Misconceptions About Hypnotherapy

You are asleep or unconscious when hypnotized

When in trance breathing is slow and deep, eyes may be closed or open, muscles are relaxed and there is minimal movement giving the impression that a person in trance is asleep or unconscious, this however is NOT the case. When in trance a person is fully aware of their surroundings, they can hear everything that is going on around them, have their normal thoughts and are in full control of their body and mind.

Hypnosis is caused only by the power of the Hypnotherapist

Some people believe that a Hypnotherapist or Hypnotist has some sort of magic power and a person can only be hypnotized by the power of the Hypnotherapist, this is simply NOT true. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. The common person takes themselves in and out of trance severa l times a day without even knowing it. What a hypnotherapist does is simply lead the person in to a state of relaxation so that the person can easily access the state of trance. And it is while in that state of trance, the trained Hypnotherapist guides you to the resources already in your mind that can help you overcome your challenges.

You have no control over your body or what is happening when in a trance

This would have to be one of the most common misconceptions that wider society holds today. Most people have seen stage shows where a person is hypnotized and made to ‘bruck’ like a chicken or act like a dog etc. The Stage Hypnotist is able to encourage these people do these things because quite simply at some level in their conscious mind the person wants to.