Medical hypnosis is an intense focused state that may seem trance-like, where there is a partial or complete exclusion of awareness. Essentially, individuals who experience day-dreaming incidents are experiencing a similar experience to hypnosis.
It is important to note that not every individual will close their eyes and become unaware of their surroundings. This is a misconception, as individuals may not close their eyes, may continue to work consciously, or may even do tasks on auto-pilot (unconsciously). Every person will experience hypnosis and this trance-like state in different ways. There are several different ways that this trance-like state can be achieved including:
Hypnotic induction is a ritual that is used to help formalize the transition that an individual needs to take in order to achieve that focused state of consciousness. It creates a process that helps the patient reach the hypnosis state.
Self-hypnosis is done when individuals want to focus on achieving goals such as: relaxation, kicking bad habits, choosing to eat healthy, or help with self-esteem and confidence building. It is done by choosing a quiet room to be in where you won’t be disturbed for at least thirty minutes, and working through getting rid of the thoughts dealing with dear, stress or anxiety.
Once these thoughts are dealt with, you focus in on your goal and repeat it. Then you become aware of the tension in your body, become hyper-aware of letting it go. You can use this to boost self-productivity, or use it to deal with tough situations.
Hypnotisability uses deepening techniques to help the individual reach that trance-like state. A clinician will test to see how well an individual can reach this state and then use techniques to enhance and deepen it.
Medical hypnosis can be used to treat many things including: pain of any kind, habit disorders, nausea, and other conditions that are related to disease or pregnancy, relaxation, anxiety, psychotic disorders, and psychotherapy. Plus, it can be used to interrupt strong emotional states of those who may be in traumatic or crisis situations.