How will I feel under hypnosis?
People often describe hypnosis as a highly pleasurable experience—much like an enjoyable daydream. As a result of relaxation, breathing slows and deepens, muscles loosen and sensations of tingling or warmth may occur throughout the body. You may notice an increased ability to visualize, and find yourself drifting away into pleasant memories or imagined scenarios. While in this state of focused attention, you may also be aware of the everyday sounds around you, such as traffic noise as well as the voice of your hypnotherapist.
Changes in brain patterns also occur. Studies show that activity decreases in the left hemisphere of the brain during hypnosis while it is heightened in the right hemisphere. This means you will perceive your circumstances in a less analytical way and more in terms of emotions and images. When you emerge from your session, you can anticipate feeling relaxed and rested, as though you’ve just had a short nap. Often, the perception of time is altered, so your sessions may appear to pass more slowly or quickly than they actually do.