What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of mental, physical, and psychological relaxation. During hypnosis the conscious mind is relaxed with focused concentration, then the hypnotist works with the subconscious mind, that is non-analytical, doesn't make judgement, doesn't see the difference between reality or fantasy. That's why under hypnosis, the volunteer experiences whatever the hypnotist says. The only exception is if the suggestion is against the person's morals or ethics.
Who can be hypnotized?
Anyone who desires to be hypnotized, and WANTS to be hypnotized, CAN be hypnotized. Typically the person of normal or high intelligence are the best subjects. This is because they can follow and focus on what the hypnotist is asking of them. People of low intelligence, simply avoid or are easily distracted, and thus will not be hypnotized. Keep in mind, all hypnosis is self hypnosis, even when performed on stage. On stage, the hypnotist is merely the guide to help the volunteers focus and enter trance. Think of hypnosis as assisted meditation. Its safe, relaxing, and beneficial to people.
What to expect when hypnotized?
Because hypnosis is so familiar and people enter it many times a day, you can find it doesn't feel out of the ordinary, thus some will say they don't know if they were hypnotized, but followed and experienced the request of the hypnotist. Your body is very relaxed, but your mind will seem to be highly acute to everything that is going on (the sounds, activity, and scents in the room). Because of this, it sometimes gives the hypnotized person the impression nothing has happened, even though they react to the suggestions instantly.