For purposes here, the clinical hypnosis that I practice is simply called 'hypnosis' throughout the website. But a good way to understand hypnosis is to explain the differences between the terms 'hypnosis' and 'clinical hypnosis'...
Clinical Hypnosis is a guided, therapeutic form of communication with self.
Under the direction and council of the hypnotist, clinical hypnosis works on a willing subject by engaging the subconscious processes of their mind using relaxation, imagery, emotions, suggestions and repetition to create powerful, new possibilities and effect lasting changes in their life.
But Hypnosis itself is something we all experience, every day, without trying:
You experience hypnosis when:
- You mow the lawn; - On your commute to work; - While engrossed in a good book or movie; - During any other second-nature, repetitive behavior or task.
Hypnosis is a state of consciousness that we enter and leave naturally, many times over, throughout our daily activities. It feels like daydreaming, and is quite relaxing.
Physiologically what is happening is your brain wave vibrations shift down from their active, Beta pace to slower, Alpha waves; which brings you in tune with your subconscious processes.
What Happens in Clinical Hypnosis
During clinical hypnosis, the hypnotist is intentionally guiding those 'daydreams'; they are not random as when you are 'lost in thought' doing the dishes or mowing the lawn...
...You are brought into a much more focused state of attention under the direction of a hypnotist:
This focused attention is harnessed and combined with deep relaxation, vivid imagery, strong emotions and the repetition of appropriate suggestions; at which time the subconscious can be persuaded to adopt new beliefs, attitudes and practices.
The biggest thing hypnosis and clinical hypnosis have in common is this:
All Hypnosis Is Self-Hypnosis
The client must ultimately allow the practitioner to guide them into and through the hypnotic process, based on a sincere desire for change.