Hypnotherapy - What is hypnosis ?

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What is hypnosis ?
What is it used for?
Can I be hypnotised?
Are you hypnotisable?

What is hypnosis?

The best way to view hypnosis is as a state of intense relaxation and concentration, in which the mind becomes remote and detached from everyday worries and concerns. In this relaxed state the subconscious part of the mind is best able to respond creatively to suggestion and imagery. It can focus on the things you wish to change and on the ways you can best do so, free from analytical or anxious thoughts.

You are, however, not asleep nor are you unconscious. Modern studies examining brain rhythm patterns show that a hypnotised subject is neither awake nor asleep - the state is somewhere in-between. You are in an altered state of consciousness in which you let things happen through your subconscious mind rather than trying to make them happen with your conscious mind. Because you are deeply relaxed, your concentration and memory are enhanced and the suggestions given to you by the hypnotherapist will be acted upon more easily by the subconscious.

The human mind has many layers. The outer layer is our conscious mind which helps with our daily decision-making processes. It is intelligent, realistic, logical and proactive, especially in new situations where we have to apply rational thought processes to work out what to do and how to do it. However, it can only deal with between five and nine things at any one time and is easily overloaded.

The subconscious mind, on the other hand, seeks to avoid pain and obtain pleasure and plays a major part in survival, regardless of external considerations. It is concerned with our emotions, imagination, and memories as well as our autonomic nervous system which controls our internal organs automatically. These functions are very closely interlinked in other words, the mind affects the body and the body affects the mind. It is powerful and very clever at dealing with many complex instructions at any one time.