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Hypnotherapy - What is it?

Some people are surprised to learn that hypnosis is a natural state with which we are all familiar. If you can remember how it feels when you daydream, then youíll have some idea of what itís like to enter hypnosis. If youíve ever been so engrossed in a book you were reading that you didnít even notice somebody else had entered the room, well thatís it too. My favourite (and probably the most accurate) definition  of hypnosis is "deep imaginative involvement".  

Consider then, that these situations involve a state of concentration and focus which is so deep that it is, for that moment, total. Concentration and focus (involvement)  is, for that moment, to the exclusion of all else. But note, also, that control is always retained. You could ďsnap out of itĒ at any moment you chose. Hypnosis is exactly the same.

It is this state which is so valuable as a therapeutic tool since it provides an unequalled focus of mind which can be used to communicate new ideas, perspectives, and understanding to a person at a deeper level than is possible under ordinary conditions......to the emotional body and the subconscious mind. Hypnosis, used alone, is not strictly speaking a therapy although the resulting relaxation is always a lovely experience. It is when hypnosis is used in conjunction with psychotherapeutic techniques that we discover its true beauty. This is hypno-therapy. 

A properly trained hypnotherapist can help just about anyone to enter the state of hypnosis quite easily. When a person is in a hypnotised state, they will usually experience decreased inhibitions, increased relaxation, improved memory recall, and much greater concentration and focus. Itís worth mentioning as well, that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. The therapist acts only as a facilitator. The resulting state is 100% self- created, self-controlled, completely natural, safe and very pleasant indeed. 

For more details about how hypnotherapy works click here.

For "Does hypnotherapy really work?" click here.

For "The Stage Hypnotist" click here.