Hypnosis is a natural and safe state of mind in which you are aware of everything that you experience. Although often mistaken as a form of sleep, hypnosis is actually an altered state of awareness where the subconscious mind is very alert. We all experience hypnosis, often several times a day.
Examples you may be familiar with include daydreaming, travelling to work and not remembering the journey, or being deeply absorbed in a good book or film.
During hypnosis, the subconscious mind becomes receptive to suggestion and hypnotherapy uses this process to suggest new thought or behaviour patterns and responses. There are no specific feelings associated with being in hypnosis, because everyone experiences it differently.
Hypnotherapy is often very helpful for addressing specific issues such as fears and phobias, panic attacks, stopping smoking and losing weight. It involves working on a subconscious level and is often relatively rapid compared with other talking therapies, with many issues requiring between 3 to 6 sessions, depending on you and your situation.