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What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is an extremely relaxed state of selective awareness, in which you are able to affect your mind and body in ways that are not possible in normal waking consciousness. It is increasingly being used in mainstream medicine as an adjunct to traditional treatment, and by psychologists as a tool to gain access to and heal the subconscious mind.

Hypnosis works through accessing and identifying subconscious views or beliefs and then modifying them to accord with our wishes. This shift occurs through the repetition of positive suggestions the therapist and client create together to bring about the desired change.

For example, a client may wish to increase her self-confidence and self-esteem and is able to identify old belief patterns that have reinforced insecurity or low self-confidence. These old beliefs are gradually eradicated through the repetition of new language, new, positive messages suggested to the client in sessions and on recordings (Mp3s or CDs) the client can take home and practice with.

In the case of physical healing and pain management, the therapist suggests to the client while the client is in a deep state of relaxation and concentration that his or her surgery will be completely successful and an overall positive and pleasant experience and that his/her post-surgery recovery will be swift and free of complications.

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