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What is Hypnosis Like?

At The Self Image Institute, we provide hypnotherapy services to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, stress, smoking addiction and dieting. However, many people don't quite know what to expect, and often ask us, what is hypnosis like? So, we have put together this blog to shed some light on what hypnosis is like and how it can help you overcome a variety of challenges.

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What is Hypnosis Like?

What is Hypnosis?

Before we answer the question, “what is hypnosis like”, we must first understand what it is and its purpose. Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which you are highly suggestible and open to change. In this state, your critical thinking is subdued and you are more likely to listen to suggestions. This makes it an ideal state for making positive changes in your life, such as quitting smoking or losing weight.

During hypnosis, you will be relaxed and comfortable, but you will remain aware of what is going on around you. You may even feel a sense of euphoria. The therapist will make suggestions to you that are designed to help you overcome your challenges. For example, if you are trying to quit smoking, the therapist may suggest that cigarettes taste bad or make you feel sick.

It is important to remember that you are in control during hypnosis and can come out of it at any time. You will not be forced to do anything against your will.

What to Expect in a Hypnotherapy Treatment Session

The experience of hypnosis can vary greatly from person to person. In general, you can expect to feel very relaxed and comfortable during a hypnotherapy treatment session. You may even find yourself feeling sleepy as the therapist guides you into a state of relaxation.

During hypnosis, you will remain aware of what is going on around you and will be able to hear the therapist's voice. You should feel in control throughout the experience and be able to come out of hypnosis at any time if you need to.

Some people may experience vivid imagery or memories during hypnosis. Others may simply feel very relaxed and comfortable. Whatever your experience, it is perfectly normal and there is no right or wrong way to experience hypnosis. During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist will work with you to help you achieve your desired outcome by tapping into the power of your subconscious mind and harnessing the resources that are already within you.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me?

Now that we have answered the question "what is hypnosis like?" we can now dive into how it helps our clients with Stress, Anxiety, Dieting and Smoking.


If you are finding it difficult to cope with stress, hypnosis can help you to relax and feel more in control. During hypnosis, the therapist will work with you to identify the root cause of your stress and help you to find healthy coping mechanisms. You may also be given suggestions for self-care and relaxation techniques that you can use in your everyday life.


Anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are some of the most common problems that people face. Hypnosis is a popular treatment for these conditions because it is non-invasive and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Hypnosis works by inducing a state of relaxation and focus. This allows the subconscious mind to be more open to suggestions. Once in this state, positive suggestions are given to the patient to help them overcome their problem.

For example, someone who is anxious may be given suggestions regarding how to relax and breathing techniques. These affirmations can help to retrain the brain to respond differently to situations that would normally trigger anxiety.


Many people struggle with their weight and feel like they have tried every diet out there. Hypnosis can be a helpful tool in losing weight because it can change the way you think about food.

When you are in a state of hypnosis, you are more open to suggestions. This means that you can be given suggestions about healthier eating habits and making better choices when it comes to food.

You may also be given affirmations about your body image and self-worth. These positive messages can help to change the way you see yourself and your relationship with food.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is one of the most difficult habits to break. This is because cigarettes contain nicotine, which is a very addictive substance.

Hypnosis can be used to help people quit smoking by changing the way they think about cigarettes.

Patients in a state of hypnosis are more open to suggestions. This means that they can be given affirmations about quitting smoking and living a healthier life. Furthermore, we help clients identify what triggers their addiction and find new, healthy ways to find the satisfaction a cigarette brings. These positive messages can help to change the way the person views smoking and make it easier for them to quit.

Contact Us

If you are interested in learning more about what hypnosis is like at The Self Image Institute, or if you would like to book an appointment, please contact us today at or 07534 448713. We offer a free consultation so that we can learn more about your needs and how we can help you.

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