What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis or ‘trance’ describes times when we experience a shift in our conscious awareness; it is a natural, relaxed and safe state, created using guided relaxation and visualisation techniques, where the mind can relax and focus on thoughts and suggestions that may be useful. We all experience trance many times a day – remember times when you have driven to work or home with no memory of the detail of your journey or been so engrossed in a book or a TV programme that you lost all track of time?
Hypnosis is not something that is ‘done’ to you, you do not lose control and the trance you experience during hypnotherapy is very different from what happens during ‘stage hypnosis’. We remain in control when we are in a trance state and can decide whether the information or suggestions that are offered are useful to us or not; we will not accept or do anything that is against our will or inappropriate and are able to return to full awareness at any time.