Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is a genuine psychological process that can be used to treat specific symptoms, health conditions, or change behaviors or habits. It usually includes suggestions for relaxation, calmness, and benefits for your health and overall well-being, which may last during the session.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnotherapy is a technique that employs hypnosis to help overcome or treat specific symptoms or health conditions. Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration that allows people to experience detached external attention and to focus on inner experiences. Trance-like states are quite common. Have you ever zoned out while watching a movie, reading a book, or daydreaming, you’ve been in a similar trance-like state?

Hypnotherapy can be used either for entertainment or conducted for therapeutic reasons. You may have watched stage hypnotists asking members of the audience to perform some embarrassing trick.  Stage hypnotists are good at spotting subjects that are easily hypnotizable.

True hypnosis or hypnotherapy doesn’t involve swaying pocket watches or a Svengali type of approach where the hypnotherapist attempts to control another person using suggestion, or personal charm, often with evil intent. Furthermore, it isn’t practiced on stage as part of an entertainment act.

“Hypnosis is the oldest Western form of psychotherapy, but it’s been tarred with the brush of dangling watches and purple capes,” said Spiegel, who holds the Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professorship in Medicine. “In fact, it’s a very powerful means of changing the way we use our minds to control perception and our bodies.”

Source: Stanford Medicine – July 28, 2016 – By Sarah C.P. Williams

 How does Hypnosis work?

Medical research continues to show how and when hypnosis can be used as a therapy tool. Clinical Hypnotherapy is a procedure involving cognitive processes (i.e. imagination) in which the person is directed by the hypnotist to react to suggestions for changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for therapeutic improvement. Hypnotherapy is the treatment that will stimulate an individual to reach a state of hypnosis. Hypnosis is a genuine psychological therapy process as it helps to relax and open the mind to positive suggestions that can bring about desired behavioral or attitudinal change. It is important that you choose a trained hypnotherapist who is accredited to a reputable association and has insurance.

Benefits of Hypnosis

Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors or to help you cope better with anxiety or pain.  It’s important to know that although you’re more open to suggestions during hypnosis, you don’t lose control over your behaviors. 

Hypnotherapy can be an effective method of coping with stress and anxiety. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical or dental procedure. For many people, it is an extremely effective form of treatments and one that can have many benefits, from stress and encouraging relaxation, to quitting negative habits such as smoking or binge eating.