What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a type of complementary and alternative medicine in which the mind is used to help with a variety of problems, such as breaking bad habits or coping with stress. Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image, but this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
How does Hypnosis works?
When something happens to us we remember it and learn a particular behavior in response to what happened. Each time something similar happens our physical and emotional reactions attached to the memory are repeated. In some cases these reactions are unhealthy. In some forms of hypnotherapy a trained therapist guides you to remember the event that led to the first reaction, separate that memory from the learned behavior and replace unhealthy behaviors with new healthier ones.
During hypnosis your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestions. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused. Some people respond better to hypnotic suggestions than others.