Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness which individuals can naturally allow themselves to enter, so that, for therapeutic purposes, beneficial suggestions may be given directly to the unconscious mind. So, hypnosis is a natural, effective way of making contact with the inner (unconscious) self, which has a tremendous reservoir of unrecognised potential strength and knowledge.
It may be surprising to many to learn that we have all experienced trance states many times, for example as we drift into sleep or upon wakening. The experience of being hypnotised is similar: neither asleep nor awake and a little like daydreaming.
There is usually no particular feeling associated with being in the state of hypnosis. Most people report a very pleasant feeling of physical and mental relaxation and find that they enjoy the experience. While in hypnosis the person is not asleep and is, therefore, fully aware of everything that is taking place.