What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of consciousness similar to daydreaming or the drifting process we experience just before we sleep. You unknowingly experience this natural state every day.
It's just a way of tuning out distracting thoughts, and focusing your attention, just as you do when you're daydreaming, or when totally absorbed in a film, book, TV show, or favourite hobby.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnosis is not a state of deep sleep. It does however involve the induction of a relaxing 'trance-like' state, but when in it, the patient is actually in a heightened state of awareness , concentrating on the hypnotherapist's voice. In this state, the conscious mind is in neutral and the unconscious mind is revealed.
This allows the unconscious mind to be more receptive, where it is able to accept suggestions more easily.
The unconscious mind contains all your memories and experiences, and controls your automatic thoughts and behaviours, and this is the part which has to change for your behaviour and physical state to alter.