The role of hypnosis in healing is many faceted. Hypnosis is a trance state induced through focusing attention on any current internal or external sensory experience; hypnotherapy is the art of utilizing this state of absorption to facilitate inner change and physical healing.
People who have experienced guided visualization or other meditative states describe it as being similar to hypnosis in many ways.
Trance states can be accessed in a variety of ways, many of which occur spontaneously. Hypnotic trance is a normal, natural state that we move into and out of many times in our daily life.