WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
I am pleased you are open minded and want to find out about hypnosis. This is my opinion based on the many descriptions available. Hypnosis is a pure state of focus, an altered state of awareness that every person of every age naturally enters into frequently on a daily basis. Some people cannot tell the difference between being hypnotised and the normal waking state, as it is neither being asleep nor awake, and can seem just like daydreaming. One example of hypnosis that most clients can relate to is when you may have driven from A to B on a regular route and arrived at your destination with no conscious memory of the journey, you knew the route so well your mind just “switched off”.
Hypnosis is a trance like state characterised by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It is not really like sleep, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of "losing yourself" in a book or movie, hobby or art/craft project. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you. You focus intently on the subject at hand, to the near exclusion of any other thought. During hypnosis, a person is said to have heightened focus and concentration. Hypnotized subjects are said to show an increased response to suggestions.
The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as “hypnotherapy" in the form of desired and beneficial suggestions given directly to the unconscious (subconscious) mind without the interference of the conscious mind. Suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. The days have long gone when hypnosis was seen as waving a watch from side to side and controlling people’s minds. In a hypnotherapy session you are always in control. All hypnosis is self hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is a safe, quick, and valuable therapy which helps access your subconscious to resolve issues, overcome pain, anxiety, stress and poor habits, and make positive changes to your life.