About the author: Fanis Makrigiannis of Mind Spirit Body Hypnosis is certified and accredited by The American Board of Hypnotherapy, The National Guild of Hypnotists, and The American Board of Neuro-linguistic Programming.
When should hypnosis not be used?
Fantastic question, I find I’m being asked more often.
First the most obvious is anyone who is under alcohol or narcotics. If you are under the influence I highly recommend you reschedule.
Okay so now the least obvious: if you don’t believe in hypnosis or someone is pushing you to attend a session. I see this a lot with parents and their children. Usually, after they have found a pack of cigarettes in the kid’s backpack or smelled alcohol on their breath (this happens more than you think).
I always ask the client if this is what they want to do.
Now to the psychology (this is part of the client intake): anyone who has psychotic symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions must not be treated with hypnosis (I would never accept a client with these symptoms even if they have their doctors approval, the risks are far too great!).
What does hypnosis really feel like?
Hypnosis (trance) is a very natural occurrence. In fact, we go into trance states often throughout the day. Ever notice that while driving your car? All of a sudden you pull into the driveway and wondered how you got there.
I can describe hypnotism as a daydream-like state, with extreme focus and concentration. Your body will feel relaxed, calm, and at ease with yourself.
There are many effects of hypnosis (known as hypnotic phenomena). These types of sensations are very common and include numbness, pins/needles, heaviness, lightness, warmth, chills, disassociation, and time distortion.
Is hypnosis effective?
Yes very! And I say this under the understanding that the Hypnotist is certified, trained, educated, and very knowledgeable to understand what the client needs and how to help them.
Please feel free to contact me personally with your hypnotic questions.