Hypnosis is a natural mind state that we all constantly experience, and most without realizing it. It is a state of intense relaxation and concentration in which the mind becomes detached from everyday cares and concerns.
Self-hypnosis can occur when we become engrossed in reading, watching television, meditation, listening to music and even driving our car. In this relaxed state the subconscious part of the mind is best able to respond creatively to suggestion and imagery. The subconscious and conscious parts of the mind begin to work on the same concept at the same time without any conflict whereas they would normally work independently from each other.
All Hypnosis is self-hypnosis whether self-induced or guided by a therapist. The role of the Hypnotherapist is to help the client to switch into this natural mind state rather than have it just occur. All hypnotic states are characterized by an extremely pleasant state of relaxation, an altered state of consciousness into which the client allows themselves to enter so that desired, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind.
Hypnosis is a natural and effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, a source of many of our problems as well as a reservoir of unrecognized potential, strength and knowledge.