Hypnosis: How Does It Work?

How and Why Hypnosis Works

What is Hypnosis?

There are many myths surrounding how hypnosis works. Some of the most prevalent involve swinging a pocket watch at the hypnotized person. Or that a hypnotist could make them to do things that they might not do otherwise. Hypnosis is a form of therapy that can help clients experience and achieve the possibilities that exist for them. 

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a trance-like state of consciousness or focused concentration. It involves focusing the client’s imaginative involvement and attention so that the imagined feels like it could be real. A hypnotic trance happens everyday. For example, “zoning” out while watching television, losing oneself in a good book or driving a familiar route without recalling that it has occurred.

Most clients find how hypnosis works by experiencing it and how hypnosis creates a state of relaxation. This can make it especially useful to those who are anxious and/or tense. The primary benefits of being in this relaxed state is that it opens the mind up to suggestions that can be used to help alleviate pain, encourage a state of calmness, manage unwanted side effects of medication and more

How Does Hypnosis Work?

The research into hypnosis methods that work is ongoing, but neuroimaging has reaped some answers. Words guide clients into an expanded imagination along with suggestions which correspond with changes the client desires. As recent neuroscience research has shown, when a patient imagines a physical activity, color, sound or pain while in a hypnotic state, the regions of the brain that are activated when the patient has the same experience in reality are similar. 

As a method of supporting the mind body connection, hypnosis has almost limitless possibilities. From helping patients curb their anxiety to providing palliative care, it is a valuable therapeutic tool that deserves a place within a comprehensive plan of recovery or treatment. 


Have you ever experienced hypnotherapy? Clients get to transform by accessing their subconcious mind through hypnosis. The subscounscious mind stores all the memories from birth. Much of our life we spend running on autopilot. Autopilot runs from the subconscious patterns we’ve learned.

Learn Hypnosis

Have you ever wanted to learn how to practice hypnosis for yourself or working with others? Marcella McMahon is the founder of MDS-Institute which offers several types of hypnotherapy training including certified Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy Training.

Marcella’s Practice

Marcella offers sessions for online hypnosis through her practice at Power To Uplift. Marcella named her hypnotherapy practice Power To Uplift because, “It is not my power to uplift others, but rather the client’s ability to uplift their human life by connecting to their higher-self through hypnosis.”

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