Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness in which sensory input is processed in a different way for that individual at that time, and is usually accompanied by relaxation and a state of focused attention. During the process of hypnosis there is an increased susceptibility to suggestion.
What hypnosis is
- Hypnosis is a natural state that occurs to all of us at least twice a day, during the period of time between wakefulness and sleep and the period before full wakefulness.
- It is a daydreaming or trance state which occurs when we’re in “auto-pilot”. Have you ever driven somewhere and when you’ve arrived at your destination, forgotten how you got there? That’s a state of hypnosis.
- Hypnosis is a state in which the right brain (emotions & imagery) is more dominant, enabling the hypnotherapist to communicate with the subconscious mind.
- Relaxation may or may not take place.
- The client will still be aware of their immediate environment, e.g. sounds.
What hypnosis is not
- It is not brainwashing.
- The therapist cannot control the client in any way.
- The client cannot stay in a trance state forever.
- The client will not do anything in a trance state that they would not ordinarily do.
- Hypnosis is not sleep, there is no loss of consciousness
- The client will not share secrets that he/she would not want to share.
Many physical illnesses (as many as 80%) have a psychological cause and can therefore be addressed and resolved in hypnotherapy. Some illnesses include: fibromyalgia, cancer, asthma, allergies, diabetes and many others.