Hypnosis is actually a very natural state that nearly all people experience to varying degrees throughout their lives. Hypnosis is simply a relaxed, yet focused, state of awareness. Whenever you are deep enough in this state you are at some level of hypnosis. As just one example, most of us have had the experience of driving for long periods of time without being able to recall memories of where we just traveled or even what we were thinking about. This state is often referred to as “highway hypnosis” and is just one example of a hypnotic state. In a clinical setting, hypnotism is associated with a trained hypnotist helping to produce this relaxed, focused state within the mind of the client so that you can make positive use of this relaxation of conscious thought. This hypnotic state allows greater access to the subconscious mind where deep, lasting, positive change can occur. (Research has shown that up to 95% of our perceptions and decisions are based upon our past experiences and subconscious thoughts rather than the actual physical environment and stimuli)
During the hypnotic state, you will typically feel very relaxed, yet aware. Studies have shown that brain activity during the hypnotic state is very similar to deep meditation and feels much like that pleasant state just prior to falling into or waking from sleep. While in this state, you can receive suggestions to increase motivation, alter behavior patterns or unwanted habits, increase or create positive emotions, and diminish or eliminate negative emotions. These suggestions are based upon your specific needs and the agreed upon Personal Change Plan. Metaphors, stories, guided imagery, and creative visualization are also often used while a client is in hypnosis. All of these methods can be powerful tools to help you affect positive life changes and create a greater sense of well-being. You should find your experience with hypnosis very pleasant, rewarding, and effective in helping you to make positive life changes.