What exactly is hypnosis?

Most people think of hypnosis as people doing silly and rediculous things on stage. In reality, real hypnosis bears little resemblance to these stereotyped images.  The hypnotist does not hypnotize the individual. Rather, the hypnotist serves as a sort of coach or tutor whose job is to help the person become hypnotized. While hypnosis is often described as a sleep-like trance state, it is better expressed as a state characterized by focused attention, heightened suggestibility and vivid imagination.

How Can Hypnosis Help Me?

Hypnosis will help you help yourself! After experiencing hypnosis you’ll notice an increase in self-confidence, the ability to control pain, lose weight, quit smoking and/or chewing tobacco, make better decisions, eliminate skin problems, overcome phobias, end sleep disturbances, and even improve your golf game. The positive changes in your life will become self evident.

While definitions can vary, the American Psycological Association describes hypnosis as a cooperative interaction in which the participant responds to the suggestions of the hypnotist. While hypnosis has become well-known thanks to popular acts where people are prompted to performs unusual or ridiculous actions, the technique has also been clinically proven to provide medical and therapeutic benefits, most notably in the reduction of pain and anxiety, as well as smoking cessation, weight loss, reduce stress, improve sleep, self confidence, improve grades and much more. Hypnosis is safe and approved by the American Medical Association.

 

What Effects Does Hypnosis Have?

The experience of hypnosis can vary dramatically from one person to another. Some hypnotized individuals report feeling a sense of detachment or extreme relaxation during the hypnotic state, while others even feel that their actions seem to occur outside of their conscious volition. Other individuals may remain fully aware and able to carry out conversations while under hypnosis.