What does a Consulting Hypnotist Do?
A Consulting Hypnotist guides people into hypnosis to help instill positive thinking and to help them access inner resources to address their problems.
What is hypnosis?
As defined by the US government (in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles), hypnosis is the bypass of the critical factor and the establishment of acceptable selective thinking. In other words, the bypass of the conscious mind and the introduction of positive suggestions into the subconscious.
What does hypnosis feel like?
A hypnotized person has extremely focused concentration which, in some ways, it is similar to being absorbed in a good book, movie, or video game. Some describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as extremely pleasant.
Who can be hypnotized?
Any person of at least normal intelligence can be hypnotized (unless inhibited by fear). The best hypnotic subject is a person with a vivid imagination who has a strong ability to focus his/her concentration.
What do I get for my money?
You get a private, one-on-one session which runs for about an hour. The initial consultation includes a detailed conversation about your situation and concerns. If it is determined that hypnosis is an appropriate course of action, we may proceed with the session. Preliminary exercises will be conducted and hypnosis will be induced through an appropriate technique. Appropriate suggestions will be introduced. You will emerge from hypnosis and receive training in self-hypnosis. You will also receive a hypnotic reinforcement recording for use at home. In some cases, you may be given a “homework” assignment designed to help measure your progress between sessions.
How many sessions does it take?
Generally speaking, hypnotism is an intervention of brief duration. Results are usually seen after just one visit and clients typically reach their desired goal in three or four sessions. Of course, the number of visits varies according to the situation. For example, smoking cessation typically requires only one session. Because weight management involves more complex issues, that program consists of six visits stretched out over four months.
Are your services guaranteed?
No one can guarantee human behavior. Responsiveness to hypnotic suggestion varies from person to person. A person's ability to respond to hypnotic suggestions can be inhibited by fears and concerns arising from common misconceptions (see below). What I do guarantee is that I will bring all my hypnotic skills to bear on a clients' issues. One key factor that clients contribute to the likelihood of success is their level of motivation. For example, a person who genuinely desires to quit smoking is more likely to succeed than someone who reluctantly books an appointment only because a family member has nagged them to do so.
Will you make me imitate a chicken or quack like a duck, as a stage hypnotist might do?
A hypnotized person can resist suggestions as well as follow them. The suggestions described above would be inappropriate in an office setting (not to mention bad for business!). The job of a stage hypnotist is to entertain. People who volunteer to participate in a show know they will be asked to do silly things. Therefore, in that situation, the hypnotists' suggestions are generally accepted. In an office setting, where a client is seeking help, such suggestions would generally be rejected.
Can I get stuck in a trance?
No. Despite urban legends, this does not happen. On a rare occasion, a client may be more difficult to rouse from hypnosis because he/she is reluctant to emerge from such a pleasant experience. There are, however, techniques to deal with this situation leaving no worry of becoming "stuck."
What if the hypnotist has a heart attack in the middle of a session? Wouldn't I get stuck in a trance then?
No. You would either drift into normal sleep and reawaken or you would reawaken immediately upon realizing that you no longer hear my voice. Rest assured though my heart is healthy and strong.
What if I don't remember everything I was told during hypnosis?
As with a person emerging from a dream, you may not remember everything. Rest assured, however, that all the important information is retained by your subconscious.
What should I expect when I visit a massage therapist?
Your massage therapist will have you to fill out an intake form to become aware of your issues and preferences. Following the intake form the therapist will ask you general questions to see what areas you would like worked on, become aware of any conditions which need to be addressed, and to make a determination if massage is appropriate for you. Your massage therapist may perform certain physical assessments and tests to
evaluate your condition.
Do I have to be completely undressed?
You should undress to your own individual level of comfort. For a full body massage, most get completely undressed. However, if you will be more comfortable during the session if you leave your underwear on, that's fine. The therapist will work around the clothes you left on as best as he/she can. If removing all your clothes makes you too nervous and unable to relax, then you are not getting the optimal benefit from the session.
Your massage therapist will give you privacy while you undress and get comfortable on the table.
If you prefer to stay fully clothed, then I recommend you explore the many other types of bodywork that are performed clothed such as Shiatsu.
