Hypnosis is simply an altered state of awareness that is generally called a trance.  It is a natural state whereby your focus of attention is inward, rather than on what is around you.  Everyone has experienced this trance state many times in their lives.  Common examples are getting lost in a daydream, being absorbed in a good book or T.V. programme and being unaware of things going on around you, and driving your car safely yet being unaware of much of what happened during the journey.

Contrary to popular belief, when you are hypnotised you are NOT asleep or unconscious.  Everyone experiences trance differently.  Some describe it as a drifting or floating sensation, a feeling of heaviness, lightness or deep relaxation.  Other people simply feel relaxed and don’t even feel like they are in a trance.  For most forms of treatment it doesn’t matter if you go into a light or deep trance.  However you experience going into a trance, it will be just as effective.  In the relaxed state of hypnosis, you are aware and in control, in fact your concentration and awareness actually become heightened.  In this altered state of awareness your unconscious mind can become highly responsive and will accept the changes you want to make quickly and easily.