I hear a lot of myths about hypnotherapy - that might or might not be influenced by stage hypnosis, which is very different from hypnotherapy - and I would like to address some of them here.
MYTH NO 1: YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SELF-CONTROL
Can hypnotherapy make you lose your self-control? To answer this question, let me explain to you what hypnosis is. Hypnosis is just a fancy word. What it actually means is that you are in a relaxed state and that you have a single-minded focus. I will guide you but YOU are in full control at all times. You can speak to me and pause or end the session at all times if you want to do so.
MYTH NO 2: YOU CAN GET STUCK IN HYPNOSIS
You could compare hypnosis to the state you’re in when you meditate or when you are reading a book and are really into it. So, being in hypnosis is actually a naturally occurring state that you experience a lot of times when you are very focused. In hypnotherapy, this state is used to your advantage. It is not possible to get stuck in hypnosis, just like it is not possible to get stuck when meditating or reading a book.
MYTH NO 3: HYPNOTHERAPY CAN BE DANGEROUS
Hypnotherapy is very safe and can actually slow down your breathing and hearth rate, and reduce stress. Typically, people are very relaxed when in hypnosis, which can have a positive effect on their health.
MYTH NO 4: IT ONLY WORKS FOR SOME PEOPLE
Hypnosis is a natural state that you already get into very frequently without even noticing it, for example, when you are daydreaming, reading a book etc. Different people will experience hypnosis differently. You might listen to my voice, then drift off and then come back and listen to my words again. Or you might be super alert, super present while your body relaxes. Both experiences are totally fine and normal.