Hypnosis is not sleep; it is a natural occurring state of mind brought about by the use of a set of relaxation techniques. It is a normal and spontaneous mental event that we inhabit on a daily basis.
One has experienced a form of hypnosis if one has daydreamed, missed an exit on the highway, cried when watching a movie, or been frightened while reading. These are all moments when we enter into an altered state of suggestibility.
There are some common misconceptions about hypnosis, exacerbated by distorted media reports and erroneous film segments which lead one to believe the hypnotist can control the client. This is simply NOT true. The hypnotist cannot control the client; one merely enters into a state of relaxed suggestibility in the session.
Hypnosis induces a state of complete relaxation, wherein the client can experience what is termed the "Bypass of the Critical Factor" and then establish acceptable selective thinking. The "critical factor" is that little niggling voice that tells us we cannot do something. It is the comparing factor in our mind and protects the status quo and resists change.
When in a hypnotic state, one will have the feeling of profound relaxation, whilst remaining in complete control. No one has ever been hurt or damaged by hypnosis; the worst thing that could happen is that one could fall into a state of sleep and not go into hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is a way to rediscover one's inner strength, put problems into perspective from a dysfunctional, often addictive, out-of-control spiral, creating a clearer, more positive mindset with which to cope with life's challenges.
Hypnotherapy can help in a number of areas such as:
... and many more issues