What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a highly effective and scientific method of assisting people in making changes in their lives to break undesirable habits, create new desirable patterns and help to solve problems leading to healing and greater fulfillment in life. In hypnosis, your mind is directed to specific beneficial goals that you wish to achieve.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective state. You may be surprised that there is a high probability that you have been hypnotized before. If you’ve ever concentrated so hard that you completely lost track of time, if you’ve ever been totally absorbed in reading a book, watching a movie or daydreaming to the point that you were oblivious to the environment around you, then you’ve experienced hypnosis.
This pleasant, calming experience can be used as a therapeutic technique to help you achieve your goals, improve your life and have better health. Hypnosis can provide the means to cope with the stresses of everyday life more easily.
Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind characterized by a heightened sense of awareness, focus and suggestibility. While in this state, your mind is more open, easily able to accept positive suggestions. It is an effective way of utilizing the powerful resources of the subconscious mind
for self-healing. It can also be described as a state in which your mind pays attention to things
in a different way.
In the deepest states of hypnosis, the body-mind-spirit connection is brought into complete balance. Most interventions require only a light level of trance to achieve success (which, incidentally, is why good advertising can work so well with the right combination of catchy phrases, music, sounds and appealing visuals).
Hypnosis is both a natural state of mind and a process in which the client and the therapist cooperate for the benefit of the client.
There are many common examples of being in hypnosis or “trance” in our lives every day.
Examples of hypnotic states include:
- Becoming absorbed reading an interesting book and forgetting about the room around you. Later, looking at a clock, you feel surprised that hours have gone by.
- Arriving home after driving for hours, and realizing you have no recollection of the drive, in spite of having successfully navigated your way by adjusting to the flow of traffic, turning, stopping, starting and other complex actions.
- Daydreaming or thinking about things far away from you at the moment. In this state, your surroundings easily can fade into the background.
- While your attention is captivated viewing your cell phone, the world recedes into the background.
- Sitting in a dark room amidst rows of strangers, facing a wall, experiencing feelings ranging from excitement to terror to sadness… You are all enjoying a movie at the theatre.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is the therapeutic use of hypnosis to create positive change on the level of the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.
Whatever the issue, Hypnotherapy can help to strengthen your inner resources and promote healing. The key is to find a certified practitioner that is adequately trained and certified to facilitate your hypnosis experience.
How long has Hypnosis been around?
Hypnotic techniques have been used for thousands of years. Certain healing therapies conducted by priests in ancient Egypt, Greece and China greatly resemble what is called hypnosis today. The actual term “hypnosis” originated with the work of a British surgeon, Dr. James Braid in the 1840’s. He had seen the work of a follower of Dr. Franz Mesmer’s theories and became interested in how only the power of the mind could bring about quick and lasting healing. He gave up using the term mesmerism and popularized the term hypnosis. The term comes from the Greek root word hypnos (meaning sleep) thus leading to some of the common misconceptions about what hypnosis is. Hypnosis is not sleep. If it were, it would be a very expensive nap!
Modern hypnosis has evolved into a well-respected practice and today it is used by Certified Hypnotherapists, as well as other professionals such as Doctors, Psychologists, Social Workers, and those in law enforcement.