What is hypnosis?
When you think of hypnosis, what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Maybe a picture of a sinister Svengali-like hypnotist popularised in movies and comic books. Maybe a comedian persuading people to embarrass themselves in front of an audience? The swinging of a watch on a chain? Perhaps you think of it as mystical, supernatural or associated with the occult.
These are all very common stereotypes people have about hypnosis. They are, of course, based on lack of knowledge and oversimplified impressions. In actual fact, hypnotism is a serious art and profession that has progressed a great deal in the past few decades.
Hopefully, this short description will provide you with some useful information on how hypnotism works and how you can use it to improve your life and accomplish your goals.

How Does Hypnotism Work?
The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning sleep. This is actually a misnomer because hypnosis is in fact very dissimilar from sleep. Clinically speaking, it differs from sleep in the level of alpha brain waves, which are very low during sleep, but high during hypnosis. In short, hypnosis is not sleep, it is not a surrender of mental powers, nor is it unconsciousness. It's a very deep state of relaxation in which the conscious mind is quieted so you are able to get in touch with parts of your mind that are hidden.
Hypnosis works by relaxing you, giving you the ability to bypass the criticising part of your mind and choose new ways of thinking and doing things. It's a process through which you can let yourself accept a certain change in behavioural patterns or thoughts. It works by getting to the root of a problem and once the roots are gone, the problem can be easily overcome. 
You probably go into a hypnotic state at least once a day, whether you are daydreaming, watching a movie, falling a sleep, engrossed in a book or falling asleep from reading a book! We've all spent time driving along a motorway only to reach a junction and not remember traveling the last few miles.
Hypnosis has been successfully used to help with many different issues including weight, smoking, phobias, confidence, stress, bad habits, and many, many more. It's certainly one of the most powerful methods of creating a positive change in yourself.

Whats the difference between Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is the method used to put yourself (or with the help of a therapist) into a relaxed state of consciousness that is common to everyone everyday. Hypnosis may be used just to be put into the state of relaxation only, or to feel pleasant, or as a therapy to help change behaviour, etc.  Hypnosis as used by professionals is not to be confused with stage hypnosis, which is entirely different and is employed as entertainment rather than a therapy.  Generally a person who administers hypnosis is a hypnotist, though this term sometimes has bad connotations due to stage, film and theatrical hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis as a therapy to help individuals improve their lives whether it be just general relaxation or stress reduction, or for other medical or emotional concerns, such as helping individuals reduce pain, cope with trauma, endure medical procedures when medication is contraindicated, reduce symptoms of functional disorders or just general well-being. Hypnotherapy is NOT however, a substitute for professional medical care, but rather a complement to it.
A person who provides hypnotherapy is a hypnotherapist, and usually has additional professional training, certifications and qualifications in mind sciences and therapy as well as counseling skills in addition to hypnotherapy. The hypnotherapist usually provides in-depth consultation and inquiry sessions prior to the actual therapy sessions in order to provide the best possible care to the patient. Many work in liaison with physicians who refer their patients for further care.

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