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History of Hypnosis
Historically hypnotherapy has been around for thousands of years, and derives its name from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. Hypnosis was originally discovered in India where it was used as an aid to good health. People of the time used to take their sick friends and relatives to ‘sleep temples’. It was in these temples people experienced a style of hypnotic induction inducing a sleep like state where they were cured by hypnotic suggestion. Hypnosis was also used, and accepted in Greece and Egypt at around the same time.
In modern times the uses for hypnosis are many and varied. Hypnosis is used in childbirth to reduce the severity of pain and time spent in labour, it is also used in pre and post-op surgery, and dentistry. Currently, there is much research carried out in the field of ‘hypnotherapy’ and ‘hypnosis’ in order to establish its effectiveness as ameans of intervention. It has been demonstrated, when hypnosis is included in the treatment process, the benefits are generally increased (Kirsch, Montgomery and Sapirstein, 1995; Lynn et al., 2000: Schoenberger 2000 in Yapko 2003: p9).
What does hypnosis feel like?
We hypnotise ourselves many times during the course of a day. Have your thoughts ever drifted during a car journey? This is a form of hypnosis called ‘highway hypnosis’. It happens sometimes when you take a trip in you car, and have no specific recall of some parts of the journey.
What happens in an instance like this, is you are relying on the learned knowledge of driving a car, and you have allowed your conscious mind to drift. This means the car is being driven on ‘auto pilot’. This is fine providing the traffic lights don’t change, or a person doesn’t walk out in front of you, because the part of your mind that stores learned things is just driving the car, nothing more. You need both parts of your mind to get yourself out of trouble if something unforeseen occurs.
So don’t forget, all of us at some time are subjects of self hypnosis. In reality there is no such thing as a hypnotised feeling, but there is a feeling of being more calm and relaxed.
How does hypnosis work?
The therapist talks to the part of the mind that does things automatically using clear, and easily understood phrases. For example, ‘What about this ….. – have you thought about that…..? It presents a new belief, a belief that you want, but can’t ask yourself. Hypnosis offers this state of deep relaxation where your mind can accept the suggestions offered that will help you most. This is no different to the kind of relationship you share with a doctor or dentist who suggests a treatment, and you trust him to do the right thing.
In fact, because you decide whether or not you want to experience hypnosis it can be said that, all hypnosis is self hypnosis, and you use it by accepting the new belief in place of the old.
What symptoms can be treated with hypnosis?
I have successfully treated many different symptoms and problems using hypnosis / cognitive processing and integration, and the relaxation achieved using hypnosis often help with the release of emotions which some times exacerbate the intensity of fears, phobias, anxiety and panic attacks.
During the no obligation free initial consultation we can discuss and agree on the type of therapy appropriate for your needs. For example suggestion hypnosis; usually takes one or two sessions with an occasional final booster, and can be used with issues such as:
- Weight Loss hypnosis
- Quit smoking hypnosis
- Fear of flying hypnosis
Relaxation therapy is beneficial when you are feeling a little stressed or anxious.