Hypnosis helps a person achieve a focused state of mind through encouraging the rational, critical mind to temporarily relax. This creates an opportunity to communicate deeply and directly with the Subconscious Mind, which is the storehouse of all experiences. The inner resources of the subconscious mind have within itself access to both the cause and the cure of any imbalance in our life.
Your subconscious mind is the control center deep within your brain that directs everything you do, like the software in your computer. It doesn’t think or evaluate; that is the job of your Conscious Mind which stands guard to allow only what it wants to happen, like the input from your keyboard. Therefore, if we wish to change behavior or thought patterns and consequently the results which show up in our actions and bodily functions, we must put the Conscious Mind “to sleep” and talk directly to the Subconscious Mind.
Hypnosis, therefore, has been referred to as a “trance-like state.” Each of us goes through this state at least twice daily: as we go to sleep, and as we awaken.
Modern hypnotherapy protocols have shown that a “light-trance” state is preferable to a “deep-trance” when dealing with therapeutic issues. While you are in this light-trance, you are more suggestible and willing to accept new information, without the “sentinel Conscious Mind” checking all incoming communications.
We can then make positive suggestions, which you will store in your mind, basically reprogramming it to accept or reject certain beliefs or patterns of behavior. The desire of the subconscious is so strong that it will always override a conscious desire.
Hypnotherapy can be very effective for addressing addictions, anxiety, phobias, traumas, habitual behavior, trauma, grief and loss, depression, sleep disorders, pain, building self-confidence, preparation for medical and dental procedures, stress-related conditions and many more applications.
This interaction of Mind/Body can be demonstrated when, during a hypnotic trance, breathing, heart rate and metabolism can be slowed, allergic reactions stopped, and pain reduced. Every thought you have shows itself as some physical change in the body and emotions. This is why physical or emotional problems can leave such pronounced mental scars.
So hypnotherapy can work for you if you truly have a desire and willingness for positive change.