DAY 1 – FOLLOWING FIRST SESSION
21 August 2019, 18:03
I know how great the ladies are that do the hypnosis; totally at ease with themselves, friendly, calm and extremely knowledgeable about their craft. I’ve also had the explanations and I’ve seen successful results with clients first-hand. So, I know it works, but when people ask me what happens during the session, I can’t tell them.
I therefore decided to book an appointment for help with my sleeping disorder, on the basis that I have not had a good night’s sleep in some 12 years or so. Plus, the situation has worsened since setting up the business, because now when I wake, my mind is so full of thoughts, ideas and concerns that invariably I end up cleaning, ironing or working on the computer in the early hours of the morning.
Anyway, the appointment took place earlier today and I am writing this up straight after. Firstly, I had to give some details about myself, name, address etc. and then we just had a general chat about my main concerns and goals.
The practitioner took notes and asked me quite a lot of extra questions along the way, which led the discussions in some surprising directions. I was also given a number of do’s and don’ts in my bedtime routine. Then I was asked a series of specific questions relating to my sleeping patterns and expectations. In fact, the first session for me was mainly talking.
Once the review was finished, I was invited to hop up on the couch and make myself comfortable. The only other thing I would say here is to make sure you take all the time you need to do this. I kind of took up one position and subsequently wished I’d snuggled into the blanket a bit more. I was still comfortable, but I’m conscious that I rushed when there was no need.
As soon as I was ready, the practitioner started talking in a calm, poised manner. I was certainly aware of everything that she said and I did feel myself relaxing more and more as the session progressed. I would sum up everything that she said was calming and reassuring. However! I did not feel as though I was in a hypnotic state, just a relaxed one.
Except! when I was being prepared to ‘wake up’ I thought, I’ll just open my eyes and jump off the couch…. but no, when it came to it, I was so relaxed I literally couldn’t be bothered to make the effort to open my eyes earlier than was intended. So I was in a hypnotic state but just didn’t realise it.
We had a little chat afterwards and I was given some homework, in my case late evening dog walking, and a technique that I can use every time I wake up through the night.
I still feel very peaceful, perhaps even a little floaty, with a side order of very tired, like I could just go to bed now and sleep and sleep and sleep. But I’m resisting and keeping active until my usual bedtime slot. I have another session booked for a week’s time and may need a third session depending on how things go. I will publish very brief daily notes of progress (or otherwise) between now and then.