There is evidence that Hypnosis has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece. Hieroglyphics from the Tomb of Isis in ancient Egypt shows worshipers experiencing hypnotic sleep. The term used for hypnosis then was “curing sleep”. A priest or ruler placed people in this condition and illnesses were treated by suggestion.
During the 1700 and 1800s, many physicians experimented with the idea of hypnosis and suggestion therapy. The term “hypnosis” was first used by Dr James Braid, a Scottish physician who lived from 1795-1860.
Today, hypnosis has many uses. Medical doctors and dentists often use it to help patients control pain during procedures. Similarly Psychiatrists and Psychologists often use hypnosis to diagnose and treat many types of mental illness.
Hypnotherapy is a completely safe and natural therapy, widely recognised for its success in alleviating many issues such as
- Weight control
- Giving up smoking
- Sleep disorders
- Stress and anxiety attacks
- Confidence and performance issues
Hypnosis is defined as a relaxed state of heightened suggestibility, where you and your therapist can work together to achieve a change in attitude or behaviour. This relaxed state is similar to day dreaming or becoming engrossed in a great book, the important difference being that a professional therapist will guide you to maximise this state of mind to make the changes you want in your life.
What is a Hypnotic State?
The hypnotic state or trance is not a form of sleep, but rather a relaxed state of focus and concentration where you are in more control of your emotions, imagination and conscience. You hear everything that is said to you and you are completely aware of your environment. You can choose to stop and open your eyes at any time. Unlike what you may have seen on TV shows and in the movies, no one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. The suggestions and guidance will only work for you if you decide you want them to. The trance experience is thoroughly pleasant and often people report that they have not felt as peaceful or relaxed in a long time.