What is hypnosis?  What is it not?  What is it good for? 

Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis interpretation

Hypnosis is a scientifically proven procedure to produce a desired specific outcome, and one of positive change.

Hypnosis is about allowing the mind to slip into a deep state of focused un-consciousness and relaxation and being, and feeling, safe.  It is within this safe place that the mind can accept altered thought processes.

Hypnosis is accepted by the medical profession.


Therapeutic outcomes – Hypnotherapy is a therapy using hypnosis.  How?

Paul McKenna states “Hypnosis allows us to talk directly to parts of the body and mind, which are not under conscious control.  Incredible as it may seem, in hypnosis we can actually persuade the body to behave differently, even though our conscious mind has no means of directing that change”.

Hypnosis can be used as a therapeutic tool, to tap into the subconscious mind and transform areas of your life.

It can change how you think, feel and behave by considering how we use our mind and language and how we allow others to influence us.

During a hypnotherapy session, the physical body calms, relaxes and generally feels better, sending signals and messages to the brain, which results in the mind feeling better and relaxing even further.  A wonderful situation to be in, with the whole process reducing stress, allowing the physical body to use its energy to encourage healing and boosting the immune system, generally improving health and well-being.

It is considered that virtually anyone can be hypnotised, although like many things, some people can be more easily hypnotised than others.

Whilst being hypnotised, people are in control and can terminate the session should they want to.

Fears of use

It appears people are sceptical, and even fearful, of hypnosis because of the ridicule element by stage hypnotists and how it has been portrayed in the media.  I am not someone who believes in laughing at someone else’s expense.  I’m a therapist, of course I’m not going to make you behave like a chicken!

Some people are also afraid of hypnosis for fear of unearthing something that shouldn’t be unearthed, or having something lingering that shouldn’t be lingered.  With the hypnotherapy sessions I conduct, there is often no need to delve into the past.  Although client’s may offer their background during consultation, I believe the sessions are about moving forward.  In fact, one client thanked me for specifically for NOT focusing on the cause of her anxiety.

Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy – What it is not

Hypnotherapy is not an instant or miracle cure, or fix, to a problem.

Hypnotherapy is not about altering the memory or removing memories.  It is also not about going to sleep, falling asleep or being asleep.

Hypnosis is not about a person losing control, of either their mind or body.  This could be a perception that could be attributable to stage hypnosis.  Stage Hypnosis, in my opinion, is not an acceptable nor ethical form of entertainment, as I feel it devalues the power of the process.


Hypnosis is achieving a deeply relaxing state of mind and body, which enable the body and mind to calm, unwind and heal.  It should be an effective and pleasant experience.

Hypnosis can be a powerful tool.

For full benefit, hypnotherapy can be used to help you, while you, the conscious person, takes actions alongside the hypnotherapy sessions, for a desired outcome, which is usually one of positive change.

Some consider Traditional Hypnosis to have a partial success rate because it is not very effective for people who are critical or analytical of the hypnosis process.  To some extent, the belief of hypnosis is required in order for it to have a beneficial outcome.

If you want to try hypnotherapy to reduce stress and anxiety, improve self-esteem or confidence, or to stop smoking or lose weight, then why not make contact for a no-obligation chat?

Contact Tracey on tracey@plumessencetherapies.co.uk or call 01889 808388

2 thoughts on “What is Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy”

  1. Thank you Tracey I will be back I am having a bit of a crisis and am just having to get down to work to get back to where I need to be then I will come back to wire and to you and Paul also thank you for new year card and I wish you all the best for 2018 .Love Norah

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