Hypnosis is one of the most misunderstood and perhaps controversial methods of psychological therapies, yet it has been used for over 100 years to help people with a wide variety of issues from low self-esteem and depression to fertility and childbirth. Hypnosis is a natural state of the mind in which you remain calm and your body becomes completely relaxed.
The form of hypnotherapy practised by most Victorian hypnotists, including James Braid, an English physician who studied the practice during the 19th century. James Braid is a major figure in the history of hypnotism, so much so that he is often regarded as the “Father of Hypnosis”. Indeed, it could be argued that hypnosis, as we know it today, didn’t exist before Braid. He removed hypnosis from the occult shadows of mesmerism, through his insights into the nature of trance and by coining the word “hypnosis” itself mainly employed direct suggestion of symptom removal, with some use of therapeutic relaxation. Since the late 18th century when Frans Anton Mesmer brought the use of hypnosis (mesmerism) as a therapeutic tool to the attention of the public, therapists have been using it as a powerful tool to help them with suggestion therapy. If we look back into ancient history, China and Egyptians Greeks, Romans, Indians, Chinese, Persians and Sumerians show extensive studies in hypnosis, altered states of consciousness and parapsychology. Hypnosis was considered as a cure for many physical and emotional ailments and disorders. and today, thanks to better research methods and technologies, science have brought mind-body medicine and hypnosis more into the public eye.
Hypnotherapy is a psychological therapy; it works with the mind to bring about
positive change. Through the power of suggestion, facilitates change and uncovers the subconscious reason for emotional disturbance by placing positive suggestions into your subconscious mind and you act upon them. For instance, you may be asked to focus your attention on your breathing or to imagine various things. During the induction, the therapist will speak in a particular way, and at a particular tempo, which is designed to gently slow down the brainwaves. This will help you to gradually drift into the pleasant state of hypnotic trance, in which you will experience feelings of relaxation and well-being. Making it possible to help with habits and conditions such as IBS, insomnia, overeating, smoking cessation or even the perception of pain. The critical faculty of the brain is turned off and the subconscious mind is listening that’s where their habits lie.
CBT-based Hypnotherapy combined with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used to improve the inner mind and mood, changing habits, thought behaviours and beliefs can also help the sufferer to regain their self-confidence and self-esteem, and alleviate any fears and phobias that have resulted from suffering using various techniques e.g. relaxation breathing exercises, meditation, or nature walks can also relieve the strain and improve sleep patterns and to develop better-coping skills for pain and other stressors.