Hypnosis: What is it and how does it work?

The ins and outs of hypnotherapy for your health & well-being

The practice of hypnosis has been around for centuries as both a holistic, effective treatment for physical and emotional pain, and as a way of letting go of bad habits.

While once widely thought of as a clever party trick, today hypnosis has a very real place in the health and wellbeing space.

With advanced hypnotherapy techniques that are backed by research and science, hypnotherapists help people heal and make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

But what actually is hypnosis?

How does it work?

And what can it help with?

In this article, we’ll dive into the world of hypnotherapy to reveal the process, techniques and effects of one of the world’s oldest forms of therapy.

Table of contents

  • What is hypnosis?
  • What does hypnosis feel like?
  • What happens during hypnosis?
  • What can hypnosis help with?
  • Common uses for hypnotherapy
  • Who does hypnotherapy work for?

What is hypnosis?


First things first, what actually is hypnosis?

The word ‘hypnosis’ actually comes from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning ‘sleep’.

This is because when someone is hypnotised they appear to be in a sleep like state, but in reality, they are actually in a heightened state of awareness.

The conscious or critical mind of a hypnotised person becomes quieter which allows the subconscious creative mind to become more dominant and aware.

It is often in our subconscious that we can discover the root of our pains, problems, emotional struggles and triggers of bad habits.

By bringing the subconscious forward, a hypnotherapist can influence and guide you to a healthier, happier state of being.


What happens during hypnosis?

In a hypnotherapy session you will be guided into a relaxed state of calm and inner peace.

Once in this state, your therapist may suggest and encourage subtle behavior changes that will support you in reaching your goals.

This could include visualisation techniques, direct or indirect suggestions or you may be asked to describe feelings or experiences.

What does it feel like?

The truth is, that even if you have never seen a hypnotherapist, you have

probably already experienced hypnosis to some degree.

In fact, we often slip in and out of a level of hypnosis throughout each and every day.

It’s a completely natural altered state of consciousness.

Some examples of daily hypnosis include:

  • Daydreaming
  • That feeling just as you enter into sleep
  • Driving a familiar road without thinking about where you’re going
  • Tasks where you lose track of time such as scrolling passively on your phone.

A suitably qualified hypnotherapist has the expertise and techniques required to induce this type of subconscious state.

This allows them to work with you on many psychological, physiological or emotional problems, and help resolve them.

Different people experience different levels of awareness during sessions with some reporting full awareness and a deep sense of relaxation.

Others become more detached during hypnosis and find it harder to recount the full experience other than a feeling of complete calm.

Read more about What hypnosis feels like..

What can hypnosis help with?

The wonderful thing about hypnosis is that it has the potential to help

with almost any kind of pain or problem. Read more about What hypnosis is good for..

From quitting bad habits, to releasing anxiety and even providing relief from injury and pain, hypnosis can help.

Common uses for hypnotherapy:

  • Quitting Smoking
  • Weight Loss
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Eczema
  • Healing
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Bad Habits
  • Insomnia

Who does it work for?

Hypnosis has the potential to work for almost anyone.

However, every person is a little different and there are a few exceptions

where hypnotherapy may not be the best solution.

Wondering whether hypnosis will work for you?

Book a free 15 minute discovery session to find out.