Hypnotherapy & Stage Hypnosis

What you need to know about Hypnotherapy and Stage Hypnosis

What is Stage Hypnosis?

Have you seen a Stage Hypnotist or the TV shows where people think they have X-ray glasses and they really can see naked people?Now, wouldn’t that be fun at work or on the bus? What about would be James Bonds who, on hearing the theme tune, pretend they have a gun and move around like James Bond? Perhaps you’ve seen someone flapping their arms up and down, clucking and walking like a chicken.


Stage Hypnotists are clever people who start the selection process very quickly, sorting gullible, willing volunteers who are probably the most likely to be hypnotised and will happily go along with their act. They may use various strategies such as hand clasping, or hand levitation to see who is the most suggestible.

Volunteers once chosen might be told ‘I selected you because you are the best in this audience, you have to be extremely intelligent to be hypnotised!’ Okay! This is one powerful suggestion to make, to anyone.

Once volunteers are on stage the confident Hypnotist will carryout a brief induction and tell them to ‘sleep’.  Now – how many people do you know that would go up on stage in front of family, friends and the audience and say in front of the Hypnotist: “Sorry, but it hasn’t worked on me!”  Most will believe it has worked and some will think that it hasn’t worked, but it’s the Hypnotist’s fault.  Remember, they were all told they were the best and extremely intelligent, so they would feel pretty dumb to not go along with things.

So they all ‘sleep’ when they are told to do so and some may think there is a special force at work. So, if you have an expectation and belief that you will be hypnotised, you may also have a willingness to perform on stage.

Hypnosis generally makes people feel relaxed, more confident and have fewer inhibitions about themselves.  So they will be willing to perform small tasks.  Add alcohol into all of that, before the show and at the interval and inhibitions disappear quickly.  These volunteers may secretly want to be James Bond, Rocky, a chicken, Beyoncé or Wonderwoman and the chances are they will perform to the best of their abilities – in the most cringe worthy ways.  But the audience will laugh, jeer, clap and be entertained. 

These people are not being made to do anything – they are being allowed to do this.  They are there willingly and wanted to be a part of the show – it’s entertainment.

No one under Hypnosis would ever do anything that goes against his or her morals and principles. Stage Hypnosis is very different to Hypnotherapy.


Clinical Hypnotherapy is when a person who has an issue, receives Hypnotherapy from a qualified Therapist, who is preferably registered with an approved body and is fully insured. Hypnotherapy can quite often achieve rapid results where other traditional methods have failed.  

Hypnotherapy can be used to treat a wide range of issues including anxiety and stress, panic attacks, low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence, fears and phobias, weight management, stopping smoking as well as physical conditions such as headaches, pain, skin conditions and IBS symptoms etc.

Clinical Hypnosis is a different level of awareness, relaxation and consciousness (trance), which anyone can enter so that for therapeutic purposes, positive suggestions may be given directly to your unconscious/subconscious mind to create new good behaviours or habits.  In this way, hypnosis is an effective way of making contact with our inner (unconscious) self, which is both a reservoir of unrecognized potential and knowledge as well as being the unwitting source of many of our own problems.

So, What is it like to be Put Under, to be Hypnotised?

If I had a pound for every time I have been asked this question, I would have shares in Wikipedia or maybe Your Local link.

What happens in a Hypnotherapy session?

Generally speaking most Hypnotherapists will carry out a full consultation to get as much information about a person, background and medical history and also to develop rapport and build a trusting relationship. Once the consultation is completed and having found out what the issue is – using information gleaned from a client, I will then carry out a first session of Hypnotherapy.  This session helps me to see how a client reacts to Hypnotherapy and to see what level of trance/relaxation can be achieved. 

I use information from the consultation to give positive suggestions to the unconscious mind. Thereafter, each Hypnotherapy session is customized to suit each client and their issue/s.

You may feel a change in your body (everyone is different), and it might include tingling in your body or a feeling of lightness or heaviness. You may feel a change in your mind –a slowing down, that internal chatter or your inner critic becoming quiet. You may not remember everything from the session and your conscious mind may have drifted off.  I always try to ensure you’re still awake so that your unconscious mind pays attention to what I’m saying. You may feel deeply relaxed, peaceful and connected with yourself.

After a Hypnotherapy session you will feel more positive, calm, confident and in control, you will feel better than you have for a long time.


  1. Suzie on November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

    This is a great read and very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mark on November 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Great blog from what I’ve seen so far.

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