About the author: Fanis Makrigiannis of Mind Sprit Body Hypnosis is certified and accredited by The American Board of Hypnotherapy, The National Guild of Hypnotists, and The American Board of Neuro-linguistic Programming.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Great question, and honestly I’m asked this at least once a week.
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the process of a trained professional placing their subject into a completely relaxed state of mind. This hypnotic state of mind can be achieved by various techniques including progressive relaxation, metaphors, or what is known as “mind-bending language” (words and phrases that help bypass the conscious mind). Hypnosis is completely natural and safe.
We tend to go into hypnosis naturally throughout the day (called trances). Sometimes we forget the car ride home or fall into a deep focus while watching tv or listening to music. These are all examples of trance states.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic modality performed by a trained professional to effect changes in behaviour. Some of these behaviours include smoking cessation, ending addictions, managing stress and anxiety, weight management, increasing confidence and self-esteem, and much more.
Can anyone be hypnotized?
Another great question. My personal experience tells me this: if you want to be hypnotized then you will be. Many have come to me as skeptics but came to me with an open mind. The results were powerful and predictable. A strong hypnotic response was evident. I used many suggestion tests to prove the presence of hypnosis. One of the most powerful hypnotic indicators is time distortion. The subconscious simply cannot tell time.
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