Frequently Asked Questions

What is hypnosis?

The word hypnosis comes from the Greek roots hypno, meaning “sleep” and -osis, meaning “state”.
Through a careful combination of conversation, embodiment and guided visualization, one can induce a sleep-like state of consciousness, also known as trance.
While in trance, information flows easily between the conscious and non-conscious minds in both directions. If guided properly, entering into this state allows for a unique depth of intimacy with, trust in, and influence over oneself.

What is trance?

The trance state is a natural state of relaxed focus.
Trance is characterized by simultaneous focus of awareness, and suspension of the critical functions of the mind. Entering trance is a natural ability, and it is a state that you dip in and out of every day. For example, people enter the trance state when they get sucked into the storyline of a movie, or when they are driving a familiar route and arrive at their destination as if on autopilot.

Can I be hypnotized?

Some people are naturally more hypnotizable than others; and everyone can become more hypnotizable with practice.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. That is, you can't be hypnotized if you are unwilling, and you can exit the hypnotic state at will.

Will I lose control?

No. You will be more suggestible, but you will not lose control. 
You will be conscious, aware, and able to exit the hypnotic state at will at any point.

Will I be awake?

You will be awake (unless you fall asleep, but then it's not hypnosis).
Hypnosis induces a sleep-like state in that the body is deeply relaxed and the critical functions of the mind are suspended. The conscious mind, however, is present and aware. After the session, you will remember what happened while you were in trance, often in vivid detail.