Hypnosis happens when you are in a relaxed state much like daydreaming. In this state your mind is more open to suggestion. Hypnosis bypasses the conscious mind, allowing direct communication with the unconscious. Hypnotherapists induce a hypnotic trance by using techniques to help you relax while you lie on a couch or sit in a comfy chair. They will often talk you through tensing and releasing different muscles to induce relaxation. They may relax you further by using a visualization technique, such as walking down a flight of stairs or descending in a lift. Once you are in a light to medium trance state, the hypnotherapist will talk to your unconscious mind.
Hypnotherapy is said to be useful for habit problems like smoking, compulsive eating, bed wetting in children and nail-biting skin problems, IBS, migraine, phobias, panic attacks, fear of flying, lack of confidence and pain relief (e.g. migraine, arthritis). It can also help with stress contributing to illnesses such as asthma. As with all complementary therapies the practitioner will ask questions about your current health problems, medical history and lifestyle at the initial session.
Although Hypnosis is not used as a counselling technique, it can help with any of the same issues such as: