What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis an altered, yet completely natural state of mind.

 Everyone enters some form of hypnosis during the day and night when falling asleep and awakening.

 This natural altered state of mind can easily occur when driving a familiar route and not noticing the time passing, or when engrossed in a television or movie. Trance is natural, common and a normal state of mind. Therefore, most people can enter hypnotic relaxation easily, provided they want to, and provided they feel comfortable with the hypnotic process AND the hypnotist. 

Brain scans done on people under hypnosis show brain wave activity moving from a Beta to an Alpha state, or sometimes to a Theta state.

 This brain activity pattern is very similar to being engaged in meditation. After the first hypnotherapy session, people are surprised that they remember everything. 

This is expected because hypnosis does not induce amnesia or a state of no awareness. 

In fact, hypnosis is actually a state of much more heightened focus and awareness, and more is accomplished with hypnotherapeutic results when the person is aware of what is going on.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the combination of therapy and hypnosis. The open-reflective process of hypnotherapy includes the use of hypnosis to work with the subconscious mind to create positive change in the outlook and life of the person undergoing hypnotherapy. There are a variety of techniques and numerous effective applications of hypnotherapy with these points in common for the person seeking help: (1) a definite desire for change, (2) entering a deeply relaxed state of focus, and (3) being receptive to language and visualization that connects on the emotional level.

What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis is a process that induces a passive and receptive state of mind that facilitates communication between the conscious and the subconscious mind; whereas, hypnotherapy is a psychological healing method that makes use of hypnosis to treat problems. 

Hypnosis is defined as entering a deeply relaxed and focused state of mind, while hypnotherapy is the name of the therapeutic process in which hypnosis is used. 

Hypnosis is used by a trained practitioner for specific uses, including smoking cessation, weight management, overcoming insomnia, and many other helpful treatments. 

Hypnotherapy is used by licensed health practitioners and/or certified professionals, known as hypnotherapists, as a reputable therapy in the counseling process for reducing phobias and optimizing mental health. 

With a hypnotist, you will mainly be given relaxation and hypnotic suggestions to address the issues or behaviors you need to address to encourage positive change. With a hypnotherapist, you can regress to childhood to discover the patterns that cause the issues or behaviours, and change them within the subconscious mind for lasting results.

Who can be hypnotized?

Almost anyone who can daydream or who can follow instructions can be hypnotized if they want to be ; however, there are differences in degree as to the extent or depth that they allow themselves to relax into a state of trance. Being able to be hypnotized is not giving up control; and in fact, a formal hypnotic induction may easily be resisted at will. During the hypnotic state, a person experiences the ability to haveheightened focus while remaining aware and in complete control at all times. 

Even people who do not believe they can be hypnotized are often in astate of hypnosis while absorbed in an engaging television program or movie, as well as when they are about to fall into or wake up from sleep.

If I’m hypnotized do I give up control?

While in a hypnotic state, you always retain control and awareness with the ability to become fully awake at any time. Hypnosis is natural a state of relaxed deep focus that is very similar to being absorbed in a book or engrossed in a movie, and you can emerge from that state of focus any time you wish. 

When you realize that you are the one in control, you can decide how deeply into hypnosis you wish to go, and that a hypnotherapist is a guide who helps you on a journey. 

You also understand how empowering it is that you can initiate change in yourself. 

By going into hypnosis repeatedly you become more secure in how easy it is to affect positive change at the deeper levels of the mind, knowing you can stop a session if you feel uncomfortable. Hypnosis cannot make you do something that is against your will, morals or value system, and no hypnotist can make you do something that you don’t want to do. 

It’s essential that you want the change, and then hypnosis is an effective tool that can facilitate that change in a way that is quicker, easier and more long-lasting that trying to change without tapping into the subconscious mind. 

On the other hand, you canresist suggestions to change on an emotional level. 

Such emotional attachment issues (for example, the desire to smoke) can be addressed with an experienced and qualified hypnotherapist who can work with you to address the deeper issues. 

You have 100% control that you will not unknowingly reveal your deepest secrets to a hypnotist or hypnotherapist unless you truly want to and that you will be aware the whole time. 

It is even possible to tell lies while in a state of hypnosis, which is the reason that testimony given while under hypnosis is not permissible evidence in a court case.

How does hypnosis work?

Hypnosis works by putting a person into a safe altered state of trance characterized by deep relaxation and heightened focus with an extreme openness to suggestion, visualization and language that fosters positive and therapeutic changes. 

When used as a therapeutic tool, the hypnotherapist’s suggestions and visualizations to a person in a trance state can alter their behavior or outlook in a positive manner. 

People are more inclined to lasting change when given suggestions in the hypnotic state, and they are more likely to succeed because permanent changes take root in the subconscious mind. For example, a person who is claustrophobic in small spaces such as elevators can be given the suggestion while hypnotized to visualize a wide open space with no fear whenever they enter an elevator. Once they do it under hypnosis they can often perform the visualization successfully in reality because the subconscious mind does not distinguish between a genuine experience and a visualization of the same experience. 

Your brain and body react similarly to both experiences.

 Likewise, when treating a client for addictions such as a smoking cessation program or other harmful habits, by contrast, traditional treatment centers have a very low success rate because they are treating complex issues on a surface level of exercising the will power of the conscious mind that comprises only about 12% of the individual’s mind. 

However, when in a hypnotic state, the potential of accessing the remaining 88% of the subconscious mind to discover and address the underlying addictive pattern, achieves a greater and long-lasting success in breaking addictions and harmful habits.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

The benefits of hypnotherapy are many and can help in treating a wide variety different issues, including:

● reduce or eliminate fears and phobias

● improve physical conditions such as

● irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions,

● tinnitus and migraines

● relieve stress

● alleviate panic attacks

● promote normal, restful sleep

● improve performance at work or in sport

● smoking cessation

● weight loss

● overcome other unwanted habits

● control pain, acute and chronic (with

● physician referral

● motivation for school, business, and

● personal achievement


● preparation for surgery or other medical

● procedures

● ease pregnancy, childbirth and labor

● diminish and control anxiety

● treat depression

● improve self-confidence

● control mood swings

● manage anger and impulsivity

● improve concentration and study habits

● improve relationships

● reduce or eliminate fear of flying ● improve memory

● overcome fear of public speaking

● reduce PTSD

● control stuttering

● and many more!

How should I pick a hypnotherapist?

Talk with them over the phone and ask any questions at all. 

Listen for friendly and informative replies. 

Look up or ask about qualifications and professional training and memberships in professional organizations. Read reviews online or ask for references if you like! On a personal level, you should also be comfortable with the person’s manner, voice and style.

 Select one who gives you confidence.

Always keep in mind that hypnosis is not a treatment or cure for mental illness. Those who suffer from psychosis, suicidal depression, or who are on medications as a psychological treatment should only be hypnotized by an experienced hypnotherapist with the approval of their psychiatrist or doctor.