What Does Hypnosis For Weight Loss Feel Like?
This is a question that comes up frequently when people are considering attending our hypnosis for weight loss program.
So what does it feel like to be hypnotized?
To be able to answer the question, first, you’ll need just a little information about the state of hypnosis itself.
To achieve a state where hypnotic suggestions can reach the subconscious mind, we use a form of guided, progressive relaxation that slows the random thoughts our mind seems to generate every few seconds.
We also use this technique to relax the body, calm the muscles and bodily tension so you are relaxed to the point where your subconscious mind is open to receive positive messages.
The mind will then use these positive messages to help you create new actions and habits that lead to success with weight loss (or whatever new outcome you hope to achieve).
Hypnosis can also be described as a way to focus attention while in a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. Though the word trance can sometimes scare people, hypnosis is nothing to be scared of or nervous about.
In a hypnotic state, a person’s attention is just focused so they are open to making positive changes in their thinking and eventually in their actions.
While in this state, clients sometimes are able to block out the distractions going on around them. Noises, movements, and sounds can be temporarily blocked out or ignored. We often see this in our hypnosis weight loss program because we do the sessions in a small group setting and occasionally someone has to clear their throat, cough, or sneeze and it really has no effect on the hypnotic state of others in the room.
Though our building is relatively quiet, there was even a time when during our sessions, several fire trucks and police cars went past the office. After the session, I mentioned to the clients that I thought the noise of the sirens would ruin the hypnosis experience. Amazingly, I got stares and odd looks from the group as every person of the 20 or so that were in the room told me the never even heard the sirens.
The experience of hypnosis does feel very nice and relaxing, almost like taking a nap. People often mention that it is the most relaxed they feel at almost any time during their busy week and life. The big difference between just taking some time to relax is that while hypnotized, you are guided to visualize the successful weight loss you hope to achieve.
You are also in a meditative state to allow you to focus the subconscious mind on a message of optimism, positive actions towards your eating, grocery shopping, and food preparation.
During hypnosis, people report that they feel relaxed and comfortable. I have never had anyone say they didn’t enjoy the hypnosis process. It is not often that people can take the time to focus on themselves and their goals for a few hours and many reports that the sessions are the most relaxing time of their week.
It allows them the time and gives them the tools to tune out the stress life and focused on themselves and their goals for a while.
I think this is one reason why people also enjoy our follow up sessions. The follow-up sessions reinforce the positive message of the weight loss program and again give a client time to focus on their goals and stay on track to reach them.
This relaxed meditative state also allows you to overcome the negative habits that lead to weight gain, things like emotional eating, stress eating, comfort eating and mindless snacking.
This meditative hypnotic state allows you to vividly see or imagine yourself doing the things you need to do to lose weight. In turn, this helps you not only see but actually carry out the positive actions you need to do to lose weight with hypnosis as the missing part of other weight loss programs.
How do you feel after a hypnosis weight loss session?
You won’t feel a miraculous change after a hypnosis session. It is not as though a magical switch goes off in the mind and your old habits and routines never reappear.
What you will see is that you will have slow, steady changes in your thinking about food and in your actions in dealing with cravings, junk food, emotional eating etc. Hypnosis makes weight loss easier and makes the changes in your life stick.
After the session, people report that they feel amazing, often like they have the best sleep of their life, they are alert, energized, motivated, and ready to reach every goal they have to their weight loss and health. They often state that after the sessions they also sleep better than they have in a long time.
So How Do We Achieve This State of Hypnosis?
There are countless ways to enter a hypnotic state or trance and everyone experiences hypnosis differently. There are rapid inductions that can be used and there are even conversational forms of hypnosis.
The rapid inductions can be useful for people that are very open to or susceptible to hypnosis. Conversational hypnosis simply uses methods of speaking and mannerisms that can induce a hypnotic state. There is also a way to use stories and metaphors to induce hypnosis.
In our hypnosis for weight loss program, we use a form of hypnotic induction that is known as a progressive relaxation. It is a way to relax the mind and body that is similar to falling asleep it’s just that you don’t always entirely lose conscious awareness.
That means that you are able to hear and sense things around you but typically your eyes are closed, you are not moving, just resting comfortably. Some clients hear every word that is spoken and others relax to the point where they almost feel (and seem as though) they are asleep.
We just have clients sit back in a zero-gravity recliner chair and go through a process that relaxes the body. Some people bring a pillow or blanket to be sure they are as comfortable as possible during the sessions. Being as comfortable as possible allows you to relax as much as possible.
Amazing changes can happen when you relax on purpose. In a way, it is almost as though the hypnosis sessions disconnect your mind and the body from your outward surroundings. That means that your awareness is withdrawn from the normal alert state and the environment so you can harness the full potential of your subconscious mind to affect positive changes without the filter of restrictions of the critical mind. This critical mind, our own “stinkin’ thinkin’” is often our own worst enemy when it comes to weight loss.
Changing our critical mind can help you overcome deep-seated beliefs that lead you to believe you can never stop overeating, stop giving in to cravings, stop giving in to temptations, stop giving in to self- sabotage or sabotage from others. Hypnosis will help you change negative habits that are unhealthy into positive thinking and actions that will help to lose weight easily and permanently.
Most people find that they when using hypnosis for weight loss the process or feeling of hypnosis is relaxing, enjoyable, fun and something they look forward to. The effects of weight loss hypnosis can not only help you lose weight but it can also make you feel confident, powerful, and mentally strong. You feel good about your body as it slowly but steadily changes while you lose weight.
It is so nice also when people report they have changed negative thoughts about eating and feel empowered so they can successfully lose weight in a healthy way.
By targeting the unconscious mind with powerful suggestion techniques, hypnotherapy can help you develop a positive relationship between food and exercise which is, in the end, is really the key to healthy weight loss and long-term weight management.
Hypnosis can along with our healthy eating plan is an effective method for losing weight. If you have any questions about our program that we hold in Berlin, CT each month, please feel free to reach out to us anytime at info@NEhypnosis.com