What is Hypnosis and what are the benefits?

There are many definitions of hypnosis, but in simple terms, Hypnosis is a natural state of heightened awareness and focus.  In this state (between sleeping and waking), we increase our mind’s ability to accept positive suggestions while experiencing a deep state of rest (mind & body).  It can be likened to a guided day dream.

Consequently, hypnosis can be a powerful tool for self-improvement and continuous personal growth.  A hypnotic state is the optimum state for creating change in your life.  During hypnosis, you can set aside all those limiting beliefs that have been preventing you from moving towards a healthier, happier you.

Can anyone be hypnotized?
Contrary to popular belief, almost everyone can be hypnotized. No one has ever been harmed by hypnosis.  Hypnosis is something you and I do each and every day.  Think about the last time that you watched a good movie which moved you to tears or frightened you to death.  When you suspend reality and allow yourself to get caught up in a movie, you are in a state of hypnosis.  When you daydream while driving and miss your turn, you are in a place of hypnosis.  When you are so involved in what you are doing that you don’t notice being cut or bruised, you are in a deep state of hypnosis.

If you can dream, if you can follow simple instructions, if you have a willingness to experience joy, remain motivated and open to the possibilities, then ‘YES’  you can be hypnotized.

How Does Hypnosis Feel?
Every person will feel differently while in hypnosis, but they nearly all report feeling calmer, happier and more energetic.

During the session, some clients report the following sensations:

  • Tingling in fingertips or limbs
  • Numbness
  • Sense of being light and floating away from your body
  • A heavy feeling like sinking into the furniture
  • Enhanced or increased emotional awareness
  • Fluttering in eyelids
  • Sleepiness

What should I expect to happen during my session?
Respectful practitioners do not snap their fingers at you, nor speak in a condescending manner. They treat you with the importance you deserve. After all, their business depends on you and others like you, who seek a better life.

Hypnotherapy should be tailored to you, the individual. No two problems, and certainly no two people, however similar, are identical. Settle for nothing less than personalized service.

At the end of the session, you may feel relaxed but that is not entirely necessary nor is it a critical element of the process.  For some issues it is actually more desirable for a session to be infused with energy and enthusiasm (for example, motivation and sport performance).    If you want to accomplish an objective or task, leaving sleepy is not always useful.

Will I be able to drive after?
Hypnosis is simply a state of deep relaxation, although you may feel like you have been sleeping, you will be completely alert and able to drive comfortably following all sessions.
How long is a typical session?

Although we cannot speak for other Hypnotherapists, at Inspiring Minds Consulting, a first session usually runs about 90 minutes in duration (max).  These include a pre-talk or consult.  During this time, all questions are answered and an action plan is designed.  If, for any reason, the client or practitioner feels uncomfortable in the first 20 minutes, the session will not proceed and no charges will be applied.

Subsequent appointments run 40 minutes to an hour.  Exceptions:  chronic pain and children.  These are usually completed in 30 – 45 minutes for every session.


Hypnotherapy can successfully help with any of the following challenges:

Addictions – alcohol, drugs, smoking, shopping
Lifestyle – weight loss, sport, business and sexual performance, self discipline, etc
Perspective – sadness, confidence, relaxation, stress, wealth and prosperity, fears and phobias
Health & Vitality – pain relief, chronic conditions, asthma & allergies, migraines, pregnancy
Students –  Studying, exam anxiety, greater focus & memory, Dyslexia, ADD & ADHD

So how does someone select a Hypnotherapist to work with?

There is no 100% fool-proof method of selecting the right hypnotherapist, any more than there is a guaranteed way to select the right lawyer, physician, accountant, or plumber.

When it comes to working with a hypnosis or hypnotherapy, the most important factor of consideration is trust and likability.  Do you feel comfortable talking with this person about your most intimate challenges and fears?  Your success rate will require not only the skill of the therapist but also your overall level of comfort with the process.  Personality factors, particular problems or differing ideologies may interfere with rapport, so be sure you feel comfortable before proceeding with any treatment protocols. If you feel uneasy, it may be a sign that he or she is not good for you.

5 tips to consider as you embark on your search for a good fit:

1.  Start with a personal recommendation if possible
If you know someone who has seen a hypnotherapist before, then you might choose to accept their recommendation to see a particular hypnotherapist. If you are fortunate enough to have a recommended hypnotherapist it will help you feel more confident and probably help you feel more relaxed with the therapist.

2.  National Hypnotherapist Associations
If you do not have details of a recommended hypnotherapist, your next choice is to contact one or more of the professional hypnotherapy associations.  Any hypnotherapist that has membership of these organizations would have had to supply confirmation of their training and their indemnity insurance at the very least.  Hypnotherapists that are members of these organizations have to follow strict codes of conduct and ethics.  
A way of tracing national hypnotherapy organizations is via the internet’s search engines. Simply type the words “hypnotherapy association” and you will given a list of the websites for these bodies.

3.  Experience of Hypnotherapist with your issue
In your assessment of which hypnotherapist to visit, knowing how much experience the hypnotherapist has in resolving your issue will be important. This can help your confidence in knowing that you are receiving treatment from a hypnotherapist who understands and has successfully helped similar issues.

4.  Rapport
A crucial part of deciding to see any hypnotherapist is your impressions about them once you have made contact. The contact may be by telephone or it may be at the consultation. The hypnotherapist should help you feel comfortable and respected.  We are all different and sometimes some clients and hypnotherapists recognize that it would be best not to work together. If this is true the hypnotherapist will normally suggest other hypnotherapists to contact.

5.  Price
The fee for any hypnotherapy session will be an important consideration for most people.  Fees, even between hypnotherapists in the same location, can vary quite substantially. These differences are often because of factors such as experience and the hypnotherapist’s cost for providing a room for the hypnosis session.  Be careful not to select a therapist on price alone.  A very low fee per session may sound attractive, but, in monetary terms, it is the total number of sessions which will count in the end. In human terms, becoming well makes even a high fee seem like a bargain.

Remember, when looking for a reputable hypnotherapist to work with, it is important to do your homework and trust your instincts.