What Does Being Hypnotized Feel Like? Everything There is to Know

Are you thinking about undergoing hypnosis?

There are many benefits to being hypnotized. It can help with weight loss, addiction, and mental health, just to name a few. 

But, if you’re like most people, you probably have no idea what being hypnotized feels like. Many people form their opinion of hypnosis based on what they see in movies and TV shows. That is, they picture someone waving a pendulum in front of their face and saying, “You’re getting very sleepy,” as they start to doze off. 

But, is hypnosis really nothing more than a heavy sleep under someone else’s spell?

Check out this guide to learn what being hypnotized feels like. 

It’s Hard to Explain 

The truth is that the feeling of being hypnotized is very difficult to explain. 

This is because the experience of hypnosis feels different for everyone. Also, some people experience different feelings every time they’re hypnotized. 

And, hypnosis isn’t a “one size fits all”  experience. 

Therefore, when talking about what hypnosis feels like, we can’t talk about how you will feel. Instead, we can only talk about how you might feel. 

Let’s dive in. 

General Feelings of Being Hypnotized

Now that we know the feeling of being hypnotized is different for everyone, let’s dive into some general feelings that people experience during hypnosis.

Again, you may find that you experience all of these, or you may find that you experience none of these. Here’s what’s common:

  • Feeling hyper-focused on a single thought or idea
  • Feeling lost in thought
  • Feeling relaxed and at peace
  • Awareness of everything that’s happening (Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis isn’t a “deep sleep”)
  • Distorted sense of time

In addition to all of this, you’ll likely slow down your breathing and relax your muscles during your session.

It’s also common to have your eyes closed, yet still be able to hear and sense what’s going on around you just as clearly. 

This doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

In general, hypnosis should be a nice, relaxing bit of time that allows you to take a break from the stresses of daily life. 


If you’re dealing with some sort of trauma in your life, whether it’s past or present, it’s important to note that you may briefly re-experience emotions related to the trauma during your hypnosis session. 

However, these emotions will only surface very briefly, and an experienced hypnotist should be able to guide you through the session so you don’t get too overwhelmed. 

When dealing with traumatic emotions, some people feel a heaviness or numbness, while others feel a lightness or weightlessness. Again, it’s different for everyone. 

Also, what you feel can depend largely on the type of technique the hypnotist uses. You can visit this website to learn more about different hypnosis techniques. 

Are You Ready to Try Hypnosis? 

As you can see, there’s nothing to fear when being hypnotized.

The important thing is to choose the right hypnotist who can guide you through the session so that you leave feeling calmer and more relaxed. 

And, after your session, be sure to check back in with our blog for more articles like this one.