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Does hypnosis really work?

Yes – hypnosis is a great tool for many many everyday issues, like all tools it’s how they are used which makes the difference.  The possibilities are almost endless but hypnosis can help you make positive change. Here’s just a taste of what’s possible. 

  • Stop Smoking
  • Get over fears and phobias such as flying, heights, water etc.
  • Overcome anxiety
  • Reduce and better manage stress
  • Improve your sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Increase motivation
  • Pain relief
  • Confidence in professional and personal situations
  • Eliminate procrastination
  • Stop teeth grinding
  • Stop Bed wetting
  • Reduce exam stress
  • Improve sports performance 
  • Overcome mental blocks
    And a lot more

How does it work?

So it sounds useful, but how does hypnosis work and can everyone be hypnotized?  We could write an entire book about how hypnosis works and even then there would be some debate about the ins and outs of it. Let’s get to the point.  Hypnosis is essentially a naturally occuring experience which uses our imagination, guided imagery and sometimes relaxation to change behavioural patterns which are often difficult to do consciously. As it’s a natural experience, it’s experienced by everyone without even realising. During a hypnotherapy session we are deliberating creating a hypnotic experience in a more useful way. 

hypnosis and the brain

By engaging our imagination and engaging our unconscious resources you can start to change unwanted behaviour, no matter how long you have had it. 

Our brain is made up around 100 billion neurons all interconnected by trillions of synapses and our thoughts are the result of electrochemical reactions. You can already begin to imagine the complexity and how much is going on under the hood right as you read this. We are unconsciously and automatically processing millions of bits of information at any one time much like a computer.  If you took a baseball bat to the brain, you would affect its electro chemistry and interrupt and change habitual patterns, as well as our thoughts, emotions and perceptions. 

Thankfully, hypnosis is much much gentler and we will guide you and teach you to retrain your mind for the change you’re looking to achieve. 

Maybe you believe that hypnosis is a form of magic, and it can be very easy to believe this when we think about the typical idea of a watching swinging hypnotist as seen in Hollywood movies or even when people look seemingly out of control during a stage show. 

Movies and stage shows create the impression that a hypnotist is going to make you do something you do not want to do. However – this is far from reality, the people on stage during a stage show are there for entertainment and have volunteered to be there. 

So where’s the proof?  

There’s a whole body of evidence based research out there showing just how effective hypnosis can be. Typing the word hypnosis into Google Scholar will bring up some 300,000 results. 

Below you’ll find some examples of interesting studies.


Self-hypnosis training represents a rapid, cost-effective, non addictive and safe alternative to medication for the treatment of anxiety-related conditions. The tremendous volume of research provides compelling evidence that hypnosis is an efficacious treatment for state anxiety (e.g., prior to tests, surgery and medical procedures) and anxiety-related disorders, such as headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. 

Hammond, D. C. (2010). Hypnosis in the treatment of anxiety- and stress-related disorders. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 10(2), 263-273. doi:10.1586/ern.09.140


Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Hypnosis and HNRT were over three times more likely than NRT only participants to abstain at 26-weeks.
Hasan, F. M., Zagarins, S. E., Pischke, K. M., Saiyed, S., Bettencourt, A. M., Beal, L., . . . Mccleary, N. (2014). Hypnotherapy is more effective than nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: Results of a randomized controlled trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 22(1), 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2013.12.012

Tobacco dependency: Of 43 consecutive patients undergoing this treatment protocol, 39 reported remaining abstinent at follow-up (6 months to 3 years posttreatment). Barber, J. (2001). Freedom from smoking: Integrating hypnotic methods and rapid smoking to facilitate smoking cessation.

International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 49(3), 257-266. doi:10.1080/00207140108410075 


Golf performance: These results support the hypothesis that an hypnotic intervention can improve golf-chipping performance and increase feelings and cognitions associated with flow. Pates, J. (2000). Effects Of Hypnosis On Flow States And Golf Performance. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 91(7), 1057. doi:10.2466/pms.91.7.1057-1075 

Athletes: The 14 athletes participating imaged each situation in and out of hypnosis— half of the time the imagery in hypnosis came first and half after. The participants reported that the imagery under hypnosis was more intense for each dimension and more intense for each situation. Whether the imagery was done under hypnosis first or after was not significant. The findings suggest that hypnosis substantially enhances imagery intensity and effectiveness. Liggett, D. R. (2000). Enhancing Imagery through Hypnosis: A Performance Aid for Athletes. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 43(2), 149-157. doi:10.1080/00029157.2000.1040426


How can you be hypnotised?

If you’re curious to see how hypnosis can help you, you may decide to find a professional hypnotist to work with online or in person. This is our recommended option because your session will be personalised to your exact situation. 

Boost Hypnosis offers a free consultation. This allows you to get a feel for how it works and ask questions. Of course, the other objective of this is to ensure that this is the right solution for you. Remember it’s not magic and you have to want the change to occur in the first place. 

Another way to experience it is through an professionally made audio download or video , we have one available here which is designed to allow you to relax and feel good. 

How does a hypnosis session work?

At Boost Hypnosis, everything during a live session we do is personalised to your specific situation, we will discuss what you want to achieve and what’s been stopping you from getting there. We will outline the process and how you can get the most out of your sessions. We do not dig up your past or make you relive traumatic experiences. 

At the end of the session, we test our work and it’s our goal that you already feel better than when you started the session. 

How many sessions are needed?

This is something that varies. At Boost Hypnosis we can usually complete everything within just one to three sessions, per change that you are looking to work on. This is not set in stone as everything we do is customised to your needs. 

To get started, feel free to browse around this site and book a free online consultation.