What is Hypnosis?

It’s fair to say the practice of hypnosis is widely misunderstood, with people confusing the antics of stage hypnotists for what goes on in the therapy room. Far from being a passive state, where the subject is at the mercy of the hypnotist, hypnosis is actually an active process, where you are absorbed in your imagination – much like daydreaming, or being lost in a book. Crucially, you are the one reading the book – it doesn’t read you! In much the same way, while the hypnotist guides you through the experience, you are the one who is control.

At its core, hypnosis is the art and science of suggestion. The aim of this therapy is to use positive suggestions to induce deep and meaningful changes in your life. The more you engage with the process, the better it works. Because it is often paired with deep relaxation, most people find hypnosis to be an exceptionally pleasant experience, as well as being one of great therapeutic value.