Hypnosis is not about magic and on stage antics but it is a serious field that involves detailed procedures. In order to relieve stress, create new habits and eliminate bad habits, hypnosis cannot be a snap of the fingers, brainwashing procedure but must follow a disciplined and scientific approach to the brain. In true hypnosis, there is silence, peace, and a gradual relaxing of the conscious mind. Through a trained and certified hypnotherapist, one is able to reach a level of subconscious that is between sleep and awake. In this state, suggestions to the subconscious can begin to take root in the mind. Many professional organizations offer hypnotherapy courses and certifications for qualified health care professionals. There are some schools that offer online and distance education courses. Such programs generally provide video and audio training materials with frequent instructor contact. Other programs are offered in colleges and universities with students working directly with a qualified instructor. There are many education opportunities today to study hypnotherapy.