There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis may be thought of as simply focused thought and most of us are in states of hypnosis throughout the day whether we realise it or not. Imagine someone engrossed in a book. They are so focused on what they are reading they do not hear someone talking to them. That is a form of hypnosis.
Imagine that you are getting ready for bed one evening and I wonder if this has ever happened to you. So you notice that you have a scratch or a bruise. You may have been focused so much on what you were doing earlier on in the day that you hypnotically anaesthetised yourself unknowingly and then wonder in the evening how that bruise or scratch got there.
So most people unknowingly enter in and out of states of hypnosis (focused thought or selected thinking) much of the day.
The good news is that a well trained and experienced hypnotherapist can use this amazing ability of your mind to focus and guide you into deep states of relaxation. During this process you are not asleep just deeply relaxed and probably more aware than in your normal waking state.
It is perfectly safe, and you cannot get stuck in hypnosis. At any time if you wish you can bring yourself out of this state. But from experience most people enjoy this wonderful deep feeling of relaxation.
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