Hypnosis and Trance

Hypnotic trance is a very focused state of mind, similar to being absorbed in a daydream. We go through a type of trance state at least twice everyday, as we are waking up and as we are going to sleep, we also get to a light trance when we are deep in thought accessing memories and experiences from the past, sometimes we trance out doing other everyday tasks like driving or watching tv. It is actually a very common state of mind to access, and hypnosis is simply about finding ways to access and maintain this state.

During a hypnotic trance the critical HypnoticFocusHypnoticFocuspart of the mind/brain is much less active than it normally is, this allows other parts of the mind to flow more freely with images, emotions and memories, without critical thoughts impeding the process and so you can more easily access subconscious imprints and programming that you would like to change.

Physical Characteristics of Hypnosis

When we go into a relaxed hypnotic trance, our brainwaves typically slow down and our breathing and heart rate slows a little too. Rapid eye movements (REM) often also occur as internal imagery is accessed. Attention to the physical is reduced, so we experience decreased sensitivity to external stimuli and often a distorted perception of time. Sometimes with this degree of relaxation there is a sense of physical distortion too as the mind perceives the body becoming either very heavy or very light.

You will likely be conscious during the trance and remember what happened. Often people report that they feel very deeply relaxed and comfortable, and when the session is over you may feel as though you've had a short nap.

You may have had similar experiences in daydream, but under the guidance of an experienced hypnotherapist you can utilise this state of mind for positive change.