David Spiegel, Stanford University, 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 it has been used clinically to help manage pain, control stress and relieve anxiety (http://stanford.edu/news/2012
Hypnosis is designed to induce relaxed feelings and provide a suggestible state of mind in patients. It can be an effective technique to ‘reprogram’ your subconscious mind to help you achieve positive change.
Hypnosis may be able to assist you reaching goals such as, wanting to quit smoking, overcome a fear of flying, stop biting your nails, sleep better, or become more self-confident.
The hypnotic state is like the feeling when you get lost in a movie or good book. It’s a feeling of drowsiness, only you’re aware of your surroundings and you remain in control. You cannot be hypnotised against your will to say or do anything you don’t wish to.
Some people can be more hypnotically responsive than others. If you have a good imagination, it’s often a strong indicator that hypnosis will hold positive outcomes for you.