Hypnosis is a natural state of mind that occurs in each of us every day. We experience this state of mind just before falling asleep, for example. Hypnosis achieves a state of deep relaxation where the individual experiences an inner quiet similar to meditation, but remains aware of surrounding stimuli.

All of our senses, including rational thought are at our disposal during hypnosis, but the state of relaxation allows a detachment from our normal thought dominated state of mind to one where the subconscious is more available. In this state we are susceptible to positive suggestion. These suggestions can take the form of retraining habits that no longer serve us such as smoking cessation or they may involve re-living a past event that created a negative belief system that is preventing us from forming healthy relationships. Suggestions are only effective when the individual both wants to follow them and is committed to realizing a change in behavior.

Another form of hypnotherapy involves regression therapy where an individual makes an agreement to become deeply relaxed and allow whatever comes forward to be the starting point to focus on. The therapist plays a critical role in hypnotherapy by acting as a safe, accepting observer, and providing empathetic responses during the regression experience. By offering empowering suggestions the individual is able to re-experience trauma from a place of empowerment rather than a state of helplessness. All of this creates a container that is key to the healing experience.

For additional information on Hypnotherapy, please visit:

The Wellness Institute