What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a trance-like state during which an individual’s level of focus, concentration, and awareness heightens to a very different level from the usual. When a person is under hypnosis, their subconscious mind dominates their conscious mind, thus leading to this “amplified” state of awareness.

What Is Hypnosis? The Conscious and Subconscious Mind

The conscious mind is where we store or remember our conscious ideas, feelings, wishes, and memories. It is also the portion of the brain that is usually active throughout our waking hours, accounting for only 5% of overall brain activity.

The subconscious mindthis brain area is assumed to account for up to 95 percent of overall brain activity. It can be regarded as a reservoir of our unconscious feelings, ideas, anxieties, wishes, memories, and so on. While our subconscious minds are constantly partially active during our waking hours, they can only work fully when the conscious mind is inactive or inoperative, which commonly occurs when sleeping or under hypnosis. It is also the part where many learned behaviors, including addictions, are retained.

Hypnosis and the subconscious mind

Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, generally targets the subconscious mind because most problems that the therapy seeks to heal or resolve are actually “subconscious” or unconscious. As expected, the only possible way to successfully address an issue that has unconscious roots is by addressing the subconscious mind.

The hidden power your subconscious mind

Within everyone’s subconscious mind lies an infinite power to overcome many challenges people face today, including addictions of all kinds, damaging thoughts, and negative emotions and feelings, such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and others.  

And this is where hypnosis comes in – through the state of hypnosis; a hypnotherapist teaches people how to use the power in their subconscious minds to bring more strength, more happiness, and more health into their lives.

Hypnosis is not magic!

As we have just seen, Hypnosis is a trance-like state that anyone can enter with the help of a well-trained hypnotherapist or hypnotist. 

Is it some magic? Definitely No – it is an entirely natural and safe state that can enable you to use your talents, thoughts, experiences, and memories in ways you wouldn’t usually think of in your conscious state of mind. 

It is a state through which you can make any desired changes in your life by seizing control of all the negative thoughts, assumptions, and behaviors that have always held you back. And you can only reach this kind of power by awakening your subconscious mind (which is what hypnosis is all about).

What Is Hypnosis And What Conditions Does It Treat Or Help Manage?

Hypnosis today is used to cure, heal, or manage a wide range of illnesses, including the following:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Smoking cessation
  • Gambling
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Sex addiction
  • And other physical and psychological issues

In one particular study, hypnosis proved to be highly effective in reducing pain and anxiety among breast cancer patients. During this study, 200 women were divided into two groups: one underwent a brief pre-surgery hypnosis session, while the other received a different pre-surgery therapy. Compared to those who received a different type of pre-surgery therapy, those who underwent a pre-surgery hypnosis session reported reduced pain, exhaustion, nausea, anxiety, and other mental and physical issues.

What is Hypnosis? Truths Vs. Myths

  1. You may lose your mind during or after hypnosis – MYTH.
  2. You will reveal your “dark” secrets during hypnosis – MYTH.
  3. You can get out of your hypnotic state at will – TRUTH.
  4. Hypnosis is safe and natural – TRUTH.
  5. Hypnosis makes you partly unconscious – MYTH.
  6. A hypnotist can make you do or say things you normally wouldn’t do or say in your conscious state – FALSE.
  7. Hypnosis can erase your memory – MYTH.

Point to note

Only when a licensed practitioner performs hypnosis is it considered safe. Drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and anxiety are all possible side effects. On the other hand, these side effects are minor, fade away over time, and do not necessitate therapy.

When considering hypnosis for any reason, always choose a certified/licensed therapist and keep in mind that stage hypnosis and hypnotherapy are two completely different things. Stage hypnosis practitioners are entertainers, not therapists, and cannot assist you with a psychological or physical sickness or condition.

To schedule a hypnotherapy session, call 07 5500 5573 or go online and fill out the form here. Any worries, fears, or questions will be treated with complete secrecy and confidentiality.