What’s Hypnosis?

What exactly is hypnosis? While definitions can vary, the American Psychological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to perform unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits; most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety.

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, behavior 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.

Benefits of Hypnosis

  • Hypnosis can help to treat addictions
  • It can help you to lose weight and keep it off
  • Helps to manage chronic pain
  • Relieve and reduce stress
  • Helps you to deal with childhood issues and traumas
  • Promotes a deep relaxation
  • Guides you to change your behavior
  • Hypnosis is used to recover buried memories
  • Hypnosis helps you in moments of depression and anxiety