Hypnosis has got itself a bad reputation. We've all seen stage shows where someone is pushed up onto the stage and, under hypnosis, does some crazy and embarrassing things. That is pure show biz. Stage hypnotists are trained to spot the suggestible people in an audience and that, coupled with the desire to conform and fit in, produces the show.

That has nothing at all to do with hypnotherapy and there are some myths that can be busted straight away

· You can not be hypnotized without your consent or awareness
· You do not lose control
· Hypnosis can not make you do something you do not want to do

Hypnotherapy is a very powerful tool that you can use for all sorts of things. The key thing about hypnosis is that you need to trust your therapist. Hypnosis can be thought of as a very deep stage of relaxation. It's a highly focused state, much like meditation or daydreaming. In this state it is much easier to bypass your critical conscious mind. If you do not trust your therapist a part of you will always resist.

A trained hypnotherapist can help you to easily achieve the goals you have set for yourself. We've all heard of hypnosis for weight loss, but it can be used for anything from stopping smoking to overcoming blushing, by making suggestions which go straight to your subconscious mind. That way they are more effective and powerful.

I can not understand why anyone would deprive themselves of the wonderful and powerful experience of relaxation, but if you feel that you do not want to trust someone else to put you into that state, then there are other options available to you.

If you want to succeed with hypnotherapy, then you will probably need to have several sessions. One session may work, but since you are often changing habits and routines set up over a lifetime it can take more than one session. That means cost may be a barrier. It can be expensive to keep seeing a hypnotherapist.

Fortunately there are no shortage of tools and resources you can use to perform self hypnosis at home. There are books, videos and articles available to teach you how to hypnotize yourself. Or you can buy pre-recorded hypnosis sessions for a fraction of the cost of a session with a professional hypnotherapist. The beauty of these is that you can use them every day, so even if you find it difficult to get into trance you will find it easier and easier every time. That way you have more chance of achieving results.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help you with everything from simple relaxation to extreme pain management (from childbirth to dental surgery). It needs a bit of a time commitment, but its easy to do and can be inexpensive. There are no side effects but it can give strong, long-lasting benefits.

So what are you waiting for?