What is Hypnosis
The IMDHA (International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association) defines hypnosis and how it works as follows:
Hypnosis may be defined as an education communication process to a person’s mind that allows his/her conscious and subconscious mind to receive the same message.
How Does It Work: the process produces an altered state of consciousness through physical and mental relaxation. The critical faculty of the mind is by-passed and the subconscious openly receives the communication. At this time, the senses are in a state of heightened awareness. The mind will only accept that which goes along with the established morals and ethics. The person in a hypnotic state will respond only to suggestions with which he/she is in agreement. Desire, belief and expectancy are necessary for this altered state to have effect in the outer behavior of the individual.