In hypnotherapy, a practitioner will induce a state of altered consciousness, in which the subject is relaxed – fully aware of the surroundings, as in a pleasant daydream – but open to suggestions, with an increased ability to respond to recommended thoughts and ideas.
Hypnotherapy is a useful therapy with which to release traumatic events of the past, and change the patterns of old established habits. Old ideas, learned in childhood, can lead to a low estimation of the self, which can manifest in actions and behaviours that are negative. A skilled and trained hypnotherapist can use this technique to help clients re-learn old thinking and replace it with positive and therapeutic concepts.
Altering the level of consciousness or trance-like states have long been a part of the healing tradition, in ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine, in India, Greece, North America and Africa, documented in China in 2600 BC, mentioned in Greek mythology, and written of in the Talmud, Hindi Vedas and the Bible.
In the 18th century the use of hypnosis was brought to public attention by an Austrian physician Franz Mesmer. He called it ‘mesmerism’ and tried to explain its effects by a theory about ‘cosmic fluid’ or life force and ‘animal magnetism’ that could be transferred from one human to another.  Though ridiculed by the medical profession of the day, hypnotherapy has become highly respectable as a practice that can be used alongside traditional medicine and conventional therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. A number of doctors and dentists are themselves trained in this practice, and hypnotherapy is widely available via the National Health Service.
Nobody is sure how hypnotherapy works: one theory is that the left left-side brain (the analytical half) is switched off during hypnotherapy, allowing the right-side (creative half) to take on board positive, healing thoughts and habits.
At your first session, the Hypnotherapist is will start with a discu-ssion about what you hope to achieve from hypnotherapy. The relationship between the hypnotherapist and the subject is considered of great importance, so you need to find one whom you feel you can trust and have a good rapport with. You may not even start hypnosis until the second session.
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