Are you curious about hypnosis – but kind of scared, too? It is no surprise that people are wary about hypnotism. We’ve all had some exposure to hypnosis that makes it seem like the hypnotist is controlling people’s minds. The reality is that, hypnosis (called hypnotherapy in a clinical context) is actually very safe and effective as long as you are working with a health care professional (e.g., doctor, psychologist, dentist) who has been properly trained. And, the person under hypnosis is in complete control at all times.
When you go into hypnosis, you allow yourself to completely relax so that you are open to suggestion. You are awake and can hear what is being said. If the suggestion being offered is something that feels uncomfortable to you, your mind will automatically reject it. You are also in control of moving into deeper or lighter states of relaxation. So, the answer to your question is: No, hypnosis will not make you walk like a chicken. In fact, hypnosis will not make you do anything you don’t want to do. But, it is an effective tool you can use for many types of issues. For more information about hypnotherapy, check out the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (www.asch.net). You can also find more about making an appointment at www.hypmind.com.