What is Hypnosis?
“What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy
Hypnosis has been around for many years in various forms. The earliest evidence refers back to the Shamans pre 1700’s. It has existed, and still exists in many cultures, with healing being the commonality between the various types of practises.
So what is Hypnosis? I will investigate the history behind this subject, developing an understanding of the different paths it has taken and why it has become a successful and recognised therapy.
What does Hypnosis actually mean? The Wikipedia Encyclopaedia advises
“The word hypnosis derives from the term neuro-hypnotism meaning nervous sleep coined by the Scottish surgeon James Braid around 1841, Braid described hypnotism as a state of physical relaxation accompanied and induced by mental concentration”
I will develop an insight into the mental and physical processes that occur when hypnosis is performed, and how this enables the so called ‘healing’ affect.
Why is relaxation a massive part of Hypnotherapy and what is the relevance? I will gather information on relaxation and gain awareness as to why this is a vital tool to hypnotherapy. Linking in the physical and psychological aspects of relaxation and what affect this has on gaining a hypnotic state.
The History of Hypnosis
The very first evidence of existence of hypnotic use was with the Shamans. However this use was very different to today’s practises. The Shamans themselves had a process they undertook to increase their concentration. The process would involve being in a calm environment and removing any distractions except rhythmic chanting and drums. From here they would access their “lower world”. This process enabled the Shamans to gain access to their unconscious mind, giving them the concentration and focus...