Hypnosis is something that I’ve never really considered before. My dad had a stint of attempting to learn it after he’d spoken about it at the pub one Sunday afternoon and I’ve occasionally listened to a few of Paul McKenna’s tapes for relaxation, but I’ve never considered it as a form of therapy.
This wasn’t until a friend of mine was doing a course and needed people to practise on for her qualification. Being intrigued, I said yes.
On the afternoon of my session, I was extremely tired having been working hard so was about ready to fall asleep in the chair, especially after I felt the comfort as it reclined back. We chatted and because I was merely doing it so that she could get signed off, I hadn’t really anything particular to get sorted (though I’m sure I have loads really). After our chat I opted to go for self esteem. Mainly because she said she could do that within the time frame that we had but also because often my self esteem has been a little poor.
So we chatted for a short while and then my friend vanished for a little while longer to create her script and then it was time. Time to go into trance (or fall asleep).
When my friend returned to the room we began. Firstly, I was to picture the point of a pencil and focus on that entirely. Unless I’m remembering something really good or really bad, my memory doesn’t usually come in images, as far as I’m aware at least, so I found this task quite difficult. After a while of trying and going through a list of inanimate objects that I could potentially see, we settled for a bubble and continued.
I then had to imagine being in my happy place and I opted for, as always, the beach. I’ve always found something quite relaxing and uplifting about being by the sea. Walking along a cobble beach and looking out at the never ending ocean that meets the sky on the horizon. For me it’s always been a place where I realise how small I am in this huge world and seemingly my troubles all drift away.
This is why the beach was my chosen happy place and I could vividly see myself walking out into the water, the tide washing over my feet. After hearing my hypnotist count down from ten to one, I remember nothing else that was said until I was being brought back into the room.
I was definitely in a trance. She said herself that it’s easy to tell when people are faking it and it took me a few attempts to go so I definitely went. I know I did. Whatever was said during the time I was under is unknown to me but will hopefully have impacted on my subconscious and improved my self esteem. Also, the session took about forty minutes but it truly felt like five had passed, another way I can tell that it happened.
The feeling I felt after the session was that of total relaxation. I didn’t care at this point whether I felt more upbeat about myself or not, I felt drunk on chill. I was walking around in a world of my own as if on mood enhancing drugs and it felt so good. I would definitely do the whole thing again just for this feeling to return. It was similar to the feeling you get when you take that first sip of wine after a really busy day, but I felt like I’d had a bottle when I’d had none at all.
Over the following few days when I was discussing my experience with others and they asked if I’d noticed a difference, I said that I hadn’t. Aside from the amazing feeling after, nothing had really changed. Then again self-esteem is something that isn’t black and white and I thought to myself that maybe I’d notice over time.
Someone who did notice is my boss and lovely friend, who said she’d seen a massive boost in my positivity and high spirits immediately. She also commented on the fact that during situations when I’d usually get stressed out, I’d managed to stay much calmer. Now, she knows me extremely well so I completely trust her word and I do feel great.
If anyone is considering having a go at hypnosis, even if you’re not certain about why, I’d say do it. You’ll feel amazing after and you will get benefits from it, you’ve just got to trust in the person in control and let yourself go.