How does Hypnosis work?
Through the power of suggestion. I will facilitate change by placing positive suggestions into your subconscious mind for you to act on. For instance you may be asked to focus your attention on your breathing, or to imagine various things. During the induction, the therapist is likely to speak to you in a particular way, and at a particular tempo, which is designed to gently slow down the brainwaves. This will help you to gradually drift into the state of hypnotic trance, in which you will experience feelings of relaxation and well being.
Hypnosis is a 100% natural state; everyone has been in trance of varying degrees many times a day. It is not possible to become stuck in this trance because the client is always in control, although he may feel so comfortable that he may decide to remain in trance a little while longer. No one can stay in trance indefinitely; even if the therapist stopped talking for a while, the client’s bodily functions would eventually arouse him. The worst thing that can happen is that the client may become so comfortable that he/she will actually fall asleep.