Hypnosis often gets a somewhat mysterious or even negative reputation. The truth is, however, that hypnosis is a totally natural state of mind. In fact, you’ve been in this state countless times in your lifetime!
When you’re reading, daydreaming, wrapped up in a movie, or just super engrossed in an activity, it’s not the work of mind control or some outside force. It’s simply you allowing yourself to drop into this altered state of awareness. Hypnosis at its core is direct, deliberate, and deeply relaxed focus. Your mind naturally knows how to get there, but with the help of a professional guiding you, you can harness the power that already exists within you to solve everyday problems.
It’s a fascinating but intuitive concept: When you consciously bypass the conscious mind, you can make profound changes. You’re able to have a powerful conversation with your subconscious, free of distractions and over-thinking, to replace beliefs that aren’t serving you with ones that do! In essence, it couldn’t be further from “mind control”: hypnosis is an empowering tool that puts you in the driver’s seat.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
At Hudson Healing Arts, Certified Hypnosis Counselor Beth O’Boyle can help you to release undesirable patterns of behavior, limiting beliefs, and thoughts that prevent you from living life fully and joyfully.
Hypnosis has countless applications, but common uses include improving self-esteem, relieving stress, aiding weight loss, improving athletic performance, and supporting the immune system. Since it’s a natural therapeutic tool with no side-effects, hypnosis is also a beneficial complementary treatment for people living with illness or chronic pain. Numerous clinical studies show that hypnosis can successfully help support healing, particularly when used in conjunction with other types of treatment your physician suggests.
Before a session takes place, Beth will work with you to outline your goals and ideal outcome. She’ll also get a sense of your history. This is part of what makes hypnosis so effective: the purpose is to get to the root of the problem instead of covering it up. By doing so, you can help your subconscious reframe potentially harmful memories or events (no matter how innocuous they may seem) in ways that support you.
You’ll begin by comfortably lying down and enjoying a progressive relaxation. During this time, Beth will help you tune in to your breath, let go, and be present. You might experience sensations of deep relaxation, slowed-down breathing, and a feeling of heaviness or weightlessness. It’s also important to note that Beth encourages you to imagine a “pleasant, safe place” that you can return to at absolutely any time. This is essentially a safe, stabilizing place for your subconscious to continue gently focusing on your inner awareness.
One common misconception is that you must be in a super deep state of mind to be hypnotized. However, you can work equally as effectively in a light state. There’s no cause for worry if you hear a noise outside--that doesn’t mean you “failed” or it’s not working! Everyone has their own natural level of relaxation. You’ll find that the more often you experience hypnosis, the easier it is to relax into a deep, restful , and receptive state of awareness. You also don’t need to fret about losing control: hypnosis is a two-way communication. You will always be able to hear Beth’s voice and respond in a way that’s appropriate for you.
If you’ve repeatedly tried to make changes and find yourself sliding back into old patterns or habits, hypnosis offers a totally different perspective to your problem. Sometimes, we’re unable to untangle ourselves from an issue. With hypnosis, you can simply be a witness to it and unlock the power of your subconscious to support you.
If you’re interested in experiencing the transformative effects of hypnosis yourself, this month’s special offers 20% off your first session. Use the code: “hypno20” if paying through our website, or mention this article when booking your session. Beth can be reached at : (201) 653-7700 ext.1.
Hannah Chenoweth is a Hoboken-based conference producer and freelance writer who enjoys covering all aspects of health and wellness.