Hypnosis is a natural state for the mind. It is not a form of sleep or unconsciousness; rather it is an altered state of consciousness, one of mentally focussed concentration. To induce hypnosis the therapist will use their voice, possibly with music as a background. The use of the swinging pendulum and other such devices, although effective are seldom used in modern hypnosis. The level of hypnosis achieved depends entirely upon the hypnotee. Their belief in hypnosis and their level of concentration are important factors. If the hypnotee believes, without doubt, that they are unable to be hypnotized, or they do not want to be, then this would most certainly be the result. Once achieved, the hypnotic state allows the hypnotist to talk directly to the subconscious mind of the hypnotee, therefore by-passing their conscious mind.
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is not a therapy in itself, nor is it a cure. Calmness, relaxation and temporary relief from stress is the best hypnosis can achieve, and therefore it is just a tool used by the therapist. If used skilfully it enables the therapist to administer different forms of psychotherapy. The hypnosis relaxes the client enabling the therapist to use their skill knowledge and experience to help their client. As a result, hypnotherapy has a wide range of uses.