Trance is a natural ‘brain state’. We go into trance many times a day and it does not mean that we lose control. It is when our mind goes into ‘automatic’ mode when we engage in a routine activity such as driving a car, cooking, going for a run etc. The mind does not focus on the task at hand but it will focus internally – reflecting, contemplating, planning, rehearsing, remembering …

It may be referred to as a ‘dream like state’. It is not a sleep. Clients are conscious to a lesser or higher degree when receiving hypnotherapy. No one individual will respond the same to hypnosis and each will have their own individual experience. What tends to be a fact which happens in most cases is the feeling of relaxation and the feeling of lightness upon trance termination. The process of trance engages both the intellectual and primitive mind and focuses on one thing. At this stage everything else recedes and awareness for example about time passing. Noise can be very restricted as the conscious mind relaxes and turns ‘inwards’ reflecting and pondering over events, feelings, experiences. The mind in hypnosis drifts in and out, being guided by the hypnotherapist speaking to them using positive language patterns which stimulate the brain’s activity, calming it down and encouraging the body’s relaxation.

It is harnessing the focus of the person being hypnotised that is the key to hypnotherapy. This is where the skill of a hypnotherapist can enhance the client’s thought processes by carefully selecting appropriate suggestions in a form of language patterns and metaphors. The visual images that are created by the client serve as a new experience and can be used in their daily lives. The repetitive process of trance and focused visualization is a key to creating new mind sets and behaviour. These will after some time become part of the client’s subconscious and new responses will become automatic. It is important to note here that there are limits to hypnosis and the success of hypnotherapy lies in the client’s determination and focus between the therapy sessions to allow for positive changes to really take place. Hypnotherapy is not magic and client needs to be aware of that they themselves play an important part within the therapy.