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What does it feel like to be Hypnotised?

It will usually be a very relaxed, almost lethargic feeling, but you can also experience lightness or floating sensations. During Hypnotherapy, you are not asleep! But then, you’re not awake either. A light state of trance is closer to being awake, whereas a deeper level of trance is more like being in a dream. A medium level of Hypnotic trance is best described as: “like being awake and asleep at the same time”. Indeed, during deeper trance, you may actually lose some conscious awareness. That’s actually quite OK, because your relaxed consciousness is always still just hovering below the surface in case of any threat to your well-being. During Hypnotherapy you cannot be made to do things against your morals, ethics or physical or mental capabilities.

Can I be made to do something I don’t want to do?

No absolutely not.

How do I contact a Hypnotherapist?

Generally your first contact will be by telephone, probably most likely either after a referral from a friend, or by choosing one from a list or directory of Hypnotherapists or Hypnotherapy clinics. It is important you speak with the actual Hypnotherapist who you intend to work with. The initial feeling you have for this therapist and that attitudes you share, can have an enormous impact on the results you will achieve. You must like and trust the Hypnotherapist in order to reap the best benefits from the therapy. So take the time to find one whose manner and qualifications help put you at ease. (Qualifications will vary from state to state and from country to country.) Ask the Hypnotherapist about his/her training and experience – and only book your first Hypnotherapy session when you’re totally comfortable in sharing your personal information with that therapist.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends on how deep seated the issue is. On your first meeting with the hypnotherapist this will be discussed and agreed upon. In many cases one session is sufficient.

Do I go to sleep?

No, the object is for you to be deeply relaxed in a day dream state.

What after effects can I expect?

For most clients they feel pleasantly relaxed and feel positive. To date no one I have worked with has had any negative after affects.

Simple Hypnosis Definitions:

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A self-induced state of trance.


A person skilled in the art of inducing trance in another.


Of Hypnosis. Having the ability to Hypnotize. Usually refers to an object or occurrence rather than a person.

Hypnotize (Alternative spelling Hypnotise)

Induce a hypnotic trance state.

Hypnotized (Alternative spelling Hypnotised)

In a trance

Stage Hypnotist

A performer who uses Hypnosis to influence others in a usually humorous or spectacular display of mind power and influence. Often referred to as Stage Hypnotism.


A person trained to present therapeutic suggestions to another willing person in whom a state of trance has been induced.


An altered state of awareness (between waking & sleeping). A person in an induced trance is said to be “hypnotized”.


A deep state of hypnotic trance often characterised by amnesia


A person capable of a somnambulistic trance.

States of Awareness

Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta. The “Beta” state being the most aware and the Delta being the least. i.e. Beta = wide awake. Alpha = light trance. Theta = deep trance/light sleep. Delta = deep sleep.

Post-Hypnotic Suggestion

A suggestion given during a state of trance that it is intended to be carried out upon awakening from that trance.

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