At the beginning of a hypnosis session, the hypnotherapist asks what the patient wants to work on and what the possible causes are. They will then find out what the patients goals are in the session and what they would like the outcome to be. They will talk about current life circumstances and then the hypnosis can begin.
During hypnosis, the physical body is completely relaxed. The more frequently that hypnosis is practiced results in the deeper levels of relaxation. Those who practice meditation regularly will recognize the feelings of hypnosis and often find it easier to tap into the subconscious.
Hypnotherapy accesses the subconscious and uses “suggestions”, or words, to alter habits and beliefs. This is often used for negative habits such as smoking, overeating and much more.
Let’s say that you have a problem with portion control and eat entirely too much. A hypnotherapist will first ask you to explain your childhood. The subconscious is generally formed during the childhood years and are often related to family influences, such as harboring guilt on wasted food and so on.
When you can relate to an issue and feel that that could be the potential cause, the hypnotherapist will put you under hypnosis and access the subconscious mind to change the habit. If the reason is wasted food, the hypnotherapist will alter the thought to something more positive, such as “getting rid of food is perfectly acceptable” and “I eat as much as I require.”
Hypnosis puts thoughts and images into the subconscious, which the subconscious cannot detect as influenced or fake. The subconscious will take the idea in as a real feeling and start to adapt based on the change. Patients that come out of hypnosis feel as though the change they made is of their own influence and doing because the response is so natural.