What Is Hypnosis?

Common Questions About Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does however involve the induction of a relaxing ‘trance-like’ state, but when in it, the patient is actually in a heightened state of awareness (HSA), concentrating entirely on the hypnotherapist’s voice. In this state, the conscious mind is in neutral and the sub-conscious mind is revealed.

The hypnotherapist is able to suggest ideas, concepts and lifestyle adaptations to the patient, the seeds of which can become firmly planted.

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is thought to work by altering our state of consciousness in such a way that the analytical left-hand side of the brain is turned off, while the non-analytical right-hand creative side is made more alert.

The conscious control of the mind is relaxed (day dreaming), and the subconscious / unconscious mind awoken. Since the subconscious mind is a deeper-seated, more instinctive force than the conscious mind, this is the part which has to change for the patient’s habits, behaviours and physical state to alter. For example, a patient who consciously wants to overcome their fear of spiders may try everything they consciously can to do it, but will still fail as long as their sub-conscious mind retains this terror – thus preventing the patient from succeeding.

Progress can only be made by re-programming the subconscious / unconscious landscape of the mind so that deep-seated instincts and beliefs are challenged, abolished, dissolved, altered or even re-routed to something healthier.

What Form Might The Treatment Take?

Firstly, any misconceptions a potential patient may have about hypnosis should be dispelled. There is no loss of control. This idea is a complete myth. The therapy process does not involve the patient being put into a deep sleep, and the patient cannot be made to do anything they would not ordinarily do.

They remain fully awake and aware of their surroundings and situation, and are not vulnerable to every or any given command of the therapist. The important thing is that the patient wants to change some behavioural habit or addiction and is highly motivated to do so. They have to WANT the treatment to work and must establish a good clinical rapport with the therapist in order for it to do so.


The readiness and ability of patients to be hypnotised varies considerably and hypnotherapy sometimes requires a number of sessions in order to achieve meaningful results. However combined with the science of NLP, stopping smoking for example is usually achieved in just one single session. Walk in a smoker, walk out a non-smoker. It is useful to know that the patient can also learn self-hypnosis techniques which can also be practiced at home, to reinforce the usefulness of formal sessions with the therapist. This can particularly help to counter the affects of stress and anxiety related conditions.

Hypnosis or the state of trance is a natural state of the mind. When ‘under’ or in hypnosis you will often feel very relaxed, just like that wonderful feeling when you are tired lying in your bed and you are so overcome with comfort that you wish the moment could last forever.

By using simple hypnotic relaxation techniques you can easily attain this state at which time it becomes easy, with the help of a trained hypnotherapist to visualise yourself becoming healthier, happier, and more confident.

Learning how to practice self-hypnosis regularly can not only reduce levels of hidden stress, but can help to reduce levels of physical pain, and program you to be better at anything you focus your goals on.

Imagine it, to become it.

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