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About hypnosis

Hypnosis defined :

A natural yet altered state where communication and responsiveness with the subconscious mind is present.

Hypnosis is a topic that is often surrounded by ambiguity and misconceptions. Many peoples first exposure to hypnotherapy is likely some form of entertainment where a proclaimed hypnotist invites a guest up on stage and has them do bizarre things like barking like a dog or forgetting their name.

This leads many people to believe that either hypnosis is bogus or it’s some form of mind control and thus the dichotomy between stage hypnosis and clinical hypnotherapy becomes evident.

While stage hypnosis is entertaining (or not) it is different in every aspect from clinical and professional hypnotherapy.

Let us clarify some misconceptions before we continue explaining hypnosis.

Key points to know :

Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of consciousness that we all experience every day.

We go into hypnosis when we are reading a book we enjoy, time gets distorted and we become completely absorbed in this task. We also go into hypnosis when we are dancing and having a good time, our conscious mind is off somewhere else and our body is moving and functioning almost as if it’s in a trance. We also go into the hypnotic state when we are driving. Have you ever been listening and singing along to your favorite music while driving and suddenly you arrive at your destination. You may think to yourself?

“I didn’t even realize I got here so fast.”

Your conscious mind was off to the side while you’re subconscious mind (the part of our brains that stores and governs out habits) took control of the wheel and got you to your destination safely.

Understanding your subconscious mind is crucial because it holds the key to your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, motives and habits. It’s where your deepest desires, fears, and motivations reside, and it influences how you perceive and interact with the world around you.

While the conscious mind is focused on logical and rational thinking, the subconscious mind is more emotional and intuitive.

During hypnosis, the conscious mind is temporarily quieted, and the subconscious mind becomes more active and accessible. This allows a skilled hypnotherapist to bypass the conscious mind and communicate directly with the subconscious mind. By doing so and with the help of tools like Hypnotic programming, regression, breath-work and neuro linguistic programming (just to name a few) the hypnotherapist can introduce new positive changes in behavior, thought patterns and beliefs that lead to improved mental and physical health.

At its core, hypnotherapy is all about getting us into a very mentally and physically relaxed state,where we can access the subconscious mind so that we can introduce new powerful and positive ideas, emotions, beliefs, habits, etc. To get us to our goals and have us feeling much, much better.