The term "hypnosis" comes from the Greek word hypnos, meaning "sleep." Hypnotherapists use exercises that bring about deep relaxation and an altered state of consciousness, also known as a trance. A person in a deeply focused state is unusually responsive to an idea or image. But this does not mean that a hypnotist can control the person's mind and free will. On the contrary, hypnosis can actually teach people how to master their own states of awareness. By doing so they can affect their own bodily functions and psychological responses.
Put simply, hypnotherapy is a method of speaking to the inner-most part of your mind - your subconscious - to eliminate old habits and behaviors and to generate new, beneficial behaviors.
Hypnotherapy has been successfully used by millions to lose weight, quit smoking, Control Pain, improve memory, become more successful and so much more. Hypnosis has also been used as a complete anesthesia, in both childbirth and surgery, that uses absolutely no chemicals, and so has no side-effects.