During your first session, Garry will take a detailed history of your case, of past and current treatments and of any more general matters that you may feel are relevant. You will be given a full explanation of what will happen during sessions and review what you are trying to achieve.
In the first and following sessions, you will sit on a recliner, making sure that you are comfortable, while Garry guides you into a feeling of deep relaxation. This state of relaxation is usually achieved simply by talking quietly with music in the background.
Being hypnotized is similar to dozing off to sleep, being very peaceful and calm. The word ’sleep’ is often used but in this context, it means a dreamlike, hypnotic sleep and not a natural sleep. It feels like when you are dozing off while watching TV. You know you should get up and go to bed, but it feels so good, that you don't want move at all.
The TV just hypnotized you!
You probably won’t feel as though you are in a “trance” but you will be aware that you feel both mentally and physically relaxed.
You WILL be aware of everything around you and YOU are always in control.
Some of the other signs of hypnosis that you may become aware of are;
- Watery or fluttering eyes
- Changes in your breathing, usually slower
- A feeling of a heaviness or lightness
- Warm or tingling feelings in the arms or legs
- A feeling that you are sinking deeper into the chair or floating over it.
- Feeling that time has gone very quickly
- Experiencing little muscle jerks in your hands, arms, feet or legs
Even if you do not experience any of these feelings, you will still know that you were in a hypnotized state.
A large percentage of the population can easily go into a hypnotic trance with any single induction method. By simply changing the method of induction, almost everyone can be hypnotized.
While you're in the hypnotic trance state, Garry will talk to you (actually to your subconscious mind) and will lead you through a visualization, usually of a garden or a beach to relax you. He will guide you to recognize your positive attributes and abilities, enable you to view your problems in a better/different way, or gain insight into your past behavior and make the desired changes exactly what you really want.
Sometimes, if a client is very tired, they may pass from a trance into a natural sleep during the session.
This is not a concern as the subconscious mind is always listening and monitoring, so you simply wake up after a little nap.
Clients should have no fear that they will remain in a trance or that they will be controlled by the hypnotherapist.
We have no wish to control anyone and in fact we work to return control to our clients whose illness, anxiety or condition is an indication of a loss of control.
Remember, YOU are ALWAYS in control
If there is anything that you do not understand, feel free to ask at the beginning, during or at the end of the session.
To quote an article in the June, 1977 issue of “Psychology Today”:
“People who are hypnotized for the first time are frequently disappointed to find that they experience nothing overwhelming. They feel mildly relaxed but they remain in touch with reality and in control of their thoughts. Contrary to what most people believe, a person under hypnosis need not fall asleep, or lose contact with his surroundings or relinquish his will. He is often able to recall everything that happened during the trance and will act perfectly normally.
Although individuals may consciously believe that the trance was extremely light or that they had not been hypnotically affected, the suggestions, which were made to them; will in most cases, exercise influence (unless the subject deliberately sets out to prove that the suggestions will not work).”
Physicians, psychologists and hypnotherapists have used hypnosis as a valuable tool in treating smoking, overeating and stress related problems. Hypnosis has also been used for solving problems such as sleep disturbance, lack of concentration and memory, fears and phobias and controlling pain and asthma.
You will find hypnosis to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
Remember, however, we need your cooperation, since … ALL HYPNOSIS IS SELF-HYPNOSIS; all we do is guide you into it.
Please feel free to call with any questions that you may have.