In some ways, hypnotic state is similar to sleep as there is a narrowing of consciousness accompanied by a pleasant relaxation. But unlike sleep you never completely lose awareness during hypno/relaxation. While hypnotized you are able to perceive and respond to things going on around you. During hypnosis, your body relaxes and your thoughts become more focused. Like other relaxation techniques, hypnotherapy lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. In this relaxed state, you will feel at ease physically yet fully awake mentally and may be highly responsive to suggestion. Your conscious mind becomes less alert and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
After putting you into a relaxed state the therapist will give you suggestions designed specifically for you and your problems. These suggestions help you manage and regulate your symptoms and issues in your everyday life.