What is Hypnosis?

You don't need any special preparation to have hypnosis. But it's a good idea to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing to help with relaxation. Also, make sure that you're well rested before having hypnosis so that you're not inclined to fall asleep during the session.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com
Also known as hypnotherapy, Mesmerism, Hypnoses
Search for any health
topic on HealthMash:

Explore and Discover

Drugs and Substances
Alternative Medicine

Hypnosis information from trusted sources:


Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus, concentration and inner absorption. When you're under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed, and you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com


Hypnosis is similar to deep daydreaming. During this trance-like time, the conscious or rational part of the brain is temporarily tuned out, making the subconscious mind subject to suggestions offered by the therapist, a hypnotist. In this relaxed state, the mind is considered open to change.

Read more on www.pdrhealth.com


Hypnotherapy-like practices were used in ancient Egypt, Babylon, Greece, Persia, Britain, Scandinavia, America, Africa, India and China. The Bible, Talmud, and Hindu Vedas mention hypnotherapy, and some Native American and African ceremonies include trance states similar to hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy (also called hypnosis) comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning sleep.

Read more on www.intelihealth.com

Hypnosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hypnosis is a mental state (according to "state theory") or imaginative role-enactment (according to "non-state theory"). It is usually induced by a ...

Read more on en.wikipedia.org


Hypnosis is a state of restful alertness during which a person uses deeply focused concentration.

Read more on www.cancer.org


Hypnosis is a technique in which clinicians make suggestions to individuals who have undergone a procedure designed to relax them and focus their minds.

Read more on www.apa.org

Hypnosis definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular ...

Mar 8, 2011 ... Hypnosis: A part of healing from ancient times. The induction of trance states and the use of therapeutic suggestion were a central feature ...

Read more on www.medterms.com

Hypnotherapy - Hypnosis - WebMD

Sep 16, 2009 ... Learn more about the role of hypnotherapy, or hypnosis, in psychotherapy and mental health.

Read more on www.webmd.com


Hypnosis may help you cope better with certain medical conditions, stop unwanted habits or reduce stress related to medical procedures. The effects of hypnosis can be long lasting and can improve your overall quality of life.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com
Hypnosis that's conducted under the care of a trained therapist or health care professional is considered a safe complementary and alternative medicine treatment.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com
What you can expect
There are a variety of techniques for hypnosis. The approach you choose depends on what you want to accomplish and your personal preferences. Your hypnotherapist may make a recommendation about the best technique for your situation.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com
Why it's done
Hypnosis is intended to help you gain more control over undesired behaviors or emotions or to help you cope better with a wide range of medical conditions. Hypnosis isn't considered a treatment or a type of psychotherapy. Rather, it's a procedure typically used along with certain treatments and therapies to help a wide variety of conditions.

Read more on www.mayoclinic.com