Webster Dictionary defines hypnosis as:
"an artificially induced state, characterized by heightened susceptibility to suggestion."
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is the science of relaxing the persons mind, emotions and body to such a degree, that the subconscious mind surfaces and becomes open to suggestion and imagery. The subconscious mind is very much like the invisible program that runs a computer. It is in charge of just about everything but is usually inaccessible except to those with special training and it is the hypnotist who has that training.
Furthermore, there are no side effects, no medications are used and there is no physical interaction - it is all within the power of the persons mind while in a quiet comfortable office without distraction.
"Hypnosis is the most potent nonpharmacological relaxing agent known to science." - Dr. Gerard Sunnen of the New York University School of Medicine.
What that means.
Simply that an experienced hypnotherapist will discuss the clients issue with them, gathering as much information as possible during the pre-talk. During the pre-talk the hypnotherapist will explain everything the client would like to know and answer all their questions. Only then will the session proceed. The hypnotist will use his/her professional training to help the client bypass their own conscious barriers that are preventing them from accomplishing their goal or perhaps impacting their health and access the sub-conscious mind which is where the answer lies.