What is the Best Hypnosis?
Who makes the Best Hypnotherapy Products?
If you are an old hand at using hypnosis, or new to using a behavioral modality of subconscious change, the questions often arise
“What is the Best Hypnosis Product to use”?
“Who makes the best hypnotherapy sessions for download”?
“Is there a difference between the brands”?
If so – how do you find the most powerful hypnosis for your needs? Let’s examine how you can compare and review hypnosis products available online to make an informed decision.
Understanding .. What is a Hypnosis Session?
Hypnotherapy products are a system of changing behavior and attitudes by communicating to your subconscious mind (rather than your conscious self) the types of changes you want to have. The major benefit of using hypnosis is that it does not rely so much on your self awareness, willpower or ability to make decisions and take actions for yourself. Rather, they create a relaxed psychological condition where certain processes (such as focused attention, increased suggestibility and conscious critical analysis) are changed. The relaxed state or hypnotic trance allows for a situation where you become open to the influence of the hypnosis recording – change occurs in the unconscious and new behaviors and beliefs result.
The Anatomy of a Hypnotherapy Session
1) The Hypnotic Induction:
The Induction is a process of creating the hypnotic trance, the psychological state where the various phenomenon used by a hypnotist can be used. The earlier systems of creating hypnotic relaxation involved a technique known as ‘progressive relation’, whereas the more modern approach is focused on conscious awareness shifting.
Progressive Relaxation employs an awareness of your breathing, and you are instructed in a full body tightening and releasing of your muscles. A typical induction using this method takes between 20 and 30 minutes. This system of producing the hypnotic trance is of benefit to people who have a difficult time being able to relax as it goes through your entire body, one piece at a time, tensing and releasing physical stress. Progression relaxation has been steadily moving out of vogue as it takes a great deal of time, is incredible boring for most people and will often put a subject to sleep instead of hypnosis.
Conscious Awareness Shifting started to increase in popularity after it was introduced as a basic NLP hypnosis induction method. This approach uses a guided focus of your awareness, starting with easy physical events (chest rising and falling, weight of your body) and crossing over from the physical into verbal and emotional modalities of experience (feelings of peace, colors within eyelids, location of the voice inside your mind). The use of crossing and syncing the different modalities of experience (Kinesthetic, Verbal, Visual) is typical of our normal inner worlds and allows a subject to go within at a much quicker pace.
2) The Deepening:
Once the Hypnotist is aware of the signs of hypnotic trance, a form of deepening the level is employed to increase the desired state and establish a rapport where the subject is more likely to follow instructions. A deepening focuses on the physical feelings of relaxation and expanding this sensation at an ever increasing level. Typically some form of downward count from 10 to 1 is employed along with constant suggestions to ‘go deeper, relax more and more’. A person will be asked to imagine walking down a flight of stairs, or an elevator, in a (hopefully) soothing and mono-toned voice. Sometimes a hypnotic test will be used, such as suggestions that you can not move, or your eyes are shut tight and can not open, which reinforces the subject to accept the following suggestions.
3) The Therapy:
This is where the magic happens! The actual therapy used in Hypnotherapy can differ among each therapist depending on their experience, philosophy about hypnosis, skill level, psychological knowledge and personality. In the early days of Hypnotherapy the therapy consisted of mostly suggestions for example, “You are confident, You are Motivated” and relied on the process of increased suggestibility of the subject in a hypnotic trance.
Today a variety of different approaches are used, some grounded in psychological research, and using researched methods. Some based on the teacher who trained the therapist, and many based on the personal philosophies of the hypnotherapist themselves.
A psychologist will tend to use modified versions of traditional psychological counseling and therapy. This will include Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) most commonly. The Psychologist who uses Hypnotherapy, understands the limits of any type of therapeutic approach, and will use the relaxed state of hypnosis to increase the effectiveness of what they already know.
A lay person will usually read scripts they have been given as part of their training, or encouraged to purchased from someone else. Often the scripts are based on years of use, and are effective. On the downside it is difficult to personalize a standard script you have learnt to memory and many online hypnosis session will be using the same script.
