What Is Hypnosis

What is Hypnosis?

Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy.

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“Hypnosis is a completely natural state that along with the input of a properly trained and confident therapist can create positive changes in a person’s mental, emotional and physical state…”1

Introduction

In a world where materialism has become the appetite for the ascending classes and where spiritualism, religious or otherwise, is declining in popularity, life affirming therapy can, for the large part, be found in child-friendly capped vessels. It seems far from imperceptible to suggest that the only life improvement being witnessed is the ever-healthy pharmaceutical company bank balance. GlaxoSmithKline have indecently issued a superlative of mission statements, (or marketing lines, depending on your perspective) one being that they are…

”… committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.” 2

In a modern world, in particular a western one, we require concrete fact. The benefit of any treatment or therapy needs to be measured by its presence. We have become so reliant, dependent on the bombastic attack of the senses, just like every other aspect of our sensory-glutinous lives. We can no longer be a part of a therapy that requires, patience and understanding, and the nature to appreciate it with subtlety.

Fast tracking therapy

It is interesting to note man coped with the psychological traumas of everyday life for tens of thousands of years before the inclusion of drugs. So how did our ancestors deal affectively with the stresses of human relations and existence for so long? Have we lost sight of the coping mechanisms, the tools that evolution have rewarded us with to best understand our psychological needs, or are we, as with so much in modern life, fast tracking therapy?

A History

Hypnosis has been therapeutic.