Professor David Spiegal, Stanford University, California describes hypnosis as “a trance-like state during which a person has heightened focus and concentration”. It has been shown to help with brain control over sensation and behaviour and has been used clinically to help manage pain and control stress and anxiety” (http://stanford.edu/news/2012.).
So, hypnosis is designed to induce a relaxed and suggestable state of mind and can be an effective technique to help you achieve positive change by re-programming your subconscious mind to help you change unwanted behaviours. Whether that change be to quit smoking, overcome your fear of flying, stop biting your nails, to sleep more restfully or to be more self-confident hypnosis may be able to assist you reach your therapeutic goal.
Being in a hypnotic state is similar to feeling drowsy or when you get ‘lost’ in a movie or a book. Except you are aware of your surroundings, you are always in control and you cannot be hypnotised against your will or to say anything you do not wish to say or do anything you do not wish to do.
However, some people are more hypnotically responsive than others, for example having a good imagination is often a strong indicator that hypnosis will work for you.