Clients often ask me how they will be able to tell if they are in a trance. (I use the words trance and hypnosis interchangeably.)
This is a great question, as hypnosis does feel somewhat different from the relaxation of a Reiki or reflexology session. The closest comparison would be the experience of meditation.
But first, if you’re not familiar with hypnosis, I describe it in detail here.
This varies from person to person, but here are 10 ways to tell you’re in a trance:
1. You feel a change in your body. Again, everyone is different, but this might include tingling, numbness, heaviness or lightness, floating, or an absence of feeling in your body.
2. You feel a change in your mind. This might include a slowing down or quieting of that internal chatter, or inner critic. It’s an inward focus without the restrictions of the critical mind.
3. You’re not sure if you fell asleep. You may not remember everything from the session, which is a good thing. Your conscious mind may have drifted off, but I always ensure you’re still awake while your unconscious mind pays close attention to what I’m saying.
4. You can’t do math. Ha! This is one of my favorites. A client was trying to count out the bills to pay me after his session and it took him over 10 minutes. That’s what really convinced him he had been in a trance.
5. You’re more focused. Your mind is able to quiet and settle down and pay attention to what is most important.
6. You see visual imagery. Sometimes in technicolor! Some people are more visual than others, but it’s not uncommon to have a rich visual experience during a trance.
7. You’re not unconscious. Clients sometimes think they will be unconscious. It gets confusing using the words conscious mind and unconscious mind–but that doesn’t mean you’ll be unconscious during your session!
8. You’re more intuitive. I’ve had several clients tell me they knew what I was going to say right before I said it, numerous times during the hypnosis session. Clients often gain clarity and feel more connected to their intuition either during the session or after.
9. You lose track of time. The passage of time feels distorted: you may feel time moves very quickly, or feel like time is drawn out.
10. You feel deeply relaxed. This is an important one (although you don’t have to be relaxed to be in a trance). You feel peaceful and connected to yourself.
You can book here if you’re ready to experience hypnosis for the first time, or need a refresher or have another issue you want to change.