A new age therapist might use imagery of angels or other supernatural energies. Great if you believe that asking the universe for assistance, and can work based on the placebo effect (30% of results come from the belief it will work).
4) The Waking Procedure:
After the therapy section of the hypnosis process, a client is brought back to the present moment using a wake up procedure. The variation in this can be from gentle feelings of floating back up into consciousness to a quick jot back into a waking state.
Because all of these processes have multiple variations and contrast available in their approach, each hypnotherapist is going to generally produce their own unique style and interpretation of the hypnotic experience. This variation of the therapist approach and the individuality of the person listening to the session makes the questions of “What is the best Hypnosis” a little more difficult to answer.
What Style of Hypnosis is best for you?
If you are a no nonsense, pragmatic type of person, perhaps someone trained in logical thinking then you will likely respond better to a hypnotic approach that is grounded more in traditional psychological approaches to therapy. You will appreciate that 2+2=4, you will establish rapport more with an approach that has research behind it and known to produce results.
On the other hand, if you are a spiritual person, guided by your emotional experience and convinced that the establishment is not there to help you. You are less likely to appreciate the more traditional scripts, and be open more to a metaphysical guided imagery. So lets examine some of the different aspects you can look for to decide.
Hypnotherapy Product Comparison
What to look for when you are thinking about purchasing Hypnosis online. It goes without saying that being sent a spam email is the last reason you should purchase a product.
On the Website
5) Hypnosis Website Quality:
What does the website look like? Does it look ugly or attractive? The reality is you can probably not tell the quality of the best hypnosis online from the actual website. It is possible that a great hypnotist is not also a great web designer, just as it is possible that an internet marketer with access to great designers can produce an amazing looking website and draw you to it with email bombing …but not have a clue how to create hypnosis sessions at all.
You can safely assume that if the website is making money (which means repeat business) that the site itself will have a modern look and appear to have some time and money invested in making the hypnotherapy website look attractive.
6) Secure Payment:
In order to have a secure payment gateway (this means an SSL Certificate) the owner of the website has to provide evidence that they own the website, and pay for the SSL. Does the website allow credit card processing, or just a free gateway like PayPal? In order to process credit cards, it requires extra expense on the part of the website owner, including banking accounts that are related to the business itself. If a site does not accept credit card processing within their site (meaning you do not have to leave the website) it is a sign that cost shortcuts have been taken and you might be better to avoid making a purchase
7) Whois, Website Age and Contact Details:
For the technically minded, doing a whois search to find out who owns the domain name and whether or not they have registered the site under their own name (or business name) or not. A real therapist has nothing to hide, a con artist does. If the whois search does not provide you with details of a real person then avoid the product sold on the website. Anyone can registered a website address for as little as $2, and if it has been done by a genuine therapist – there is no reason to hide the details.
You can also check the age of the website. How long has the domain name been online? does it relate to how long the Therapist claims to have been providing products?
8) Product Reviews:
Does the website and the hypnosis available have any product reviews? Does it have too many of them?
The reality is that
1) A website owner can make up product reviews, and
2) Hypnotherapy customers tend not to want to leave reviews because of the personal nature of purchase.
Look for a balance here. Do all the reviews have imagines of customers? If they do it is a tell tale sign the reviews have been made up. Are the products too glowing? Does every product seem to have more than one review? Imagine if you where to leave a product review for the session you buy, what would you say? Product reviews are nice – but they are not a reliably way to determine the authenticity of the product quality
9) Therapist Profile:
Is there one? Is it linked to social media profiles? A real therapist is likely to be proud of their products and the service they provide. A marketing website however will want to distance themselves from the public knowing who they are. If there is no Therapist profile stay away! What are the qualifications of the therapist? Again anyone can do a two week course and be certified as a therapist. Do you really want to trust your therapy to someone who has no qualifications other than hypnosis?
There are many very good hypnotherapist who have only a layman’s qualification – so look to see if they have shown an interest in getting better by extending their skills and abilities. A professional will have spent years (not weeks) developing their skill level. Does or has the therapist had physical clinics? Are they experienced with real life clients or only comfortable sitting in front of a microphone and a recording program.
