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  • Writer's pictureEmma Ludlum

What is Hypnosis?

Updated: Nov 6, 2023

Hypnosis is a very natural state of relaxation that everyone has experienced before. In hypnotherapy, we call this state of relaxation “trance.”

Lighter forms of trance include things like getting lost in a book when maybe the background noise or those active thoughts faded away for an hour or so. Or perhaps you missed your exit on the freeway because you were so into singing along to the music on the radio. These would be great examples of lighter forms of trance.

Deeper forms of trance would include the fully relaxed feeling you experience after a great massage, savasana at a yoga class, or even right before you go to sleep when you’re not quite asleep yet but not fully conscious/awake either. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are usually quite enjoyable experiences because it is very relaxing.

Hypnosis is also not a delicate state. It can be experienced with eyes open, eyes closed, lay down, seated, standing, moving, etc. The state of "flow" that athletes talk about when they weren't thinking, but just knew what to do, could be considered a state of hypnosis.

Hypnosis uses specific language, tones, and vocal patterns to help someone get very relaxed very quickly so that their overthinking mind (conscious mind) can take a break and allow someone’s subconscious mind to be more present. Usually, this allows individuals to gain more access to the subconscious mind that is responsible for 80% of functioning, so the individual gains more awareness and, therefore, more control while in hypnosis.

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