How Hypnotherapy Really Works and Why You Should Consider It

Hypnosis or hypnotherapy is really a very simple concept. In essence, hypnosis is merely focused concentration. All hypnosis is basically self-induced because no one can be hypnotized against his or her will. Hypnosis is essentially an altered state of consciousness that allows the uncritical acceptance of a suggestion. Hypnosis is a natural state of selective, focused attention, and even though it is 100 percent natural and normal, it is a fascinating state of mind that is often misunderstood.

Hypnosis can also be defined as a process that produces relaxation, distraction of the conscious mind, heightened suggestibility and increased awareness, which in turn, allows the hypnotist access to the subconscious mind and the imagination. The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and imagination, which is essentially why hypnosis works so well.

Hypnosis Is a Very Common State of Mind

  • Every time you get lost in thought, stare out the window or get into the zone, you experience a form of hypnotic trance.
  • Hypnosis allows the hypnotist to overwrite the conscious mind, whose job it is to maintain the status quo.


  • Hypnosis has been around for hundreds of years dating as far back as Ancient Egypt.
  • Franz Anton Mesmer was the first to propose a rational basis for the effects of hypnosis.
  • Although Mesmer based his theories on something called animal magnetism, which had something to do with a mysterious etheric fluid, his ideas were based on scientific theory, in particular Isaac Newton’s theories.
  • Hypnotherapy has been used in dental practice since the 19th century.
  • The British Medical Association (BMA) approved the usage of hypnosis for hypno-anesthesia in pain management in childbirth and surgery in 1955.
  • In 1956, Pope Pius XII even gave his approval stating that hypnosis would be permitted by heath care professionals for treatment and diagnostic purposes.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) approved a report on the medical usage of hypnosis in 1958. This was short lived, however, because in 1987, the AMA rescinded all policies it had instated from 1881-1958.
  • Two years after the AMA “approval,” the American Psychological Association endorsed hypnosis as a branch of psychology.

Subconscious Thoughts

  • In essence, you are whatever you think you are.
  • Hypnosis helps you replace those self-defeating or limiting thought patterns that hold you back in life.
  • The subconscious mind is like a giant sponge, absorbing everything around it.
  • Everything you have ever known or been told stays in your mind. That destructive self-talk many of us engage in keeps us from achieving our goals.

Relaxation Methods

  • There are various ways to induce hypnosis.
  • One of the easiest and most effective methods utilizes a relaxation induction that allows you to relax so that you can drift into the hypnotic state naturally.
  • Once you are relaxed, the hypnotist will use various methods to program your subconscious mind.
  • This can be done by direct suggestion or even indirectly through colorful stories and various metaphors.

Benefits and Side Effects

  • Hypnosis has a myriad of applications, including typical uses such as smoking cessation or weight loss to atypical uses such as confidence and fears and phobias.
  • Hypnosis can also be used for natural healing, prosperity, depression, anxiety, motivation, learning, memory enhancement, alcoholism and even relationship improvement.
  • There are essentially little to no side effects from using hypnosis, but clients may feel groggy or drowsy after a session.
  • The most important fact to know is that the patient or client is always in control because no one can be hypnotized against his or her will.

Bottom Line

Hypnosis is a very simple way to make big changes in one’s life. Its effects are often accumulative, so the more you use it, the better and faster it tends to work. Hypnosis can undo years of unhealthy programming, helping you make changes quickly and easily. Many therapists and chiropractors are already using hypnosis as part of their therapy, bringing it some much needed validation.

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