Introduction to Hypnosis
Hypnosis is a scientifically proven and highly effective technique that can create accelerated human change. Individuals seeking hypnosis more often than not wish to create desired changes in their behavior and encourage well being both mentally and physically. From learning about hypnosis, one can guide them self and others to lose weight, quit smoking, access repressed memories and even become free of physical pain. The art of hypnosis is especially suited to health care professionals, practicing therapists, and all individuals seeking to make a positive change in their lives.
The common understanding of hypnosis is that it is a trance-like state of consciousness that creates a way to access a person's subconscious mind directly. Many who view hypnosis like this also believe that hypnosis is a process of accessing the unconscious mind where fears, addictions, repressed memories and physical pain lies. Many believe that a subject under hypnosis becomes highly attentive and open to what 'lies beneath' focusing intently on the matter at hand, while putting all other thoughts aside.
Hypnosis is a process involving a qualified hypnotist and a subject who agrees to be hypnotized. Successful hypnosis involves (a) intense concentration, (b) extreme relaxation, and (c) high suggestibility. You would be wrong in thinking a subject is asleep during hypnosis. In actual fact they are highly alert the whole time. Hypnosis has been compared to daydreaming or the feeling to being absorbed into a good book or movie. One is fully conscious however unaware of the things around them. It is this absolute focus on the subject at hand that can unearth hidden memories, pinpoint physical pain, stop fears and phobias as well as loosing weight. Each subject seeking hypnosis has their own personal reason for choosing to be hypnotized.
Psychiatrists theorize that the focus and relaxation experienced while hypnotized calm the conscious mind so that the subconscious can take a more of an active role in the thinking process. This allows the hypnotist and subject to work directly with the subconscious mind.