What is Hypnosis?


  • is a century-old and scientifically proven form of therapy to treat certain mental, physical and psychosomatic disorders
  • promotes the self-healing process, the individual responsibility and the creative abilities
  • is a verbal and non-verbal form of communication
  • uses the patient’s own resources
  • improves the ability to relax and letting go
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).

How to get into a hypnotic state

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.

What are the advantages of medical hypnosis?

  • Cost-effectiveness: Hypnotherapy is considered a kind of brief therapy (Simple problems can be treated within an timeframe of a few sessions.).
  • Compared to medication: freedom from adverse effects, interactions, addictive risks, drug withdrawal.
  • Improves patient’s sense of self-control and self-efficacy.
  • Self-hypnosis allows the patient to maintain skills learnt in therapy.
  • Better rapport and treatment adherence
  • Increased suggestibility
  • Reduced resistance to treatment
  • Allowing for better access to unconscious material
  • Can be easily combined with other therapies (for example cognitive behavioral therapy or solution-focused therapy)
  • When combined with other therapies (e.g. psychodynamic), it can shorten the treatment duration and strengthen their effectiveness
  • Imagery is more experience-like and vivid

What kind of issues can be improved with medical hypnosis?

Behavior control and lifestyle changes

Anxiety disorders and stress management

Psychosomatic disorders and stress related issues

  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine, tension headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Asthma and hay fever
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Control of chronic pain

Physical problems, pain control

  • Preparation for a medical or surgical intervention
  • Management of pain associated with cancer
  • Allergies, eczemas

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