Hypnosis is a naturally occurring altered state of awareness or “consciousness”, different from the normal waking state. A person in a hypnotic state is at a heightened state of awareness and does hear what is being said and suggested, and does know what is happening. The person is usually very deeply relaxed the kind of state you are in just before you fall asleep. The state of hypnosis is sometimes referred to as a trance state.
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in therapy and is one of the most natural and powerful processes of affecting beneficial change. The use of hypnosis for healing and nurturing humanity has been around for thousands of years in places like Egypt and India.
Most hypnotists use hypnosis mainly for entertainment and anyone can call themselves a hypnotist, often after a day or a weekend workshop.
Hypnotherapist and clinical Hypnotherapist
A hypnotherapist may or may not be formally trained to deal with clinical conditions such as Anxiety, Panic Depression…while a Clinical hypnotherapist does undergo training and supervision to deal with clinical conditions and usually hold a Diploma from a reputable organisation.
In hypnotherapy, what happens is your body is relaxed and so is your thinking mind, which kind of takes a little “nap”, during which the suggestions for beneficial changes can be made to your unconscious mind. This is the reason why hypnotherapy is so effective in changing unwanted behaviours. I can understand why people believe it is magic. If that was so, then you as the client must be the magician!
In mind body healing clinical hypnosis in particular is a very powerful invaluable tool.