Hypnosis and Cognitive Hypnotherapy is a natural method of inducing and making use of a special mental state where the mind is intensely focused and receptive. In this state verbal suggestions and imagery can have a greater impact on a persons physical and mental functioning, helping to change existing habits or patterns that are causing concern. People go into and out of trance spontaneously throughout the day, mostly when concentrating on something. In trance, the attention may be focused either internally (on thoughts through internal self-talk, images, or both) or externally (on a task, a book, or a movie, for example). The focus of attention is so narrow that other stimuli in the environment are ignored of blocked out of conscious awareness for a time. Examples of trance states are daydreaming, deep concentration and some forms of meditation.
Hypnotherapy helps the client whilst in a relaxed, comfortable, trance state with visualizing and obtaining specific therapeutic outcomes. With clinical hypnosis, the therapist can make suggestions designed to help the client formulate specific internal processes (feelings, memories, images and self-talk) that can lead to mutually agreed outcomes such as changes in behavior and emotions.
During light trance, you are not immobilized. You remain aware of your surroundings. In light trance, people can open their eyes, talk, and move around. In fact, most people in this stage of trance are not aware of being hypnotized. Most people can be hypnotized to some degree. Anyone who can be hypnotized can also be easily taught to bring him/ herself out of trance at any time. In fact, emerging from trance happens spontaneously when one is interrupted, as by a phone ringing.
There is no right way to experience trance. Some people enter trance easily, and some dont. One person may find it a deep, restful feeling, while another may experience a light, floating sensation.
Some people hear every word the hypnotherapist says, while others do not. Some people remember the suggestions they hear, and some do not. Some people see results right away, and some people see results, gradually over time, or even after a delay or a few days or weeks. Every persons experience of hypnosis is unique.
There are dozens of ways to induce trance and make hypnotic suggestions. If one way doesnt work well for you, or doesnt seem to produce results, dont give up. Give your therapist some feedback on what is and isnt working, so that he or she can choose another method.
Hypnosis cannot solve every problem. Even with hypnosis, it is necessary for you to do some conscientious planning and research about the outcome you choose. You should still expect to make conscious decisions, and you will have to take action to get results. Hypnosis is not a cure-all and it is not magic. Hypnosis can be effective in many cases, but there are no guarantees that hypnosis will work for everyone under every circumstance.