The therapy that treats the patients through Hypnosis or a hypnotic trance is called Hypno Therapy. 

The process of Hypno Therapy begins as the patient approaches the hypnosis expert for the treatment. This is the first step in remedy since it signifies a degree of acceptance of the fact that the troubles could be attributable to psychic reasons. This readiness helps the patient in opening up of mind and accepting the expert's suggestions. 

After there is good deal of sharing about the issues and feelings of the patient, the expert explains the whole process of hypnotic trance and how it could be beneficial in resolving problems. This is very much essential, not only in understanding the issues well but also in developing environment of trust and acceptability. 

When the patient is ready to undertake the trance, he is asked to take a very comfortable position. For most patients it is more comfortable to lie in a bed. The position should be such where the patient/subject can remain comfortable without extreme moving from the place. It is ensured that throughout the whole process there is no cause of interruption e.g. door bell or phone calls  etc.

The therapist would then start the real process of inducing trance and regression. 
  • This begins with calling the focus of the patient to his body. The therapist use their own convenient way for this. 
  • This is followed with breathing and relaxation alongwith hypnotic suggestions with the eyes closed by the patient. When the person's conscious mind becomes relaxed and dormant, the therapist checks the rigidity of hand etc. 
  • Now, the patient is under Trance and is more receptive to suggestions. The unconscious mind is now accessible. The expert ask the patient relevant questions and seek feedback so as to reach to the past incident that could be the cause of the problem of the patient. This is de-freezing stage.
  • The patient, experiences feeling of pain, humiliation etc.from the same incident once again. During this period the therapist explains the patient that the incident has already been past and now it no longer exists. 
  • Then, the guide gives very positive suggestions to the patient which are accepted by the unconscious mind. This is called the refreezing stage. 
  • When the expert is convinced that most likely cause of the problem of the patient has been addressed to, he slowly brings back the patient to wakeful awareness. 
  • The patient opens eyes and after discussion with the therapist can move. The session ends here. Depending upon the response and recovery, the therapist may decide if further sessions are needed.
  • Hypnotherapy is used for treatment of many problems e.g. addiction, anxiety, stress, amnesia, various phobias, obesity, pain, and sexual or athletic performance. 


We have many misconceptions about Hypnosis. People at large, upon hearing of 'Hypnosis' immediately recall image of a person with strange deep eyes, pendulum in his hand and turning the other person dumb..!! This is because of the Stage Hypnotist when hypnotism is performed for entertainment purpose. People still believe that the power of hypnotist enslave the subject person. It is, therefore, good that we clarify " what is not Hypnosis" before we know what Hypnosis really means. 

The Person inducing Hypnosis has mysterious powers
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This is totally wrong. Whatever happens during Hypnosis is the output of the person who is undergoing Hypnosis. The Hypnotist only helps the subject to getting into the state of 'Trance'

Hypnosis is a risky 
and an 
 Unusual condition

This is not true. Hypnosis is a natural condition. We get into this state many times during our day-to-day life. Whenever, we totally focus in a particular activity and do not take cognizance of other things, we are under Trance.e.g. Watching a movie, reading a novel, driving etc.but we do not realize this. 


The Person under Hypnosis loses his self control and can speak out his secrets.  
          
This is totally wrong. During the whole process, the person remains fully conscious and at no time can be made to reveal his secrets.A person under Trance never goes helpless. If the Hypnotist unduely tries to do so, the subject will feel uncomfortable and will come out of the Trance. Studies have shown that the subject under hypnosis can and does reject suggestions of some types.



Only the mentally weak person can go under Hypnosis

Some people are mentally resistant to being hypnotized. During Hypnosis, a mentally strong person can better focus on his subject and hence can get into hypnotic trance in a better way. Getting in to Trance is not a challenge. The person undergoes Hypnosis to resolve his problem and hence, resistance is meaningless. 

A person who is more intelligent or imaginative and who has more ability to concentrate, can have better experience of Trance provided he has approached the expert with receptive attitude.

  

Hypnosis is Sleep or being Unconscious.

During Hypnosis, the subject remains totally caml but conscious. Because of deep relaxation, the eyes are closed but mind is aware about the environment and what is going on around. Trance is a state of hightened state of consciousness. The brain waves are different during sleep and during Hypnotic Trance.



Hypnosis is Occult.                    

There is nothing like occult, No special rituals are performed, no Mantras are recited nor spells are cast. Hypnosis is just a natural state of mind attained by the subject and the Hypnotist is just guiding the subject.


A person can get stuck during Hypnosis 

Normally, all therapists bring the subjects back to fully awakened state. However, if this is not done, or if there is any break or interruption during the trance, the subject would most naturally return to awakened state or will fall asleep.. No one ever gets stuck to the state of Trance.


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