Contrary to what you may have seen on television shows or in the movies, hypnosis is not a mysterious state, devoid of awareness, in which you can be made to do things against your will. Hypnosis is actually quite relaxing and often very comforting. You're completely aware of everything that's being said and done. Some people even wonder if they experienced it at all because of misconceptions about what it's like.
Hypnosis is, in fact, a very natural state. We go in an out of it during our daily lives. The times when it's most easily identified are that dreamlike state just before we fall asleep and when we first wake up. You're also experiencing hypnosis when you can't remember where you put the glasses that are on your face, or when you miss the freeway exit you take every day because your mind is on something else.
During the normal course of your life, you're not likely to realize a change in your state has occurred. When you're in a session, however, your therapist will guide you through techniques to establish you in the hypnotic state in order to do beneficial therapeutic work. The fact that you remain so aware of what's happening around you is not an indication that hypnosis is not occurring. Being in the hypnotic state makes it easier to follow your hypnotherapist's suggestions in order to achieve your goals.
The best part is that hypnosis feels so good. You have a wonderful opportunity to relax, both physically and mentally, and to experience a capacity to learn and to change in beneficial ways you might not have realized were available to you before. Many people subsequently notice their lives change for the better. Perhaps they're able to get rid of an old habit, or get through a test without anxiety, or experience the deep and restful sleep they've been lacking. Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to effect favorable changes in your life, and results are frequently noticeable in a short period of time.