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What is deep relaxation?

Deep relaxation is another way of achieving a state of mindfulness and receptivity, beneficial to the learning process, yet different from hypnosis. It is a state of greater consciousness, of more awareness of the Self, like in a guided meditation. In this state, you are completely available to learn a new language and the peace and receptivity which deep relaxation brings you make the learning process effortless and enjoyable.

How does Hypnosis feel ?

When your attention is entirely captivated while reading a book or watching a film and you don’t feel time passing by, or when you drive home on the usual road and your mind wanders away while driving on ‘automated pilot’ you are experiencing a modified state of consciousness which is a hypnosis state. Those hypnosis states are actually much more trivial than you may think they are, and each of us experiences them daily.

How does hypnosis help learning a language ?

In the example where you are reading a great book, you are relaxed, far from every day concern and in hyper-receptivity and hyper-availability. You feel comfortable. You are in the story, you actually live it emotionally and it is a pleasant moment in which you lose more or less the notion of time.

When driving home on the usual road you know so well, your mind is in a hyper-concentration and dissociation state. You are concentrated on the road but you can think at the same time of something entirely different.

Those elements of hyper-receptivity and hyper-concentration while being relaxed make you more available and receptive to take in the new notions of the language.

This state is reproduced intentionally in a hypnosis session during the hypnosis induction, with precise goals such as making the person confident, the mind available and receptive to the learning process. This creates the feeling that you are doing something nice which is as pleasant as reading a book or watching a film.

A hypnosis state will typically give you a profound relaxation and well-being feeling, which is of great help while learning a new language. (It is for instance very common for us to train tired businessmen/women from 6pm to 8pm who use this learning time to relax and get back home afterwards with renewed energy.)

What is hypnosis ?

It is a state of consciousness that can be artificially created, in which one is relaxed as well as focused on a certain subject. A person in a hypnosis state will see their perceptions evolve towards a greater awareness while feeling relaxed, confident and comfortable.

In this state, the person leaves the relative rigidity of the awake state for a more supple presence to the world where they welcome the new elements of the language easily. The person is then innerly in movement where there was stillness and unavailability before.

Switching from a usual awake state to a hypnosis state is like leaving a habitual perception for a wider one. It is switching from the control of thoughts to a sensory presence to the moment.

It is therefore an absolutely ideal state to learn a language. Thanks to hypnosis, the elements of the language are welcomed in a state of relaxation and confidence and easily integrated.

The learning process accompanied by hypnosis requires no special effort and little intellectual focus.

Last but not least, the process is done in an enjoyable relaxed state and goes most of the time effortlessly fast.

Can anybody experience hypnosis?

The state of hypnosis is a natural and spontaneous state which everyone experiences at times while awake.

It is therefore accessible to any of us. Everybody has the capacity of going spontaneously into a hypnosis state while doing a monotonous task that requires attention but allows the mind to wander, or while reading a thrilling book or watching a film. We are captivated. We are in a hypnosis state.

Each of us is also capable of being accompanied into a hypnosis state by a hypnotherapist through a speech called induction.

However, just like every human being is unique and different, the experience of hypnosis is personal and unique for everyone. As a result, the approach for leading someone into a hypnosis state is adapted to every individual and custom-tailored.

Just like any learning process, it becomes easier and quicker to be in a hypnosis state with regular practice. Everyone makes progress by training, and experiences more easily this very relaxing modified state of consciousness.

Each language lesson we offer comprises two short hypnosis inductions and our packages comprise regular hypnosis sessions with a hypnotherapist.

Is Hypnosis real?

Many are the sceptics who affirm not ‘believing’ in hypnosis.

But hypnosis works perfectly well without requiring any kind of belief so one doesn’t need to ‘believe in it’ for it to work.

The phenomenon has long remained mysterious, and some people are still suspicious about it. The progress in neurosciences in the 90s though was able to prove the existence of this state of consciousness and to analyse it through MRI and PET scans in particular.

So we can nowadays assert that the state of hypnosis is a scientific reality. Studies have especially shown that hypnosis enables to activate areas of the brain relating to both attention and relaxation. In a hypnosis state, a person can perceive reality differently and thus change the way they live in it.

Is Hypnosis safe ?

In a hypnosis state, we stay conscious and thus of course we remain entirely in control of our free will. It is the case when hypnosis is spontaneously experienced (absorbed by the film, we lose the notion of time) and also when it is purposely induced by a hypnotherapist. It is therefore impossible to perform under hypnosis actions which would go against one’s own will or one’s moral code.

A person under hypnosis only has the behaviors they allow. If they were to be suggested actions they do not want, the person would immediately leave the hypnosis state as quickly as they have gone into it and refuse the action they do not desire. (in the same manner, if there is a fire in the room one doesn’t stay absorbed by the film.)

And, most of all, a hypnotherapist is a kind-hearted and reliable person whose mission is to accompany you towards well-being and confidence, just like a doctor or an analyst.

They’re persons who you feel you can trust because they are dedicated to helping others feel good about themselves and accomplish their goals.

Which kind of hypnosis are we using ?

In our institute we use Humanist Hypnosis to accompany you in the learning process of languages.

Humanist Hypnosis is a very respectful form of hypnosis which doesn’t seek the dissociation of the conscious from the subconscious, on the contrary. The aim is to increase the consciousness so it becomes richer, fuller, and more fulfilled. As the therapist guides you to an augmented conscious state, the freedom of the person is at all times respected and they always keep the control. There is no possible manipulation. One doesn’t sink but rises to a peaceful state of well being in an enhanced state of consciousness, it is therefore easy to get out of this state at any given moment.

What should I do to enter in a hypnosis state?

You don’t need to relax or to ‘concentrate’. You don’t have to try and do anything special. You don’t have to focus especially on the suggestions.

The suggestions that we also call induction create the state of hypnosis naturally and easily.

Entering a hypnosis state is just letting things happen. It is making oneself, through the suggestions of the hypnotherapist, available and welcoming to the possibility of change and of movement without judgement. It is making one more suppliant to the world in order to adapt oneself more easily to it and to the reality and the present moment.

It is excellent to have no particular expectation or prejudice, not to try to master or understand intellectually what is going on, not to do anything in particular. One will then often feel a sort of gentleness, of agreeable passivity.

To let oneself be accompanied into a hypnosis state is to trust in the future and in one’s own resources. Those resources alone are plenty, and they encourage a kindness towards oneself and an enhanced curiosity in discovering  the language.

Learning with Eléonore and her team was one of the best decisions I ever made. I learnt so fast and with the extra treat of daily relaxation as well.

Irene