Have you ever lost yourself so completely in music, a book, or a movie that you became temporarily unaware of the passing of time? Most of us have experienced these everyday hypnotic moments. That is one of the reasons why medical hypnosis seems so natural — because it builds on experiences that virtually everyone has already had.
You’re in control.
During hypnosis you remain very much in control of yourself and your actions. In fact, it is nearly impossible to be forced to do something in hypnosis that conflicts with your personal ethics or morals. For the same reasons, hypnosis will not interfere with your religious beliefs or spiritual practice.
Is it like the show I saw in a nightclub? Do serious health professionals use it?
Medical hypnosis has nothing in common with hypnosis used as stage entertainment, and medical hypnotists are nothing like the laypeople who have no medical training. It’s a serious medical intervention, used by accomplished physicians, dentists, and psychologists around the world each and every day. What’s more, scientists at top universities and hospitals such as Harvard and Stanford have done and continue to do research on its many clinical applications. These studies have been favorably reviewed by, for example, the Mayo Clinic and are published in mainstream medical journals.