What to Expect During and After a Hypnotherapy Session
Are you looking for a new approach to managing your chronic pain? Interested in taking an alternative route to losing weight, quitting smoking, or even overcoming artistic blocks?
If so, then you’ve likely already thought about booking a hypnotherapy session.
As hypnotherapy continues to climb in popularity, you may even have family, friends, or coworkers who have undergone hypnotherapy to help them with sleeping problems, anxiety, or even things like hot flashes.
Before you book your hypnosis session, however, you’d like to learn a bit more about what to expect both during hypnotherapy and after your session is over.
How does hypnotherapy work, exactly?
Keep on reading this post to find out.
Hypnotherapy: The Basics
First, let’s make sure you understand what hypnosis actually is.
Interestingly enough, even if you’ve never seen a hypnotist before, you have already experienced what it’s like to be hypnotized.
If you’ve “zoned out” while going about your day, driving, or even during a boring meeting at work, congratulations — you’ve entered into a state of hypnosis before.
Technically speaking, when you’re under hypnosis, your brain goes into what’s called the Theta Brain Wave state. This is the same state that you enter into during the REM cycle of sleep, as well as when you’re deep in meditation.
It’s important to understand that you’re not “out of control” when you’re in a hypnotic state. You’re actually laser-focused on what’s happening around you, the questions that your hypnotist is asking, and any suggestions that they might be making.
And while Hollywood films have stirred up stereotypes about hypnosis being used as a gateway to control people and to force them to do terrible (often violent or supernatural) things?
The reality is quite different.
You won’t get “stuck” in a hypnotized state, and no qualified hypnotist will make you do anything unsavory during your session. You’re still “you,” just a seriously relaxed version of yourself.
After all, when you’re dreaming, you always wake up.
Now, let’s talk about the specifics of what to expect during your actual hypnotherapy session.
During Your Hypnotherapy Session
So, what can you expect once you’ve booked your hypnotherapy session?
Your hypnotist will start by asking you questions about your intentions, or what you’re hoping to get out of the session. You may also talk about your psychological past or if you’re there to treat a physical issue, your symptoms.
This further stresses the point that you as the client are the person truly in “control” of the session — the hypnotherapist serves as a kind of tour guide.
Here, the hypnotherapist will gladly answer any questions you may have about the process. Then, it’s time for the induction.
During this phase of your session, your hypnotherapist will help you to deeply relax.
Usually, they’ll use a combination of several different techniques and methods, experimenting until they find the option that seems to be the most effective for you.
It may take some people up to 15-20 to be induced into a hypnotic state, while others take far less time. Your hypnotherapist will ask you a few questions to try and determine how deep in the state of hypnosis you truly are.
Once the induction phase is over, the real “meat” of the session can truly begin.
The Hypnotic Therapy
Once you’ve fully entered into the hypnotic state, you and your hypnotherapist will start the therapy process.
You’ll work together to change the behaviors or manage the physical symptoms of what you brought up at the beginning of the session. You’re much more open to suggestion when in a hypnotic state, meaning that the treatment will be especially effective.
The goal here is to change your patterns of thought, and get you to address issues that may be hard for you to talk about when you’re in a fully “awake” state.
You and the hypnotherapist may also come up with what’s called a post-hypnotic suggestion. This is a kind of “trigger” that will remind you of your hypnotherapy session when you’re in a fully awake state again.
When you have made progress in your session (keep in mind that most people will need to attend several session before seeing more permanent, drastic changes/results) it’s time to return to awakeness.
Many people don’t realize that coming out of a hypnotic state doesn’t happen in an instant and with a snap of the fingers (that’s another Hollywood misconception.)
Instead, it may take several minutes to get you out of the trance state.
After Your Session
Once you’re back in a wakeful state, you and your hypnotist will discuss what you covered in the session.
You may also decide to schedule your next appointment if needed.
You should expect to feel incredibly relaxed, and some people even experience a kind of euphoria after their first session has ended. This may stay for a few days after the session, but usually, the feelings of euphoria fade after a few hours, and you just feel content.
Others may feel slightly sad — especially those who have brought up painful memories or addressed tough personal issues in the session.
Each response to hypnosis is unique, and either one of these reactions is totally normal.
Though you may feel somewhat tired after your session, it is usually safe to drive.
Interested in Booking a Hypnotherapy Session?
We hope that this post has helped you to feel much more confident about what you can expect out of the entire hypnotherapy session, as well as the aftereffects.
Keep in mind that the most important part of successful hypnotherapy is finding the right professional to work with.
That’s where The Motor City Hypnotist comes in.
Whether you want to get over a phobia, drop a few pounds, or even if you’re just curious to learn more about what hypnosis is really about, schedule your customized personal session today.
For your FREE Hypnosis Guide, text “hypnosis” to 734-789-3054.