What is Hypnosis?
According to the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists, “Hypnosis is an state of inward attention and focused concentration. It is often referred to as trance or as an altered state of consciousness. When the mind is concentrated and focused, people are better able to tap into and utilize their inner resources, to make personal changes, and learn how to better govern their own lives . Because hypnosis and self-hypnosis allow people to use more of their potential, they gain more self-control (it is a myth that people lose control during hypnosis).
Everyone has experienced hypnosis or trance, although it may not be referred to by that name. If you’ve ever been absorbed in thought, reading a book or watching TV, and failed to hear someone talking to you—-you were in a trance-like state. Perhaps you have been watching a movie at the theater, and lost track of the fact that there are dozens of people nearby—another hypnotic-like state of mind. These very focused states of attention are, in fact, everyday experiences of what is called hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is different only to the extent that you will be experiencing it with the guidance of your Hypnotherapist, rather than spontaneously.”
For more information on the truth vs the myths of hypnosis, read our Hypnosis Fact vs Fiction Page
Does Hypnosis Really Work?
Hypnosis is as old as human history, and today it has become an almost indispensable tool of medicine, psychotherapy, and self-development. In 1958 the American Medical Association approved the inclusion of hypnosis instruction in medical schools and post-graduate curricula, but if you look back to early times, the Egyptians, Greeks and others used hypnosis for both therapeutic and religious purposes.
The power of the mind is incredible. Your subconscious is the storehouse of every thought and experience you’ve ever had. Hypnosis can help you achieve quick and powerful results because it opens a door to your subconscious mind. Helpful information can be revealed and a shift in perception or understanding can be made.
Many Areas Can be Helped through Hypnotherapy