Hypnosis is an induced state of trance. Trance is a state of mind in which you are feeling very relaxed and attentively focussed on one thing - with hypnosis; listening to the hypnotist. Throughout your day, you go into periods of trance without even realising that’s what it is, for example if you are driving a familiar route and start focussing on what you are going to cook for dinner, then arrive at your destination and realise you were driving on ‘auto-pilot’, you were in a state of trance.
The hypnotherapist has a conversation with the client to ascertain what the issue is the client would like to address, and formulates a goal or desired outcome with the client. With the client’s consent, the hypnotherapist induces a state of trance and while the client is in this relaxed state, the hypnotherapist presents positive suggestions that support this goal. The hypnotherapist then guides the client out of the state of trance and gives the client further guidance on ‘homework’ in the form of positive affirmations and visualisations to reinforce the positive suggestion.
Most of our everyday habitual behaviour is governed by our subconcious mind. In order to upload a new, positive program effectively, it is best delivered directly into the subconcious mind. This is what a hypnotherapist facilitates during a hypnotherapy session. Your own goals and desired behaviour changes are expertly delivered while your conscious mind is in rest and relax mode. My clients report it as a blissful yet powerful experience
During hypnotherapy, you are still in control of your own mind at all times. Even when completely relaxed, your mind always has a 'sentry guard' on duty. A hypnotherapist only makes suggestions which you have previously agreed upon, and cannot force your mind to accept anything you find disagreeable. Your hypnotherapy session is a guaranteed safe space, with a trained professional member of Hypnosis New Zealand, adhering to strict protocols and code of ethics.