Explore the subject of magic and mystery – Hypnosis
The word “hypnosis” has been derived from the Greek word Hypnos, meaning "sleep." For some, it is a subject of science while others define it as a subject of magic and mystery.
Hypnotherapists use different techniques to bring about a deep, refreshing and relaxing experience. It has also been defined as an art of mastering one’s own state of awareness. During hypnosis, changes take place in the brain and the subject experiences a state of trance. The hypnotized person feels relaxed and is in a subconscious state.
Hypnotherapists are trained professionals, who are experts in inducing hypnosis. Breathing exercises, focusing on an object, counting techniques, muscle relaxation, and visual imaginary are the most common ways used for hypnosis.
People have many misconceptions about hypnosis, but the practice has been proven safe. The subject being hypnotized undergoes an enjoyable exercise and feels composed and rejuvenated during the therapy.
During hypnosis, the mind of the subject becomes more receptive. Hypnosis is used as a therapy to quit practices such as smoking, drinking and drug addiction. Similar to other relaxation techniques, hypnosis decreases blood pressure and heart rate and alters the brain wave activity. In such a state of trance, people are open to suggestions. Hypnotherapy is also used to boost one’s self-esteem. It can treat conditions that cause emotional distress.
Hypnosis involves various stages. The process starts with reframing the issue. Then the subject becomes relaxed and gets engrossed in the words or images presented by the hypnotherapist. This stage is followed by the stage of dissociation that is to let go critical thoughts out of the mind. Then in the next stage the subject starts responding that is, he becomes open to the suggestions of the hypnotherapist. Then he returns to usual awareness.
The training prerequisites and state registration requirements for becoming a hypnotherapist vary from state to state. People interested in becoming a hypnotherapist can join a professional organization to master the principles of hypnosis.