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Hypnotised woman

Claire Dares... Hypnosis

The first of Claire Adams' on-going series where she tries out things she would normally not have considered. How did she get on in the hypnotist's chair?


Last week when I was asked to be hypnotised against my fear of heights, all manner of pre-conceptions entered my head; I was convinced they would make me believe I was a goat in a Paul McKenna-style way.

When I arrived at the Alexander Practice though, I was immediately put at ease; he talked me through exactly what was going to happen so I let him work his magic on me.  The relaxing music began and Geoffrey began his talk – and, in case you're wondering, there was no swinging clock.

I was under for 35 minutes and I have to say I remember most of it.  I was fully aware of what was happening the whole way through, it was like day dreaming in a way, sort of half awake and half asleep – a state I'm in most days to be honest. 

Claire Adams
Claire Adams

For the first 15 minutes or so, Geoffrey talked me through relaxing the muscles in my body – it worked, I couldn't feel the chair I was sat on, my hands were completely numb and my mouth was wide open but I couldn't shut it (not very attractive).

So the real question has to be, has it worked???? 

Well, on my return, I hauled myself onto the top level of the … car park and peered over the top… nothing, I didn't have to cling on for dear life as usual, my legs didn't turn to jelly and I didn't get that feeling at the bottom of my stomach; I actually felt unbelievably calm.

Next week… Egyptian dancing lessons!!

If you have any suggestions for what I should challenge myself to do are more than welcome, please email me from the link below.  You can hear my audio diary on Sally Pepper's show, Saturdays 12-2.

Email Claire... email: claire.adams@bbc.co.uk
last updated: 09/05/06
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