What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis -- or hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored.

There are many misconceptions about the process of hypnosis! Many people have only seen stage hypnotists who appear to make people do things for the entertainment of the audience. Be assured that this does not happen in a clinical setting, in fact those participants on the stage are not always as they seem!

How can hypnosis help me?

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, chronic depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, weight management issues, undesirable spontaneous behaviors and bad habits. It can also be used to help improve sleep, learning disorders, communication, and relationship issues.

What happens during a session?

In your initial session we will discuss your background and establish a mutually agreed plan of action. You will normally not be hypnotized during the initial consultation but may, if appropriate, receive a short ‘taster’ of how it feels. This is because every treatment program is bespoke, and it takes time for your therapist to craft your individual intervention. You will be sent a sound-track to listen to daily to reinforce the work that you do in your coming sessions. In ongoing sessions, around 30-40 minutes will be spent in hypnosis and the remainder of the session in ‘speaking therapy’. Smoking cessation and regression therapy sessions are longer however at 2 hrs and so there is a longer time spent in trance.
The experience of a hypnotic trance not so unusual or strange. To the contrary, it feels vaguely familiar to countless other moments in your life where you were absorbed in a zone, lost in thought, enthralled by bliss, or perhaps simply meditating. Meditation is actually the closest you can come to a state of trance without being guided there, as you would experience in hypnosis. I often refer to it as taking my clients on a journey, a metaphorical trip in your mind or imagination. There are countless ways to enter a trance. It is similar to falling asleep, just not losing conscious awareness. That means that you are able to hear and sense things around you but, typically your eyes are closed and you are not moving. You're just resting comfortably relaxed.
Amazing things happen when you relax on purpose. You should notice that your breathing slows down and most of your muscles become relaxed. There is this sense of distance from where you are; the passage of time gets distorted and often you feel a pleasant, almost euphoric state of peace.
The depth of a hypnotic trance varies, it can be very light or extremely deep. When you feel comfortable with the hypnotist, you are willing to "let go" to and allow yourself to enter a trance, then you can experience the special power of the mind and imagination.
The power of hypnosis does not depend on the depth of the trance. Rather, it is a matter of skills the hypnotist has to help you experience something special.
As you enter hypnosis, you actually disconnect your mind from the body and surroundings. That means that your awareness is withdrawn from the normal alert state you walk around in and goes inwardly.
The power of hypnosis is your ability to harness the full potential of your imagination without the normal restrictions of the critical mind. This is when a skilled hypnotherapist can help you make dramatic changes in your life. The hidden power of trance is in the suggestions you listen to and how much you embrace these new ideas. Hypnosis does feel very nice and relaxing, almost like taking a nap. The big difference is in what you are guided to experience during the trance.
There are many unusual effects that hypnosis can have on a person. An example of a famous one is the arm levitation, where your arm rises up with a distinct sense that you are not doing it intentionally. There are many strange sensations a person can have during a trance which can only happen under hypnosis; none of these can cause you any harm or pain. There are many positive side effects of hypnosis afterwards that increase as the days and the weeks go by, including relaxation, sleeping well, improved confidence and self esteem. You may experience the halo effect which is a wonderful, euphoric feeling of positivity afterwards
Remember, that you cannot be hypnotized against your will. It works only if you agree to let it happen. So, perhaps you are now getting a bit more curious about taking a journey and exploring the hidden labyrinth of your mind.

Is hypnosis for everyone?

Hypnosis might not be appropriate for a person who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations and delusions, or for someone who is using drugs or alcohol. It should be used for pain control only after a doctor has evaluated the person for any physical disorder that might require medical or surgical treatment. Hypnosis also may be a less effective form of therapy than other more traditional treatments, such as medication, for psychiatric disorders.

Fun facts!

Forensic hypnosis has been used often in enhancing the memory of participants in criminal court cases, primarily with victims or witnesses to enhance the memory of the event. It was used in the cases of Ted Bundy, Sam Shepherd and Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler.
Officially, Hypnosis has been around since around 1770 Franz Mesmer is usually credited with bringing hypnosis to the attention of the public sometime around 1770. The Austrian physician likely knew about the use of hypnosis by earlier societies and spent much of his career studying hypnosis and its effects on the human mind. Interestingly,Mesmer referred to hypnosis as “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism,” and the latter of the two is sometimes still used today. (We bet you’re utterly mesmerized by this fact, right?).
Hypnosis — known also as hypnotherapy — has its doubters, but it’s been an accepted form of medical treatment since the 1950s. Every year, more and more people seek out appointments with hypnotherapists to find a healthy way to control fears and negative behaviors. To achieve this, hypnotherapists help patients access their subconscious mind, something many of us do every day without realizing.

But some of the earliest recorded descriptions of hypnosis date back to ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C.

Imhotep, the world’s first known physician, used healing sanctuaries known as Sleep Temples. The temples were used for a type of suggestion therapy, and people would go to be healed from problems both physical and mental. It’s said that patients visiting a Sleep Temple would be put under the influence of incantation, or hypnotic state. Before ultimately falling asleep, the physician would give them whatever suggestions might help overcome their problem in hopes that the gods would visit the patient during his sleep and fix them.

How Can We Assist You at Big Horn Wellness?

We don’t have a Sleep Temple and are not currently working on any serial killer cases, but we can offer you effective support to help you deal with your struggles! And achieve success. Very rarely have we ever had a client present with one single issue, rather there is more often a combination of problems that need to be untangled and worked on over a period of weeks. What we offer is highly experienced clinical hypnosis, with a highly trained, empathetic professional who is entirely interested in YOU and your health and wellness from a holistic standpoint. All consultations are confidential. And the initial consultation is free and without obligation.