Hypnotherapy utilises a natural state of trance to provide healing. It has been around for a long time in virtually every culture. Hypnotic trance is a state that we find ourselves in naturally. When you are completely absorbed in a task or TV programme or maybe lost in your thoughts on a drive somewhere you are actually in a trance state. Hypnosis, uses this trance state, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation to enable our subconscious to communicate with our conscious minds. The techniques used by the hypnotherapist often uses the clients own imagination, combined with positive suggestion and using communication with the subconscious mind while in this natural trance state to bring about positive change. This can also involve storytelling, metaphors, symbolism and direct suggestion.
Hypnosis is a partnership between the client and the therapist. Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, but some are more readily hypnotisable than others. This is dependent upon one's willingness. That willingness is often linked to the unknown of what will happen when in trance. The answer is simple; you will remain in complete control; you can respond verbally, you can move under your control; you will be aware and may think that nothing has actually happened – 'that you are not ‘under’, you will remember exactly what happened - well as much as you do normally! It is worth noting that your subconscious mind would just not accept any suggestions that it thinks are incompatible with your belief systems or would endanger you.
Hypnosis can also be utilised, in conjunction with standard health care, to treat ailments and disease.
Definition from Wikipedia
Hypnosis is a mental state or set of attitudes usually induced by a procedure known as a hypnotic induction, which is commonly composed of a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions. Hypnotic suggestions may be delivered by a hypnotist in the presence of the subject ("hetero-suggestion"), or may be self-administered ("self-suggestion" or "autosuggestion"). The use of hypnotism for therapeutic purposes is referred to as hypnotherapy.
Although a popular misconception is that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep, contemporary research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility, with diminished peripheral awareness. "Hypnotism" has been described as a state of physical relaxation ("nervous sleep") accompanied and induced by mental concentration