Hypnosis involves bringing an individual into a relaxed state, otherwise known as a hypnotic trance. Trance denotes a state of consciousness that allows the individual to access subconscious thought. A person in hypnotic trance is always aware and in control of their actions. One aspect of hypnotherapy is hypntoic regression. Hypnotic regression is used to create change in individuals at a deep subconscious level. It delves into the subconscious to connect with emotions in the mind, body and spirit that are associated with long-term memories. By looking at these long-term memories as a detached observer, hypnotherapy can unlock the intuitive powers of the individual without diminishing their rational powers in any way. Memories that are held in a maladaptive state are then brought to the surface so they can be released.
Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind.The New York Times
Hypnotherapy helps an individual discover and remember earlier experiences that have caused present complaints and conditions. These sometimes-forgotten experiences contain emotional wounds that have never healed. They may trigger persistent half-conscious negative beliefs about themselves or the world. Such beliefs are weakened when one understands the cause. Finding and remembering undigested experiences unlocks emotions and bring insight into how present complaints have their roots in those experiences.
Regression therapy generally is much faster and much more effective than either classical forms of psychoanalysis or regular forms of behavioral therapy. The therapist does not analyze the relationship someone had with his father as an example, but explores the defining moments of that relationship: maybe being left alone in a strange playground when five years old, or shouting with mama when eight years old, or a scathing remark when eleven years old.