Frequently Asked Questions

John WinderI can only diet if my head is in the right place and it hadn't been for a while, a few months to be exact. So when I saw an advert about the virtual gastric band by Pennie, I thought this could be the answer for me. And it has been, I really wanted the therapy to work and to stay focused.

We worked on my confidence issues before the weight loss and now I can happily say I have lost over a stone and a half in about 8 weeks and still continue to lose. I also seem to have a different attitude to food now, eating smaller portions, less bread and drinking a lot more water.... which I didn't before.

I would really recommend Pennie for the results and motivation. Thank you again.

John Winder, Brighton

Many people who are new to hypnotherapy have questions about it, and I am always delighted to talk to you on the phone or by email and answer any specific queries. Below are answers to some of the more common questions.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis has long been associated with the strange and mysterious, but the truth is that hypnosis isn't the least bit mysterious or supernatural. In fact you have already experienced a hypnotic state thousands of times. You didn't notice it because it seemed so natural, which it is for all humans.

For example you may have found yourself driving along a familiar route and wondered how you even arrived at your destination. Everything you have learned about taking that journey is stored in your subconscious and as you drive your conscious mind drifts off, your subconscious becomes active and you enter a hypnotic state.

Daydreaming is the first of the levels in a trance state. When you are in a trance state you will experience relaxation, a heightened sense of awareness and be receptive to hypnotic suggestion.

Hypnosis is a safe way of accessing this natural intelligence and issuing new instructions to create seemingly miraculous changes in you, your behaviour and your body, to make you feel better mentally or physically.

What does it feel like?

You already know what hypnosis feels like, because you experience natural hypnotic states every day of your life, when daydreaming or driving or watching TV. These are those pleasant, dreamlike states where we "drift off".

In hypnosis, you enter these same, natural states deliberately and with awareness. It is a systematic method that allows you to relax deeply and communicate directly with your subconscious whilst issuing new suggestions or instructions. These suggestions are tailor-made for your individual needs, and will be made for you by your hypnotherapist. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the experience.

Will I be asleep?

No. You are awake, aware, and in control of everything that is happening throughout the session.

Will I be under the hypnotist's power?

No. You are in complete control and the trance state can be ended by you at any time. You cannot be made to do anything you do not think is acceptable. You cannot be made to 'violate' your own values or accepted patterns of behaviour.

What if I can't be hynotised?

You can. Everyone can. As long as you wish to enter hypnosis, you will. It's an easy, enjoyable and thoroughly relaxing process which becomes easier with each session as you become more familiar with the technique. We explore the best approach for you so we can discover the most beneficial way to get you into a relaxed state, where you can accept suggestions whilst in a receptive state of mind for change.

Is it safe?

Absolutely. It is your choice to enter the trance state and you can always choose to leave it.

Will I be able to wake up?

Yes. If you were left in a trance state by your hypnotherapist or self-hypnosis, you would either return to full consciousness on your own or enter a natural sleep and awaken after a pleasant nap.