Hypnosis is a natural state of physical relaxation and mental focus during which our conscious mind is bypassed so that our subconscious can receive positive suggestions to help us achieve our goals. The Subconscious Mind is the part of our brain that controls 80% of how we think, feel, and behave. When we are in hypnosis, our subconscious minds are more open to positive, empowering suggestions.

It is in this heightened state of suggestibility that the subconscious mind accepts this beneficial input. The hypnotist’s goal is to get the conscious mind and the subconscious mind to communicate with each other in order to shift old habits, negative beliefs and thought patterns into positive ones in a short amount of time.

The word "hypnosis" has been given a negative connotation by some in the entertainment industry. Hypnosis is not what you’ve seen on tv or in the movies. It is not “mind control”, and no one can be hypnotized into doing anything that he or she doesn’t want to do or that is against that individual’s morals or ethics. The one receiving hypnosis is always in control of his/her own mind, and will take suggestions only if he or she chooses to do so.

Hypnosis is a natural state, and in fact, we all experience some form of hypnosis every day. On average, adults go in and out of hypnosis 6-7 times a day. Daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. We are in a natural state of hypnosis when we chop vegetables, exercise, or do any repetitive task. How many times have you missed an exit off the freeway or taken a wrong turn because you were daydreaming about something else? You were hypnotized while your attention was focused on something else other than driving your car. However, had an animal or another car suddenly crossed the road in your path, you would have swerved or slammed on brakes to avoid an accident. So even in a state of hypnosis, we are still very aware of our surroundings and know what is happening.

There are many definitions of hypnosis, but ALL hypnosis is SELF-hypnosis. The hypnotist is just the teacher. Of course, we hypnotists use many different tools and modalities, but with everything, YOU are the one who will be using your powerful, vivid imagination to let go of self-sabotage and attain the results that you desire.

Author's Bio: 

Loretta is a Certified and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master Hypnotist, Life Coach, Counselor and Food/Nutrition Coach and Speaker who has been practicing since 2001. She is a Certified Ericksonian Hypnotist, Accredited and Certified NLP Practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), and she is certified in Right- and Left-Brain Language Patterns and much more. Like doctors and lawyers, Loretta continues her education with various instructors and attends conferences twice a year, and she also uses many other modalities, including Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

In addition to seeing clients individually, Loretta offers group hypnosis and workshops on everything from improving self-esteem to weight loss and nutrition, as well as many other topics, while teaching others how to tap into their full potential. Loretta teaches others how to overcome Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Stress, Relationship Issues, Problems at Work, Depression, Self-Sabotage, Weight Loss, Emotional Eating and Eating Disorders, Anger, Fears, Childhood Issues, Addictions, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, IBS and Other Physical Issues, Inner Child Work, Healing and Clearing Core Issues. Loretta also helps athletes Improve their Game, Skills, Focus and Concentration. She teaches Mind Relaxation for Golf, and much more. Loretta loves teaching others how to attain Self Mastery and Emotional Mastery, and teaches others how to use the powerful, vivid imagination of their subconscious minds to achieve the results they desire. Her greatest joy is helping others attain health, well-being and happiness.