Hypnotherapy vs. Hypnosis what’s the difference?
The difference between hypnotherapy and hypnosis is not a matter splitting hairs it’s an important distinction. It can be equated to thinking of hypnosis as a tool and hypnotherapy as the use of that tool. Hypnosis is the tool that a hypnotherapist uses to resolve an issue for a client. When a Hypnotherapist is using hypnosis to help a client solve an issue than that professional is a hypnotherapist.
To appreciate what a hypnotherapist does its best to understand the basics of what hypnotism is. The word hypnosis comes from the Greek word “hypnos” which means, to sleep. Hypnotism at its most basic level is the act of putting someone into a trance like state or sleep like state. Although you are never actually asleep and in fact you are hyper aware.
A hypnotic trance is a very flexible tool for helping clients overcome mental and physical health problems of all kinds. Different professionals define a hypnotic trance differently, but the most commonly are:
In a hypnotic state, we can turn your attention completely inward to find and utilize your natural resources that are deep within you make the changes you are seeking. This can help you make major changes to your life.
- Hyper focus and concentration
- A deep state of relaxation
- Increased suggestibility
A person on average goes into a hypnotic trance seven times a day. Have you ever been driving home and you arrived at your destination and you thought to yourself “how did I get here?” that you putting yourself into a hypnotic trance. Have you ever been reading a good book and completely zoned out on what’s going on around you?
What about when you’re falling asleep or waking up, have you ever asked yourself “am I awake or asleep?” What about day dreaming? Do you find yourself daydreaming when someone is talking to you or you are watching a long presentation? Guess what? You’re putting yourself in a hypnotic state. That’s what a hypnotherapist does.
They use relaxation technics to help you achieve a hypnotic trance. Now we use special skills we have developed to put you into a much deeper hypnotic state for the purpose of having a conversation with your sub conscious mind. That being said you are always conscious and you are never asleep that’s just a myth. In fact you are not only fully aware you are hyper aware.
The whole point of a hypnotic trance is to focus the conscious mind so that the subconscious mind comes forward (so to speak) and all its resources are available to the hypnotherapist to change and alter the old patterns that are in the subconscious mind that are getting in the way of the client getting what they want or achieving a goal.
In a hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist can assist your subconscious mind to turn inward to find and utilize your natural resources that are deep within you make the changes you are seeking.
This allows you the client to make not only changes but trans-formative changes in your life. Like losing weight or quitting smoking or dealing with issues that keep you stuck in old patterns that may have served you at one point but are not longer helping you get the life that you want.