Hypnosis is an "Altered State of Consciousness, combined with a Heightened State of Awareness" and despite what you may have heard, it is certainly NOT sleep!
The hypnotic state or 'trance' as we call it is a condition which is induced by the suggestion and coercing of the Hypnotherapist. Hypnosis is a very unique experience and no two people go through the process in exactly the same way.
The human mind can be thought of as occupying two distinct, but very different spheres: The Conscious Mind, and the Subconscious, or Unconscious Mind.
The difference between the two is that whilst the Conscious Mind is responsible for all 'yes' & 'no' responses and decision making, the Subconscious is responsible for all the bodily functions that we as humans, cannot be trusted to look after. These are functions such as Breathing, Eyelids opening and closing, etc. The Subconscious also has no capacity for intellect or reasoning. It simply accepts that things are what they are, and therefore, any suggestion that takes root within the Subconscious, will always be discharged in what we call 'Motor Action'.
Wonderful! It can best be described as a 'woosy' detached, very pleasant experience and is heightened by a very deep and profound feeling of relaxation and well being. Some clients report a sense of 'day dreaming' whilst others become receptive to subtle changes in their physical senses.
You will! The technique that we use at the BLHC is called 'Conscious Hypnosis', which means that the majority of clients can usually remember everything that they heard throughout the session, and if they were asked to, everything that they said in response to the Therapist's questions.
Your subconscious mind is your 24 hour Sentinel who's purpose is to protect you at all times, so if at any time during the Hynotherapy session, either your health, safety, or well being should ever be called into question, your Subconscious would immediately allow you to take full control of the situation and would release you from the Hypnotic state with no adverse effects.