Hypnotism is an important therapeutic technique because it taps into the mind-body relationship. Hypnotists have a successful track record in dealing with a variety of psychological issues such as depression, anxiety disorders, and phobias. A hypnotist can help people struggling to lose weight, stop smoking, or who suffer from low self-esteem. Anxiety disorders, depression and low self-esteem are not isolated issues. There is a common thread that runs through them. A hypnotist helps patients develop a deeper understanding of her problems and to develop coping skills and strategies. Hypnosis can also help to lessen pain and speed up the body’s natural healing process. We are embodied beings. In other words, the psychological and the physiological are intimately intertwined.
A hypnotist helps the subconscious mind helping it to accept new ideas and suggestions. Our body and the mind are relaxed when we are in a hypnotic state. As a consequence, the subconscious is more open to suggestions because our everyday consciousness is suspended or put on hold. Freud utilized the techniques of hypnotism when he first began to explore the phenomenon of the unconscious. Consciousness, according to Freud, operates as a censoring mechanism that prohibits certain ideas, thoughts, and feelings from reaching conscious expression.