10) Hypnosis Free Samples:
Perhaps one of the best ways to find the best hypnosis products online is to be able to hear in advance what the sessions sound like. Many websites will not have audio samples of their hypnosis products, some will have an introduction or comment about the therapist or about hypnosis. Look for a website where they provide samples of each product. Then you are able to listen and see if you like the voice and style of the product before you make a purchase.
Making a product sample takes time, so a product mill site, will not take the time to create a sample. You can be sure that if a Hypnotherapist has taken time on the presentation of their product range (by taking the time to create and provide a sample) this is a good indication they are proud of their work.
11) Product Description
How long and detailed is the product description? Does it look as if the content was created to explain and describe the product or made by a content creation program and not very descriptive at all? Remember this is a therapy product. You are entrusting your mental health to someone else, so has that person taken the time to explain to you about the product.
Good signs to look for are descriptions of the issue the product is designed to address, and HOW the product will work. You want to know that a product is designed to do what the product title says. Look for a brief description of the issue at hand. Does the product description give any indication that the therapist understands what causes or creates the problem? Do they explain what approach the session takes to address the issue? Examine the description of the hypnosis session – ask yourself has the therapist taken the time and effort to explain to me what I can expect? or is this just a few paragraphs that tell you nothing?
12) Amount of Product – Single Sessions vs Bundles
Hypnosis works very well on unspecified problems and issues, within a global domain of behavior, attitudes and beliefs. This means that if you have a problem with confidence for example, gaining general confidence will also give you confidence in other areas. Does the Hypnotherapy download site offer address your real needs, or look like it is trying to make money providing many titles for the same thing? Does it have a session for Confidence, or are they selling a ‘pack’. Do you really need confidence for driving, dancing, with people, with running, with a man, with the boss, etc. Are you likely to be getting the best hypnosis product if you need to buy more than one product to address your needs?
Along the same lines are bundle packages. It is common knowledge in internet marketing if you offer one product for x amount, offer more for a discount. Hypnosis is an effective form of changing who you are, and it does it quickly and effectively – so do you need a bundle of 4 or 5 product titles to achieve what you want to change? Are you the type of person that just wants to address your issue in the quickest single approach – or do you personally like the overkill approach where nothing is left to chance.
Have a look at how many products are available on a website. Does it look like the providers of hypnosis downloads are trying to cater for everyone with a title for everything? Ask yourself what you think the aim of this is?. Is it a sign the hypnotherapy provider is meeting the market place or could it be a sign of greed? It might indicate that the therapist has no idea how to use hypnotherapy to create results – so they cover their bases creating titles for everything.
13) How many Product Titles
Hypnosis is NOT a magic bullet. There are well established science and studies that show hypnosis works for belief, attitudes and behaviors. In other words hypnosis works for Mindset traits. It will not make you grow taller, make you hear better or cure cancer. Does the therapist seem to appreciate that there are limits to hypnosis or are they providing a cure for anything you can think of? Either this is an indication of very little real knowledge about hypnosis or a blatant attempt to exploit the customer for money.
At the same time, it will depend on your personal philosophy for how life works. If you feel that there are infinite possibilities of creating your reality – you are unlikely to accept when an expert tells you it is not possible (many people are proud to defy the ‘experts’).
14) Free Information Signups and Spam
Does the website selling product offer you free information, articles or product? Does it look as if the hypnotherapist has a real interest in educating people and making their lives better – and are they doing it with no further commitment to their customers?. Website owners are business people. They know that having discount point rewards or signing you up to a newsletter is likely to increase your repeat buying.
And there is nothing wrong with having this option if you want to follow the website or person. Having to sign up for a newsletter in order to get a free download is a great marketing concept – but do you want to receive endless spam in order to get something? Does the fact that the website owner is a good marketer increase your impression of how effective their product must be? Or are you the type of person who just wants something that says it is free to actually be free.
15) Outlandish Claims
These can come in a few forms, first claims about how wonderful hypnosis and their products are, and claims about how amazing they are. Does the website or therapist make outlandish claims that you can never confirm? Do they claim to have 100% success rate (impossible) or 20 million downloads? Do they claim their ‘real life’ time is worth thousands of dollars per hour? or that all the most important celebrities come to them first.
