Hypnosis is a scientifically verified and effective technique that can promote accelerated human change.
It is a highly relaxed, trance-like state in which the conscious or rational part of the brain is temporarily tuned out through a focus on relaxation and non-attention to distracting thoughts. During hypnosis, a person may become more open to specific suggestions and therapeutic goals
In the past hypnosis has been associated with dramatic and impressive cures. Since the 1950s, its use has been extended to routine procedures as well. Hypnosis can help to alter perceptions of pain, eliminate warts, and control bleeding and inflammation. It is being used before, during, and after surgery to help the patient relax, feel comfortable, and heal quickly.
Recently there has been increasing interest in the ability of patients to enhance immune function through hypnosis.
Hypnosis is also used to treat organic conditions. There is no longer any doubt that strong emotional states or unconscious psychological conflicts can cause organic symptoms or exacerbate existing organic pathology. By current estimates, 50% - 80% of all illness is psychosomatic rather than organic.
People respond to hypnosis in different ways. Some are very responsive to hypnotic suggestions and others are less responsive. Some people describe their experience as an altered state of consciousness. Others describe hypnosis as a normal state of focused attention, in which they feel very calm and relaxed. Regardless of how and to what degree they respond, most people describe the experience as very pleasant.*