Saying you can’t get hypnotised because you’re too tense is like saying you can’t shower because you’re too dirty.

About half my clients initially express concerns that they can’t switch off, they can’t relax. They may suffer from various types of anxiety or stress, so they forgot what it’s like to wind down. The funny thing is that those are the people who tend to go deeper and faster into hypnosis than the rest! My theory is that once their subconscious realises they can relax, it makes the most of the opportunity and takes them down all the way.

Also, most people don’t realise that they experience trance states daily. Becoming absorbed in a good book or movie is experiencing hypnosis. Driving on long trips on automatic pilot is known as motorway hypnosis. Becoming bored or allowing your mind to drift away leads to hypnosis. Becoming extremely engaged in something and allowing your mind to focus means that you are experiencing hypnosis. Because of the rhythmic sounds and swaying, riding on the train is often a highly hypnotic experience. It is a very natural phenomenon.

Once you’ve realised you can actually relax, both physically and mentally, it is easier to repeat the experience on purpose. Your hypnotist will give you tips on how to replicate it, and this will be easy because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. A hypnotist is there to facilitate your trance, just like a personal trainer would help you in your workout. A hypnotherapist takes it further and helps you make the most of your trance by guiding you in an appropriate manner, whether it is positive suggestions, guided visualisation or by using more analytical models.

With this help, you can bring about the lasting changes you want.

So, just follow the simple instructions from your hypnotist and you will enjoy a pleasant hypnotic trip. Want it to happen and you will make it happen.

For more information on about hypnosis and how hypnotherapy can help you, just call us on 01303 684056, or email

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Christophe Courtin

Christophe Courtin

Christophe is a hypnotherapist at Folkestone Hypnotherapy, specialising in stress, anxiety and depression management, working face-to-face in Folkestone, Kent and also online via Zoom. While specialising in helping people with anxiety and stress, he can also help you in many other areas such as phobias, smoking cessation, chronic pain, motivation, and low self-esteem.