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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a completely natural state. Everyone experiences it several times a day. Any time you daydream - when you are doing something and your mind wanders off to another time or place. Or, when you are totally focused - such as watching TV, studying, or driving a car.

These are examples of everyday natural hypnosis. In this natural state the inward focus of the mind increases so that the subconscious mind becomes more receptive and responsive to positive suggestion and ideas. This is the way you can make positive changes. Hypnosis is not like being asleep or unconscious (a popular misconception) because you are very aware while you are in hypnosis.

You are in full control at all times. You can hear the therapist's voice and other sounds, and you can open your eyes and come out of hypnosis at any time. But, when you are so relaxed, you'll probably just want to keep on enjoying the feeling. Hypnosis is like the relaxed mental state we experience between wakefulness and sleep, indicated by the same brain wave patterns as hypnosis.

As well as occurring naturally many times each day, hypnosis can be brought about intentionally, usually through focusing exercises and relaxation.

You can take yourself into hypnosis (self hypnosis) or seek out a professionally qualified hypnotherapist to assist and guide you. When you are in hypnosis you are very aware, and your mind is highly alert and focused on what is being said to you. Because your mind has the ability to "tune out" other sounds, they will not disturb you.

You are able to move and talk easily (e.g. scratch your nose, or answer questions) and you can also come out of hypnosis any time you choose. However, as it is such an enjoyable state you can relax and enjoy the experience, focusing on what is being said for your benefit. Many clients learn self-hypnosis so that they can take themselves into deep relaxation whenever they choose. It's very easy.