Hypnosis is a natural state of increased focused attention, concentration, and deep relaxation, also called "trance state". Trance states occur naturally every day in most people and are comparable to the relaxed state we reach when in meditation or doing yoga. Clinical or medical hypnosis is being used for relaxation, for the therapy of specific psychological or physical disorders as well as to improve performance (in sports, studying, exams and professional life).
Hypnosis is simply a state of focused attention and relaxation, which occurs naturally in everyday life. Examples are day-dreaming, or this state of being in thoughts during a monotonous activity, e.g. driving for a long time on an uninteresting highway. The perception changes and is more intense. During a hypnosis session, the therapist (hypnotist) helps the patient to go into a hypnotic state, and use this trance state to work on a therapeutic goal.
Behavior control and lifestyle changes
Anxiety disorders and stress management
Psychosomatic disorders and stress related issues
Physical problems, pain control