My mother likes to say, if it sounds too good to be true – it is not true. I prefer the saying, if it looks, like shit – it is shit. A real therapist will respect the privacy of their clients, no matter how famous they are. A responsible therapist will not enhance their ability or the magic qualities of what they sell. The best hypnotherapy products do not need to over sell how amazing they are – this is a red flag of a con.
Some Red-flags to look for that would indicate the product or therapist is working outside of what is normal would be: …
- Their Personal fee for private therapy is excessive
- Most Movie Stars or high powered Executives ‘seek them out’
- They are the Best
- Number of products sold (The internet is about 10 years old, to sell 500,000 sessions in this time would amount to 140 products a day. Hypnosis is a low search term globally – it is impossible)
- They use a method ‘un-known’ to anyone else
- Physical transformation that does not require mental change (growing hair, or taller, improved eyesight)
- Works while you Sleep (Evidence says the opposite)
The Hypnosis MP3 or CD
16) The Therapists Voice.
You are going to be listening to your hypnosis session for a period of time, so it is important that you actually enjoy the sound of the voice and the way in which the hypnotherapist expresses the therapy. Can you understand the accent? is the voice too high or low in pitch? Does the therapist appear to have a personality or is their aim to bore you to sleep? Considerations include
Tonality: Is the tone of the therapist appealing? In the early days it was considered important that the therapist use a monotone, slow, deeply resonating voice to place suggestions. Today we know that such a method is not required, It might be used for the hypnotic induction, but does not fit for example with a session for motivation where you want to inspire and increase the energy levels.
Accent: Does the accent appeal to you. It is well understood that a foreign accent can increase or decrease the perception of ability in a person. Americans mostly favor another type of English accent, and sometimes with the different words used to describe items (elevator/lift, trash/rubbish, pavement/sidewalk etc) it can throw you a little during the trance as your conscious mind notices the incongruity
Speed: We process the world using our primary senses of sight, feelings and words. If you prefer feelings over words, you tend to also prefer a slower pace of speech. If you are Highly visual you tend to prefer a faster pace because you have instant access to your images. A slow thoughtful talker might get on your nerves. A good hypnosis session will include elements of different speeds of voice
Choice of Words: In keeping with us processing the world in different senses, we also respond to words that describe best our preferred method, For example, Visual (see, bright, dull) Verbal (clear as a bell, sounds right for you) and Feeling (sense, feel, warmth, down). While not a super important factor, if you are sensitive to this you will notice a difference in how you feel about a session
Any therapist who also has knowledge of NLP will know to use this form of communication. Someone who has created their own original hypnosis scripts is more likely to infused their personality and cater for the different styles in which people process the environment around them.
17) Length of Session/ Audio Quality
Most people do not want to speed hours listening to a hypnosis session, so be wary of hypnotherapy that uses a 30 minute gradual relaxation induction followed by the therapy. CD Quality is recorded at a rate of 128 kbps so a 20 minute session will be around 18 Megs, and a 30 Minute session around 30 Megs. If the hypnosis session seems too long or too short or the file too small or too large this can be a direct reflection on the quality of the recording and the therapy used.
18) Philosophy of the Therapist
Maybe one of the most important aspects is if the type of therapy a hypnotherapist is using gels with your own word view. Do you want angels or dolphins telling you that you are wonderful? Would you prefer a session that relies only on the increased suggestibility while in trance and only uses positive affirmations? Or are you looking for a more traditional psychological approach that uses hypnosis to increase the effectiveness.
Some Hypnotists are new age, some are psychologists while others can follow all manner of strange or religious influences in their approach. Does the therapist include product titles that seem to rely on you accepting that your mind is all powerful and can do anything? If you are not sure you can find out more at the article Myths about Hypnosis
It is important that you find a therapist that fits you view of the world. Is it metaphysical? or Scientific? Anyone can call themselves a Hypnotherapist and anyone can make a website and audio recordings. You really want to ensure that the professionalism and expertise of the therapist matches the trust you are placing in their services.