I’ve learned and practiced Hypnosis since 2009. And in that time, people have asked a bunch of questions about it.
But the one question that never gets the attention it deserves is how do you feel after Hypnosis?
After a hypnosis session, you should feel a renewed sense of positivity, purpose, or direction. It’s also common to feel a euphoric feeling afterward, also called The Halo Effect.
These effects can last for hours or even days, but they lessen the more hypnosis sessions you experience.
That’s not to say you don’t feel good afterward because you do.
I’ve been up to my neck in hypnotic practices since 2009. And I almost always come out with a sense of well being.
The Majority Of After-Effects from Hypnotherapy are Positive Effects
The overwhelming majority of people who have experienced Hypnosis as therapy have reported feeling more in control, happy and calm after their sessions.
They can relax more, their sleeping improves, and over time, confidence and self-esteem naturally upticks.
It’s a beautiful, euphoric feeling of positivity that immediately follows a hypnosis session.
This can last for hours or days though it lessens the more sessions you have, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there.
This halo effect becomes more internal and energies the engine or confidence and self-esteem. But that happens as a long term effect of Hypnosis.
There is also a sense of freedom that comes as difficult issues are overcome through hypnotherapy.
But There Are A Few Negative After Effects You Need to know about Too
Some people have experienced a few rare adverse side effects after a hypnosis session.
These are adverse reactions, and they can include.
- A feeling of anxiety or distress
- Feeling groggy or dizzy or light-headedness
- Upset stomach
Sometimes people may experience a low feeling afterward.
This may feel negative, but often, this is a way for your mind to deal with difficult or essential issues therapeutically.
Part of the journey can be allowing your Subconscious mind to go through that low. And then let it gently lift you upwards as your subconscious works through the issue.
People Who Have Experienced Traumatic Life Events Should Be Cautious When Going Through Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis may cause you to experience strong past emotions, and you can also run the risk of creating false memories.
Doctors have used Hypnosis to bring back memories and stressful events linked to a mental condition in certain circumstances.
Because it could cause the creation of fake memories, which will further confuse a person and create more problems than you intended.
Other Hypnosis Side Effects That You Should Be Aware Of
Even though Hypnosis is a very natural state of consciousness, there are a few after-effects you need to keep in mind. Especially when it comes to letting other people (hypnotherapists) have access to your inner mind.
Firstly you will be in a state of heightened suggestibility.
The first few minutes after you come out of the hypnotic trance, you will usually remain in a heightened susceptible state.
An experienced hypnotist can use this sensitive time to give you positive suggestions. The person will then take these suggestions forward into the days, weeks, and months ahead.
But this afterglow time can also be used for selfish means.
And the seeds to many a cult have been planted this way. This leads us into an after-effect called Bonding.
Hypnosis Is Usually A Delightful Experience
And after emerging from a hypnotic session, some people feel emotionally close to their hypnosis practitioner.
It can feel as if you and the hypnotherapist have gone through something significant together.
And for you, that very well may be true, but what about the hypnotist?
Forming rapport with the people they help is natural and good, but this bond may become inappropriate if the hypnotist welcomes extensive contact from you after the session is complete.
Then there’s abreaction. Abreaction is an intense emotional outburst, usually caused by the sudden uncovering of a root issue.
These are rare occurrences, but sometimes when a person is looking to resolve one issue using Hypnosis, they will experience a spontaneous triggering of a dramatic memory from the past.
Symptoms of abreaction could include uncontrollable crying, episodes of intense anger, or even feelings of deep fear.
If this happens, the best thing a practitioner can do is reorientate their client back to the present moment through suggestion.
The Day After Your First Hypnosis Session
So you made it through your first hypnosis session, and nothing weird happened.
You didn’t grow an extra foot out of your chest or anything like that. Maybe you did have an exciting dream, though, and that’s good.
Because now you know your subconscious is engaged.
But now, what do you do? Hopefully, your hypnotist has given you a recording of your session together.
Make sure you play it over and over again before you visit them for round 2. I would also advise you to learn self-hypnosis.
Because now that you know how it feels to go into and come out of Hypnosis, you can take control and go to even more profound levels.
Beyond that, keep working with your practitioner. The more times you go in and come out of Hypnosis, the afterglow will lessen, but your inner resources will increase.
And then coming out of a hypnotic session will be not only a pleasant experience but also a natural one for you.
What does it mean if you feel groggy after Hypnosis?
If you are not used to feeling completely relaxed, you may come out feeling a bit light-headed or drowsy after a hypnosis session.
These feelings usually occur when your conscious mind is adjusting back to waking reality from a deep trip into your subconscious mind.
After a few minutes, the feeling of grogginess will subside.
Your body responds like this when you are taking it to deeper levels than it’s used to. So that new energy from the deep needs to be worked into your system.
Hypnosis is energy work. And the deeper you go into your inner self, the more energy is exchanged. Your body will need to adjust to this new energy.
Sometimes that is expressed as the afterglow or a feeling of well being. But other times, your body just needs to sync and merge with the energy. If that’s the case, let it happen.
When you get home from your session, treat yourself to a nap. When I work with people, I always suggest that they have a fantastic night’s sleep with meaningful dreams.
What should I do if my practitioner is trying to form an inappropriate bond with me?
If you feel like there is anything inappropriate happening, you should leave as soon as it is safe.
You do not owe an explanation or even payment beyond what you have already authorized. But you may want to look into any associations the hypnotist belongs to and put them on notice.
Name and shame is a powerful tactic because most hypnotists and hypnotherapists live off their reputation.
I’m afraid of having an abreaction. What can I do about it?
First off, abreactions are rare.
Secondly, even if you do have one, it is not necessarily a bad thing.
You will not go crazy or lose your mind. You are just being human, and that’s a normal, natural thing. If past trauma is relieved, that is a good sign it needs to be dealt with.
Your Hypnotherapist may not be qualified to work with you as a psychologist. But they are usually more than able to help through the current situation while in Hypnosis.
Afterward, they can recommend someone for you to follow up with for more clinical therapy. Once these issues are known, your Hypnotist and your psychologist can work in tandem, helping you even more so.