A lot of today’s Hypnotherapy concentrates on guided visualisation. There are a number of therapists with Master’s Degrees in Hypnotherapy where they studied long and hard about the history and theory of hypnosis and how to use it for guided visualisation. It is very comfortably relaxing to be taken on a stress free journey where various beautiful and wondrous scenery are described for your pleasure and where positive and healing affirmations are provided for your mind to consider.
Mind Control skills and techniques are used in True Hypnosis to render a client helpless with Hypnotic phenomena like arm catalepsy, eyelid lock, being stuck in a chair, to feel hot or cold and other such feats. Such skills are often used by stage Hypnotists for entertainment as the harder someone resists, the more helpless they become. There is no therapeutic value gained from Hypnotic phenomena used in True Hypnosis although, they do convince a client that you are in control and can do all kinds of stuff to them.
Competent understanding and use of hypnotic language patterns are used in True Hypnotherapy where the skill of the therapist is in the knowledge of how the language affects the mind and body. Skilled use of metaphor and analogy, deep understanding of how the mind and body works, and how most appropriately to use language and metaphor to generate change and healing are the traits of True Hypnotherapy. Although not always necessary, True Hypnotherapy makes use of the most appropriate skills of True Hypnosis and guided visualisation when it will be helpful in certain circumstances.
What is widely accepted as the earliest account of hypnosis is the practices of Anton Mesmer in the 1700s; we have all been or used the term “mesmerised” more than once in our lives! In the 1700s, Mesmer was able to get people into a deep trance state and then heal them by passing magnets over their body. Mesmer called the process, “Animal Magnetism.”
In 1840, a practising Mesmerist called James Braid first used the phrase Neuro-hypnosis to describe the fixated trance state and in 1843 he wrote a book entitled, “Neurypnology”
William James wrote the first book on psychology, “Principles of Psychology” in 1890. Amongst other things, the book described the human psychological state of trance or hypnosis or mesmerism (whichever one you prefer).
It is also said that Freud studied hypnosis and experimented with it for some years, but he never mastered it and failing in it himself, he then preached against it.
Clark Hull published a book in 1943 called “ Hypnosis and Suggestibility” and was joined in his early research by a psychiatrist, Dr Milton Erickson. Dr Milton Erickson went on to take hypnosis and hypnotherapy to a whole new level. His skill with hypnotic language patterns is known as, “The Milton Model”.
The popularity of hypnotherapy has increased over the last 20 years and is becoming more widely accepted in conventional medical circles. The scepticism and suspicion that has surrounded hypnotism for over 200 years is rapidly dwindling. As more and more doctors, surgeons, dentists, psychologists and psychiatrists are recognising the value and benefits of using trance to help and heal people.
Hypnotherapy is being used more widely now to ease peoples suffering, to heal psychologically and physically, to reduce or remove pain such as in childbirth and dentistry. It is used often for relaxation to cure the effects of tension and stress, and to help people quit unwanted habits and phobias of any kind, and to improve peoples lives with behaviour changes.
With the ever advancing knowledge of Quantum Physics as it displaces many of the Newtonian beliefs in what the mind and body really are, even science is beginning to prove the positive potential of hypnotherapy. I recommend you read, or listen on CD or tape to “The New Physics of Healing” by Deepak Chopra, you will be mesmerised!
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