Hypnosis is a tool that is used to help an individual enter a deep state of relaxation where they increase hyperfocus and concentration. This state is often referred to as the trance state. While that may sound intimidating, rest assured, we enter trance-like states all the time. If you've ever found yourself zoning out while you are driving, watching a movie, or reading a book, you've been in the trance state.
Hypnosis is the tool hypnotherapists use to help clients overcome a variety of physical or mental conditions. It works by connecting your conscious mind to your subconscious mind during the trance state. The American Psychological Association has indicated that while hypnosis has been controversial, most clinicians agree that it can be a powerful tool to help individuals suffering from a wide range of conditions including pain, anxiety, and mood disorders.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, hypnosis has been shown to be effective in assisting those who suffer from conditions such as:
Hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in helping people quit smoking and reducing overeating by focusing their minds and suggesting healthier behaviors. When accessing the mind-body link, hypnotherapy has been shown to be effective in relieving chronic and acute pain. Research has even showed success in treating individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other dermatological conditions. Lastly, hypnotherapy allows you do dive deep into the subconscious mind to deal with the root causes of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and addiction.
It is important to understand that hypnosis IS NOT mind control. While you are in a trance state, you are still fully in control of your actions. You can still hear things around you, and you cannot be forced to do something against your will. While in session, you will still be conscious. You are awake, participating, and remembering your experience.