Hypnosis has unlocked many of the secrets behind the mystery of the human mind, and there are several stages one hypnosis that one must be aware of. Although stage hypnotists may make it seem like they possess mysterious powers allowing them control over their subjects and having them do their every bidding, the truth is that every person has the means to break off from that hypnotic state.
There are a number of varied hypnosis processes and programs, but most of them follow quite a similar pattern. For simplicity, hypnosis is generally broken down into three stages. For therapeutic purposes these stages are commonly used for therapies and treatments for a number of problems such as quitting smoking, pain or anger management, breaking old habits, and even alcohol and substance abuse.
The first stage is known as the superficial trance (or light trance), which is characterized as the lightest stage of hypnosis, where a subject is still consciously aware of his surroundings and environment. This stage is often used to treat patients with surface behaviours that need to be corrected like smoking and addiction. During this stage the subject can accept the suggestions relayed by the hypnotist, but retains the freedom to accept them or not.
The second stage is considered as the alpha stage, which is a deeper level of trance, and often used to control or treat pain. In this stage a deeper relaxation is achieved, breathing, heart pressure and rate begin to reduce.
The third and last stage is the deepest among the hypnotic stages, and is frequently used by psychiatrists to access deeper portions of the subconscious mind, to get to the innermost thoughts where memories of past events and forgotten emotions are stored. This makes it possible to treat patients with severe psychological trauma.
Hypnotism is a state of mind and of induced mental conditioning, so remember, it is helpful to decide and be determined to place your full confidence into the practice to achieve results. The more confidence you build, the greater the effect can be.
Depending on the result you are trying to achieve, hypnotism can be a delicate process. If for example you are suffering a psychological condition or taking medication for a psychiatric problem, it is best to discuss it first with a your psychiatrist before seeing a licensed and experienced practitioner.
Depending on the result you are after, you may find that simply knowing the various stages as described above will help you determine whether it is better to seek professional service or train yourself to do some self hypnosis.