Hypnotherapy, breathwork and hands-on Somatic work all involve the use of healing non-ordinary states. These deeper states of relaxation, absorption and focus put us in contact with a larger experience of self and reality. Physiologically, these are the states where the body heals. Spiritually, these states move us towards wholeness, letting us gather our pieces, and feel for new ways of being that are more open to life, goodness, and flow.
Hypnosis is a natural state of focus, absorption, and receptivity. It has been accessed by cultures through out time though music, rhythm, dance, story telling, meditation, breath and the use of altered states to restore the body, mind, and soul. Casual states of hypnosis and absorption are experienced when you are driving and forget to think about where you are going, or when you lose yourself in a thought, memory, or in a movie or book. That sense of "losing one's self" is the relaxing of the boundaries around our usual sense of self. The subconscious mind then becomes open to possibilities.
Since hypnosis is connected to the nervous system, we also enter hypnosis anytime we are overwhelmed or stressed–when our thoughts and environments may not be our best. Thus, though out the course of life, people gather trances and suggestions. These include roles we play, relationship dynamics, energetic or emotional resonances, and also adaptive strategies that helped us survive in the moment, but now have outlived their helpfulness and may be limiting us. For this reason, hypnotherapy–or the formal use of hypnosis–could be described as de-hypnosis. It is the process of becoming free from the inaccurate or no longer helpful beliefs about ourselves and the world as well as the behaviors that went along with them. It is the breaking of old trances so that we become free to see life and self as they really are.
You can choose to do sessions purely based in hypnotherapy, or we can mix hypnotherapy with the other modalities of breath and touch. In all, of these forms, we will occasionally make recordings so that you will be able to practice on your own (you will need to bring your own phone or recording device). These recordings are specifically tailored to what you are working on and also the way that your mind receives information. Hypnotherapy also includes the use of imagery as a way to communicate with the subconscious and nervous system. This also builds connection to inner vision and is very soothing. Through working on whatever is arising in your current life, and whatever these situations are calling for, you will work to reclaim the power of your mind.
Contrary to common misconceptions, we stay fully aware and in control while in hypnosis. You can talk, open your eyes, and come out at anytime–in fact, given the concept of de-hypnosis–"waking yourself up" might be one of the most valuable skills you learn. Hypnosis is not mind-reading and won't cause you to say or remember things that you do not wish to. The purpose is to return you to your own power and knowing. You may feel many things, or you may not feel like much has taken place at all, but you will likely emerge feeling more relaxed, energized, more confident, and clear.