You’re always striving to be a better version of yourself. You do yoga, you’ve tried therapy and you floss your teeth every night. So why not give hypnosis a whirl? It’s been scientifically proven to help some patients reduce anxiety, calm irrational fears and might even help you quit biting your nails. So in the hopes of reducing my stress levels, I tried out a session with New York City hypnotherapist Alexandra Janelli. Here’s what might happen if you try it, too.
You might be nervous. Like, really nervous. Before your appointment, it’s totally natural to freak the hell out. What does being hypnotized feel like? What if I slip into a hypnotic state and never wake up? Don’t worry. It’s more like guided meditation—you can’t be hypnotized against your will, and it won’t happen unless you’re really open and relaxed.
You might divulge some heavy stuff. Before the actual hypnosis, your hypnotherapist will ask you what you’re hoping to accomplish. In my case, I wanted to reduce my anxiety levels and cultivate a stronger feeling of inner peace. Janelli asked me questions about my past and how stress manifests itself in my life. It was like a cross between an intense therapy session and a tough love chat with my best friend, and within minutes I had total trust in her.
You might cry. Once you’ve entered a hypnotic state, it’s totally natural for your body to release any emotions you’ve been carrying around. Just let it happen—your hypnotherapist has seen it all before.