What is hypnosis?

What is Hypnosis  

Hypnosis comes from the Greek ‘ypnos’ which means sleep because of the highly relaxed state. However Hypnosis is not sleep because the subject stays alert, can talk and move, and the brain waves differ. Hypnosis has been defined in various ways by different people. The most popular traditional view of hypnosis is a very relaxed state or a type of tunnel vision.

Hypnosis is a natural state we all experience from time-to-time, for example when we daydream. When we daydream we are mentally focused on some internal event, and we have decreased awareness of the things around us. In “Tunnel Vision “one’s attention is focused narrowly – on imagery, on internal events, on a spot on the ceiling, on the voice of the hypnotist, etc.

A state of relaxation and heightened suggestibility is often seen under these conditions and this is what hypnotherapists / health practitioners use for treating various sorts of problems that also have an underlying mental / emotional factor – such as weight gain due to emotional eating or smoking under times of stress.