytical in nature. It processes stimulus relative to our view of the world. It can also suppress information and events that we are unable or unwilling to accept. This characteristic creates limitations which hypnosis can break through. Hypnosis has been successfully used for smoking cessation, weight control, sports improvement, presentations and theatrical performance, pain management, stress and its medical conditions, study and test taking enhancement, relationships, implementation of business plans, and creative endeavors. Its uses are virtually unlimited!

I have heard of self hypnosis. So why would I need a hypnotist?
Self hypnosis is a great tool for the person who has been properly instructed in its techniques and the wording of suggestions. Generally speaking, hypnosis is not a parlor trick to be played with. Improper wording can either make suggestions ineffective, or worse, skew the real intent of the change the person thinks they are making. It is always best to start the hypnosis experience under the direction of a certified hypnotist and in person.
The more you are hypnotized, the easier it will subsequently be to go into hypnosis and the more permanent the suggestions will be.

Are the hypnotists at Mutare Hypnosis licensed?
Only about 20 states require licensing; MA is not one of them. However, our hypnotists are certified as Consulting Hypnotists by The National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). NGH is the oldest and largest continuing hypnosis organization in the world, with members from throughout the U.S. and from many foreign countries. It has established a Code of Ethics, which all members in good-standing follow.

Do you guarantee that I will be successful with hypnosis?
Since you are totally in control of your outcome, there is no way that we can guarantee your success, any more than your doctor can guarantee that he will fix your cold. The successful client comes to us with a willingness and strong desire to change. If you have realistic goals, and if you do exactly what we ask you to do and persist in it, you will greatly enhance the probability that that tipping point will become a reality. Some people regularly schedule “tune up” sessions to help stay on track. The great thing about hypnosis is that it does not require willpower (conscious effort) which over time can be easily sabotaged.

Do you do anything else to help achieve success?
When appropriate we also incorporate a very popular and easily-learned technique called EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Developed in its current form by Gary Craig in the 1970s, it is often just called “tapping,” and uses elements of psychology, hypnotism, NLP, and acupoints to uncover blockages to success in fairly quick order.

What about medical conditions?
We are not psychologists, social workers, or medical providers. If you do have a diagnosed medical condition and desire to work on it with us, you will need a referral from your medical provider that lists any restriction or contraindications for our working with your problem.  We view hypnosis as an adjunct to medical treatment, but not a replacement. You should be aware that contact with your health provider may be necessary throughout your use of hypnosis, as the process can have very positive effects which may necessitate a change in medication or treatment.

How do I get started with Mutare Hypnosis?
•    Read up on Hypnosis.  See our recommendations at the end of the lower Home page , first Column; access “(see more)”, then go to Starting Hypnosis section.
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•    Schedule an appointment for a free Consultation where you may ask any questions about Hypnosis or what the sessions may be like.
•    Reserve your date and time for your first session with a deposit. New issues generally require a minimum of 3 sessions over 4 weeks.
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