Thursday, September 29, 2011


On Wednesday, I went to a hypnotherapist.  I know a few people who have tried hypnotherapy, and I decided I would give it a try to see if it would help me eat healthier and exercise more.  I met with the hypnotherapist, who had been a nurse for 45 years prior, and let her attempt to hypnotize me.

The U.S Department of Labor definition of a hypnotherapist is someone who "hypnotic state in client to increase motivation or alter behavior pattern through hypnosis. Consults with client to determine the nature of problem. Prepares client to enter hypnotic states by explaining how hypnosis works and what client will experience. Tests subject to determine degrees of physical and emotional suggestibility. Induces hypnotic state in client using individualized methods and techniques of hypnosis based on interpretation of test results and analysis of client's problem. May train client in self-hypnosis conditioning."

I really don't know what to say about the experience.  I felt that at any time I had total free will to get up and stop it all, but I never spoke or opened my eyes unless she told me to.  I found it extremely easy to yield to her instructions, and my entire body felt extremely relaxed, like I was pinned to my chair.  I still felt the urge to fidget a little in my toes, and my fingers felt very numb.  But I listened to her words and tried to stay as relaxed and 'heavy' as possible.

When she 'woke' me, I could barely form words.  She said I would sleep very soundly and wake up refreshed that night... which wasn't exactly the case.  I felt very tired the next day!  I don't feel any different... not yet at least.  It may take some more time.  But if I don't notice a difference, I won't be going back for another session, even though they say it can take more frequent visits to be very effective.  I gave it a try, but we shall see if there is any impact on my life...  Still, it was an interesting experience I thought I'd share!


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