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What is Hypnosis?
    Thanks to movies, books and television there are many misconceptions about hypnosis. To help clear up any confusion, let's talk for a moment about what hypnosis is and is not.

    For Example:

    • Hypnosis is not sleep. It is a state of increased awareness and concentration.
    • Hypnosis is not "mind control". It cannot make you do or say anything you wouldn't normally do or say. You control the hypnotic trance, and you can come out of hypnosis at any time if you wish.
    • Hypnosis is not "truth serum". You won’t reveal any information that you do not want to disclose.
    • Hypnosis is not a "magic wand", miraculous in itself. The power of your subconscious mind, which will be brought forth while you are in hypnosis, is amazing. The apparent “magic” of the positive changes that hypnosis can help you make is within you, in your subconscious mind, and not in the hypnotist.

      We are all subconsciously programmed to respond in certain ways to certain stimuli and situations.   This programming was often placed there by accident, and may be negative and unhelpful.   As an example, consider the child who is repeatedly told to "clean your plate" -- years later, the adult that child becomes may still feel the need to eat everything on a plate, and thus has trouble managing his or her weight.   Professional hypnosis is a way of communicating with the subconscious mind and changing such negative programming.

    Hypnosis is Safe and Natural
    It's important to realize that hypnosis is a natural state, one that all of us have entered many times in our lives, even if we've never been to a hypnotist.

    • Have you ever been driving on a familiar road, and been surprised when you arrived at your destination without remembering the actual journey?
    • Have you ever been "lost in a book"?
    • Have you ever "forgotten yourself", and perhaps been moved to tears, in a movie?
    • If you are a performer, have you ever been "in the zone" - making all the right moves "without thinking"?
    • These and similar experiences are everyday examples of hypnosis.

    Although hypnosis, by other names, has been part of the human experience since ancient times, even in this enlightened age there are disagreements among professionals as to an exact definition. Some see hypnosis as a science, and some view it as an art. The late Charles Tebbets, an internationally famous and highly regarded hypnotist, said this in his book Miracles on Demand:

      "There is no legal definition of hypnosis. Webster's dictionary defines it as artificially induced sleep, but it is actually a natural state of mind and induced normally in everyday living much more often than it is induced artificially. Every time we become engrossed in a novel or a motion picture, we are in a natural hypnotic trance."

    At Hudson Valley Hypnosis, we practice hypnotism as an art to coach, motivate, and instruct clients, and to increase their enthusiasm for self improvement through positive thinking and the capacity for self-hypnosis.