What is Hypnosis?

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The word Hypnosis comes from the Greek word Hypnos, which means sleep. This is slightly misleading, as Hypnosis is a state of focused attention rather than of sleep.

Hypnosis can simply be described as an altered state of consciousness, such as daydreaming, and the state we are in just before and after we fall asleep. As you can see we have all experienced hypnotic states and simply not realised it.

Hypnosis is a mental state usually induced by a procedure known as an induction, which is commonly composed of a series of preliminary instructions and suggestions.


Hypnosis can be described as an altered state of consciousness.

A popular misconception is that Hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep. Research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility, with diminished peripheral awareness.

The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states:

“In therapy, Hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.”

These suggestions help people make positive changes within themselves. Long gone are the days when Hypnosis was seen as waving watches and controlling people’s minds.

In the Hypnotherapy session you are always in control and you are not made to do anything against your wishes, morals or beliefs. It is generally accepted that all Hypnosis is ultimately self-hypnosis. A hypnotist merely helps to facilitate your experience. Hypnotherapy is not about being made to do things, in fact it is the opposite, it is about empowerment.

Hypnosis enables an individual to focus on changing a thought or behaviour. It enables you to change what you feel is wrong in your thinking or behaviour into something that is more acceptable and pleasing, by accessing the subconscious mind.


  • The vigilant and guarding mind
  • The reasoning and thinking mind
  • Analytical and logical part of the mind
  • Responsible for planning, taking action and co-ordination
  • Responsible for awareness


  • The storing mind for memories and perceptions
  • Storing memory of events which have been consciously forgotten
  • Creative mind. The creative drive responsible for creative impulses and intuitions
  • Healing mind. Responsible for ensuring the healthy and efficient working of mind & body.





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