Hypnosis is simply a deeply relaxed state. It's a state that we actually experience many times throughout our day. Have you ever been watching the television of an evening and felt very relaxed and when someone, something gets your attention and you realise you've been staring at the television but have not been following the program? Or when you are driving a familiar route home from work and once pulled up on the drive, not remembering parts of the journey?
This is very similar to the hypnotic state, it's a natural experience that is a part of life. The only difference being, the hypnotic state is induced by the therapist and is used for a specific, therapeutic purpose.
Hypnosis is a trance like state where our brains switch gear, a different brain wave. A state where we become highly susceptible to suggestion or direction. We are always aware of this process at some level, if not consciously, we are subconsciously.
In an hypnotherapy session the therapist is able to form a line of communication with our subconscious mind or 'inner self'. It is here where the magic happens. The therapist carefully suggests new patterns of thought or behaviour to our subconscious. Once these suggestions have been imbedded, these new thoughts and behavioural patterns become immediately automatic and a part of ourselves.
The result is we experience immediate changes to our inner dialogue, changing how we think, behave and feel. This is because our subconscious mind is communicating the newly programmed thoughts and behavioural patterns to our conscious mind throughout the day and night.