Do I have to cover myself with a sheet or towel?
This is known as draping and once you are undressed and on the table under the sheet (and blanket), the therapist will only uncover the part of your body being worked on. Your private areas will not be uncovered. If the therapist is going to work on a woman's abdomen, a second towel will be used to cover the chest so the main sheet can be moved to access the abdomen (abdomen done by request).
What do I do during a massage treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she/he will either move you or will ask you to move when needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session;
others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Will the massage hurt?
This depends on the type of massage and the depth of the strokes. A light, relaxing massage shouldn't hurt. There is a 'feels good' hurt and an 'ouch, stop it' hurt. A good massage, even a really deep tissue massage, should always stay in the 'feels good' hurt range. Pain can be an indication that the muscle is possibly injured or inflamed and pressure should be adjusted. Also, pain can cause you to tighten up and negate the relaxing effects of the massage. The most effective and deepest massage always works with your body's natural response, not against it.
How often should I get a massage?
This will vary from person to person. If you are just looking for occasional relaxation, then a session every 3 to 6 weeks may be fine for you. However, if you are looking to address a specific condition, then it is recommended to go more frequently at first and then slowly taper down until your goals are met and an appropriate maintenance schedule is in place.
Frequency of sessions should be discussed with your massage therapist after your treatment when he/she has a better hands-on understanding of your particular muscular issues.
If I want a really deep massage shouldn't I see a male therapist?
The answer is NO. There is a perception that men give deeper massages than women. This is a myth. While some men do give a deeper massage, there are men who prefer to not work so deep. The same holds true for women.
It is a matter of style, training, and therapist preference. Some therapists prefer not to give really deep sessions while others specialize in this area. if you are looking for a deep massage, it is best to simply ask the therapist if she/he does this type of work. Of course, during your session it is perfectly
OK to give the therapist feedback if you would like a lighter/deeper pressure.
It's your session!
Remember, massage does not have to hurt to be effective.
Can I talk during my session?
Sure, if you'd like to talk go right ahead. Remember the treatment is all about you relaxing and enjoying the experience. Therapists usually discourage talking in hopes that you will relax, let your mind relax and enter a state of healing bliss.
In many instances, people may feel more relaxed starting off talking, and as the massage progresses, enter a more quiet state of relaxation.
It is important to speak up If the therapist is doing anything that makes you uncomfortable, you should let him or her know immediately. Also, communicate if you get too warm or too cold, if the room is too bright, or if the pressure needs to be changed (lighter or deeper). If something is not working for you - speak up! It's definitely OK!
Do I have to listen to chants or flutes during my massage?
No, while we play slower, quieter, 'new age' type music, you can choose to have different music or no music at all. We use an IPod dock to play music and if you have something you would like to listen to bring it on your IPod or IPhone and we can dock it for your treatment. Studies have shown that music at fewer than 60 beats-per-minute has a calming, relaxing effect on the body and therefore can enhance your experience.
How will I feel after my massage treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience a significant release or decrease of chronic aches and pains. Many feel a little slowed down for a short
period and then notice an increase of energy, heightened awareness and increased productivity which can last for days.
If you received a deep massage, you may be slightly sore the next day much like a good workout at the gym. Sometimes a hot shower or a soak in the tub can ease this soreness.
After your session you should increase your water intake a bit. Just a few glasses more than normal is usually fine; this helps keep your body's tissues hydrated and healthy while assisting in the body’s flushing of toxins.
How many sessions will I need?
Every person is unique and every condition is unique to each person. It may take one session or it may take several. You and your therapist will be able to talk more specifically about this after your first session and he/she has had a chance to evaluate your body's muscle response.
When should I not get a massage?
In my opinion there are few conditions which would prevent you from enjoying massage. You should not book a massage if you have a fever, cold/flu, or contagious skin infection.
There are many other conditions in which your therapist may need to adapt his/her techniques (i.e. arthritis or osteoporosis) or avoid an area completely (i.e. cuts or burns). With some conditions it is a good idea to get an approval from your physician before you receive massage (cancer, certain heart conditions, pregnancy). This doesn't mean you can't get massage. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution.
Your therapist can advise you about your specific needs.