You’ve done lots of research, you’ve tried a few different things and have decided that Hypnotherapy is something you’d like to try. You’re motivated, you’re ready for change but your feeling nervous about how Hypnotherapy is actually going to make you feel. Are you going to enjoy it? Are you going to do something embarrassing? What’s going to happen?
Starting hypnotherapy can be daunting, it’s growing in popularity but if you don’t know anyone that has already had it then it’s hard to know if it’s going to be right for you. For any therapy to be successful you have to believe in it, and to be able to believe in it you need to have insight into what you’re going to experience.
I’m going to run through some of the common reactions and experiences of being hypnotised. You may not experience them all, and you may find that your reactions change as your progress through your treatment plan.
Deep Relaxation One of the most common effects my clients report is a sense of deep relaxation, sometimes to a level they’ve not experienced before. It can feel like a soothing wave moving through your body, washing away all the tension, stresses and worries. The first part of your hypnotherapy session is focused on helping you reach a deeply relaxed state, helping your mind and body to feel calm. When you reach this level of relaxation and calm, your thoughts start to quieten and this allows your subconscious mind to be more accessible. The subconscious mind is where your unwanted, unhelpful behaviours and habits are stored. Feeling Heavy As you continue to relax , and your body starts to let go of any tension you may find that your body starts to feel heavy; particularly your arms and legs. It might feels like it takes a lot of effort to try and move your limbs. This is nothing to worry about and is perfectly normal, you will get all normal feelings back by the end of the session. It can feel quite nice to let your arms and legs drop, and you may feel relief in your shoulders and hips as they fully relax. Jaw / head drop We tend to hold a lot of tension in our jaw, as hypnotherapy supports you to relax you may find that jaw drops and your mouth opens slightly. You may experience the same when you fall asleep. Your head may also drop forward or to the side. This is a great sign that you’re enjoying a hypnotic state and are fully relaxed which will help the hypnotherapy treatment be as effective as possible.
Body Twitches Some people will also find there body may twitch slightly when under hypnosis. Your fingers and hands may move slightly, or your legs may jerk a little. This is part of the process of your body relaxing. If this does happen during a session, you’re likely to be so relaxed you may not even be aware of it happening. It may ‘wake’ you up a little and bring you out of your relaxed state for a moment, but your Hypnotherapist will see this and will use visualisations techniques to help you get back to full relaxation.
Background noises As you focus on the visualisations and positive suggestions being given to you by your Hypnotherapist, everyday background noise will disappear. These are noises such as traffic, bird songs, household appliances and so on. At the end of the session these noises will come back to you, but you’ll of been unlikely to have heard them during the session.
Perception Of Time Changes
One of the experiences clients mention is their perception of time changes during hypnotherapy. An average session will last between 40-60 minutes, but it may only feel like 10 minutes because you’re so deeply relaxed and your conscious mind (which would be aware of time) is so calm. This can be a very welcome side effect of hypnotherapy in this modern world where we are always rushing, and it feels like there isn’t enough time in the day.
Seeing Auras or Colours You may see auras (rays of colour flowing around a specific object) or colours. What colours you see is personal to you, and you may see them for the full hypnotherapy session or for just a part of it. Once the session is over, your normal vision will return to you. Those that have experienced seeing colour whilst in a hypnotic state have said it gives them a sense of tranquillity and serenity.
Emotional Release It’s normal for you to experience a release of emotion at the end of a hypnotherapy session. Your Hypnotherapist will have slowly reoriented you (bought you back into the room, and you’ll have become familiar with your surroundings again). As you adjust to conscious thoughts, you may feel a wave of intense emotion. This is likely to be emotions you’ve been bottling up for a while, and the hypnotherapy has helped you release them. Letting yourself cry, and express this emotion is encouraged. Hypnotherapy is a safe, confidential space where you are not judged or questioned. An outpour of emotion is completely normal, and you will probably feel much better afterwards. This can however take some people by surprise, so it’s good to have some tissues handy.
So as you have read; there is a lot of experiences that you may have during a hypnotherapy session, and this can change from one session to another. It’s highly likely that you will feel tired, especially after your first couple of sessions. It is therefore a good idea to not have anything to active or energetic planned for after. I would always recommend some self-care after a session of hypnotherapy, it’s a great way to continue to relax and to continue to prioritise looking after yourself.