What is therapeutic hypnosis?
Many people I speak with are skeptical of hypnosis- and with good reason. TV shows and movies frequently portray hypnosis as a form of mind control, where you can be forced to do things like give me a million dollars. But this is not true. Hypnosis is simply a state of relaxation. You are completely in control at all times.
We naturally slip into hypnotic states multiple times a day. When we're driving and lost in thought (missing the exit), zoning out while watching TV or listening to music, daydreaming... These are hypnotic and relaxed brainwave states. Throughout the day our brainwave patterns change frequently from beta (wide awake) to alpha (relaxed) to theta (light sleep) and delta (deep sleep).
Within relaxed brainwave states your conscious mind quiets and your subconscious mind activates. The subconscious is where automatic thought patterns, reactions, behaviors, and beliefs are stored.
Therapeutic hypnosis retrains the subconscious to substitute unhealthy behaviors or thoughts, with healthy ones. For example, instead of reaching for the chocolate when you feel stress, you take three deep breaths instead, thus decreasing emotional eating behaviors. Another example is waking up multiple time a night. Hypnosis retrains your sleep patterns to ensure a quality night's sleep, which is vital for a healthy lifestyle.
Therapeutic hypnosis helps you make the changes you need to achieve the healthiest you possible.
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation similar to the state achieved in deep restorative yoga. A therapeutic hypnosis session is like taking a mini-vacation. You come back refreshed, at ease, and excited about the future.
Learn more about hypnosis
Here is an excellent article written by master hypnotherapist Roy Hunter for the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists.