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Hypnosis is a relaxation therapy that helps you to indulge in a heightened state of concentration, which is called trance. It is also connoted as hypnotherapy and hypnotic suggestion.


Who performs hypnosis?

Hypnosis is performed by trained and licensed professionals only. You will be taught how to hypnotize. Self hypnosis is also possible once you master the art.


How does it work?

As said before, it is a therapeutic technique and many different theories and procedures are involved to achieve the altered state of mind. The person undergoing hypnosis would appear to be sleeping, which is not true; rather their mind is settled, calm and is in the process of healing.

The hypnotist will put you in trance. It basically involves talking with the person in skilful manner and mastering over the breathing techniques.

Once the induction state is over, the hypnotist takes you through the different healing techniques like mind associations, changing beliefs, direct suggestions and analysis.

The technique applied by the hypnotist is dependent on the problem he/she is addressing. For example: the hypnotist might dive deep into analysing the problem to find out its root cause or perform a suggestion therapy if the individual is precisely seeking for solutions.

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Why is hypnosis used for?
  • Treatment of phobias, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress and other forms of mood disorders.
  • Management of pain like headache, arthritis, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer treatments, dental operations.
  • Help to quit smoking and bedwetting in children
  • Boosts memory, symptoms of dementia and ADHD
  • To control hot flashes and post menopausal problems
  • To recover from post trauma anxiety, state of shock after personal loss, intense grief, etc.


How to prepare for hypnosis?

There are no preparations for hypnosis. It is performed in a quiet and calm surrounding where you can focus or concentrate well. Once you are comfortable, the professional will proceed with the therapy.


How does hypnosis feel like?

As said before, your mental consciousness reaches higher levels, where you gain the power to control your mind and actions.

You can completely put all your concentration on that memory, thoughts, sensation or the health condition, and then make an effort to improve your health and lifestyle.

You will be relatively unaware of your surroundings due to deep concentration but not completely. All in all, it is soothing and utterly relaxing.


Are there any risks associated with hypnosis?

The only risk of hypnosis is generation of false memories from some suggestions and analytical questions asked by the therapist, which is of course not intended.


Who should not undergo hypnosis?

Not everyone is the right candidate for hypnosis and it should not be tried in the following group of people.

  • With serious mental disorders and psychotic symptoms like hallucinations
  • Some kind of physical pain that needs surgery or other medical treatment
  • Those addicted to drugs and alcohol


How effective is hypnosis?

The results vary from one individual to another. While some may be dramatically benefitted from it, others might not. Experts say that the outcome depends a lot on how well the person has been hypnotized. If the induction state is not appropriate then the results may not be promising.

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Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last visited: March 25, 2014

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