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FAQ: Is Trance, Deep Relaxation or Hypnosis Healing?


Today, stress, chronic stress and our addiction to stress are the main culprits behind so many of our modern day dis-eases.

We are fortunate that, today, hypnosis is considered a viable and effective tool to aid in healing. Many hospitals utilize hypnosis (such as the University of Minnesota Children’s hospital). Many clinical studies, research efforts have resulted in peer reviewed papers and books that show beyond the shadow of doubt that hypnosis is indeed very effective and healing.

You can find some of these studies and clinical evidence on my Hypnosis Facts website:, here

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FAQ: Can I Be Made To Do Things Against My Will?


The fact that you are more in control of your state of mind and body when in trance is clinically proven.

Hypnosis is a heightened state of concentration and focused attention. When you’re under hypnosis, you don’t lose your personality, your free will or your personal strength. In fact you are in more control than anybody else. You will never do anything that goes against your morals and beliefs.

If people could be forced into a trance and have their beliefs changed, we wont have any jails, would we?

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FAQ: Do Subliminal Tapes Work?

No. If you can’t hear the tapes you can’t respond to them. When they work, they do so thanks to the placebo effect.

Hypnosis tapes work because when you are listening to them you are in a trance (hypnotic sleep) where your brain wave pattern is Alpha & Theta, not actual sleep where your brain waves are Delta waves.

The placebo effect is hypnosis (i.e. if you believe something will help/heal that is a hypnotic suggestion, that produces results).

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FAQ: Is Hypnosis Sleep?

No. Brain scans performed by positron emission tomography, or PET, have shown that areas of the brain active in a hypnotized subject are not the same as those activated in a sleeping subject.

Being in a state of hypnosis actually resembles meditation more than sleep; the mind is much closer to ordinary awareness than it is to the sleep state.  We pass in and out of these brainwave frequencies when we go to sleep, and before waking up when we typically dream.

According to a recent review in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, hypnosis is

the induction of a state of mind in which a person’s normal critical or skeptical nature is bypassed, allowing for acceptance of suggestions.

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FAQ: Can I Learn Self-Hypnosis To Hypnotize Myself?


Self-hypnosis is very similar to meditation, but rather than avoiding all thought as in meditation, with self-hypnosis a person gives themselves positive suggestions or enjoys pleasing visualizations..

In fact, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. So, when a hypnotherapist is hypnotizing you he is simply helping you get yourself into a hypnosis trance, hypnosis is an ability that we all have, and one that we enter in and out of every day.  Being guided by someone else or learning how to guide yourself make is possible to go into a hypnosis trance on demand.

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FAQ: Can I Be Hypnotized?

Yes, almost anyone can be hypnotized. If you are willing to utilize the power of your own mind, I can help you, with your permission, to go into hypnosis. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, self-hypnosis is “your ability and power to convince yourself of anything.” The role of the hypnotist is to “un-hypnotize” the client from self-limiting beliefs and negative habits.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA),

People differ in the degree to which they respond to hypnosis. A person’s ability to experience hypnosis can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions. Contrary to some depictions of hypnosis in books, movies or television, people who have been hypnotized do not lose control over their behavior. Unless amnesia has specifically been suggested, people remain aware of who they are, where they are, and remember what transpired during hypnosis. Hypnosis makes it easier for people to experience suggestions, but it does not force them to have these experiences.

( Retrieved 10/10/2009)

Anybody who wants to experienced hypnosis, deep relaxation or trance, will. If a person does not want to, for any reason, they will not go into a state of deep relaxing trance (i.e. hypnosis).

Almost everyone can be hypnotized, people who have schizophrenia or severe mental deficiencies cannot be hypnotized.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA),

People differ in the degree to which they respond to hypnosis. A person’s ability to experience hypnosis can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from some common misconceptions.

( Retrieved 10/10/2009).

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FAQ: Do Hypnosis Audio Tapes or CD’s Work?

Yes, but they require you to be willing to go into a state of trance.

Naturally, face-to-face hypnosis sessions are customized and thus more effective.

I often make customized tapes (or digital audio recordings) for my clients. Ask me if you’d like yours.

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FAQ: What Conditions Can Hypnosis Help With?

I compiled a comprehensive list of conditions where hypnosis could be of help. Find the complete list here

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FAQ: Is Hypnosis Dangerous?

No, not at all. Going into a state of deep relaxation, or a trance, is not harmful. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that we all experience every day. We go in and out of trance every day. It is a natural ability

When you dream at night, get caught up into a movie, day dream, drive on a highway, you are experiencing hypnosis.

When considering formal hypnosis, it is recommended that your hypnotist be formally trained, certified and experienced with hypnosis coaching or hypnotherapy. Choosing a competent hypnotherapist will ensure faster and better results and will maximize the benefit of your hypnosis sessions and suggestions.

In some rare instances, hurtful memories may surface, a trained hypnotherapist or hypnotist will easily be able to calm you and use such memories and emotions to enhance your hypnosis session further.

Hypnosis is safe, below is a caption from the Mayo clinic’s website:

Hypnosis conducted under the care of a trained therapist is considered a safe complementary and alternative medicine treatment. Adverse reactions, such as headache, dizziness and nausea, can happen but are uncommon.

Use special caution before allowing a hypnotherapist to help you restore lost memories. In this type of hypnosis, some people actually create “memories” from their imagination, this is called memory distortion of false memory creation. These “implanted memories” can be very troubling to you and your loved ones. You should avoid this type of hypnosis unless your hypnotists is trained and experienced.

From article “Hypnosis: Another way to manage pain, kick bad habits”

Read also “What Does Hypnosis Feel Like?

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FAQ: What Does C.H or C.Ht Mean?

CH stands for Certified Hypnotist and C.Ht stands for Certified Hypnotherapist. These credentials are interchangeable. The certified hypnotherapist is one that has gained certification as a C.H or C.Ht. through a professional organization such as IMDHA, IACT, or NGH has at the minimum level, training in basic and advanced hypnosis with a minimum of 120 hour specialized hypnosis instruction (the number of hours may vary depending on the certificate-granting organization).

Please research these organizations. It seems that a lot of online and relatively new organizations have come on to the scene in the past 10 years or so that have some people questioning their credibility. I would start by google’ing their name and see what comes up, also make sure they are not just using a POBox for their address.

Hypnosis training should be done in person, not online since actual work with people is essential when one is learning how to hypnotize people.

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