Hypnosis is an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterised by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.
People experience hypnosis differently, some describing it as altered state of consciousness, others as a relaxed state of focused attention.
In Australia, it is highly regulated and practiced by members of the medical, dental and psychological profession. Most professionals who use hypnosis have completed the Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and are members of the Australian Society of Hypnosis. The diploma is recognised nationally and internationally through the International Society of Hypnosis.