How Hypnotherapy Can Help You

hypnotherapy is based on on the term hypnosis,which is derived from the Greek word hypnos meaning ‘sleep’. The word hypnosis was invented in the 19th century by a Scottish surgeon called James Braid who sometimes used the technique of mesmerism when he was performing operations. In India, James Esdaile used it as the only anaesthetic for many operations that he carried out. Both Braid and Esdaile were in complete contravention of the medical opinion of the time, since for over fifty years the theory and practice of mesmerism had been widely condemned.

Mesmerism originated with a Dr Franz Mesmer (1734-1815). Mesmer did a lot of research into the power and use of magnets. He became convinced that magnetism was the magic key that joined everything in the world. Mesmer believed that illness was caused when this force did not flow freely and that to cure ailments, the use of magnets was necessary in order to correct this flow. Franz Mesmer and his methods were popular until they were found not to work. In 1778 he was forced to move from Vienna to Paris. In Paris Mesmer found new popularity and success, where his clientele came more for the entertainment than for the cure. His patients were put into a trance by the combination of soft lighting and music as they held a container of iron filings and water. Mesmer maintained that they felt the effects of the magnetism whist he held a rod of iron. It is now thought that his strong personality, charisma and powers of suggestion were the main source of any cures, with his patients being ‘mesmerised’. The french medical profession found that there was no scientific basis for his work and his methods faded into obscurity.

It is only in recent times that hypnotherapy has regained some degree of popularity. Hypnotherapists view the trance as a condition in which the mind and body can be calm and serene. While in this state, alterations can be made which are not possible when the patient is still completely conscious. When in a trance the person can still function correctly and also carry out tasks, converse sensibly and carry out requests. Both physical and mental changes can be effected, such as the the reduction of pain, healing disorders and encouraging relaxation. At times a patient may have a problem that originates with an event that happened some time ago, such as in childhood. If this is the case and the patient can be helped to accept what has happened in the past through hypnotherapy, this can boost morale and confidence.

When using hypnotherapy, both the therapist and the patient need to work together to bring about a cure. There is a large number of disorders that have been treated with success. These include migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and skin disorders along with other problems caused by stress and anxiety. Illnesses known as hysterical illnesses are a common problem that hypnotherapists treat. These include phobias, insomnia and asthma.

Hypnotherapy often receives bad publicity. It is frequently associated with television shows and entertainment where people are sometimes made to look foolish when hypnotised. Not all hypnotists are charlatans as many now use their skills for therapeutic purposes. Even orthodox medicine now recognises the importance of hypnosis as an alternative treatment.

Hypnosis is not sleep. It is a condition where a person withdraws from the normal state of consciousness but has not reached the unconscious state. When in a hypnotic state, one remains, to some extent, aware and deeply absorbed but is also open to hypnotic suggestion.

Some people are easier to put under hypnotic suggestion than others. If hypnotism is to work effectively the patient needs to believe in its power. The therapist in turn has to act in a neutral manner with calmness and authority. The patient is encouraged to think relaxing thoughts and to concentrate upon a fixed object or something that is moving slowly. The patient gradually becomes totally focused on the picture that he or she sees in their mind and all outside thoughts and images disappear.

In this state of focused concentration the patient becomes suggestible. The therapist will suggest ways in which the patient can achieve certain goals and is able to encourage the patient to view any problem more positively; to realise what that they can achieve and to understand events in their past and how they might be likely to react in the future. It is not unusual for a patient to use hypnosis on themselves after their ailment or problem has been resolved. If further treatment is needed this will help them in the future.

Increasing numbers of the medical profession now use hypnosis to overcome the the pain of chronic headache, backaches, childbirth, cancer and more. Some psychologists use hypnosis to help patients overcome bad habits, anxiety, phobias and depression. Hypnotism is now more widely accepted by the medical profession. Family doctors will use it to treat a number of psychosomatic illnesses.

Andrew Tomkinson is an author of articles on various subject matters. These include health,animals and business opportunities.

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Hypnotherapy To Stop Smoking

In this article I am going to share with you some of the specific ways Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire can help you to stop smoking, for good. With the smoking ban fast approaching in the UK (July 1st 2007), many people are beginning to feel the social pressures to stop smoking. The benefits of stopping smoking are immeasurable. Without question you will be much healthier and perhaps more importantly free from the control you should have felt by being at the mercy of a horrible, smelly and expensive habit. Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire is a hypnotherapy practice based in Aldbury, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. At Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire, you are supported to give up smoking with ease and also quickly. What this means is there won’t be months of relying on expensive nicotine patches and other replacement therapies, which in my opinion, just keep the physical addiction going, longer then necessary.

When you make the decision to seek support from Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire to help you stop smoking, we take steps to ensure that you are given the best possible chance of quitting. One of the ways in which Hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire, does this is by assessing your motivation to stop. From experience, it is clear to us that you must want to stop smoking now and you must also want to do this for yourself. The therapist will help you identify whether this is the case. Clients who are not considered motivated enough will be advised to come back, when the time is right. That way you are not wasting money and we are not wasting out time!

At Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire, we use various different hypnotherapy techniques to assist our clients so that they are able to stop smoking. The techniques used depend on the unique needs of the client. Some of the techniques include:

Identifying and consolidating your reasons to stop smoking- At Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire, we have many facts and information about the negative effects of smoking on the mind and body. The hypnotherapist spends time with you, supporting you in applying this information to yourself and your life. The result is that perhaps for the first time, you can appreciate that harm from smoking, is not something that happens to other people. At this stage in the session you will begin to will feel the strong desire to move away from smoking forever.

Identifying the benefits and positive rewards of stopping smoking – its not all doom and gloom! It is also very important to begin focusing on what you will gain by stopping smoking and how your life will improve massively for the better. The therapist will also spend time with you, discussing and exploring the positive impact quitting smoking and remaining a non-smoker will have on your life. You will also be guided to set goals for the future. These will focus on things you wouldn’t have been able to do as a non-smoker. You will be amazed at the new options you have for relaxing, becoming more healthy, going to new places and of course spending all that extra money you will save by stopping smoking.

Hypnosis with positive suggestion. Of course, part of your stopping smoking treatment at Hypnotherapy Herts will involve you getting to sit back and relax whilst your unconscious mind does the learning! During this process you will be guided to a deep state of relaxation, whilst the therapist also directs your unconscious mind with suggestions and metaphors to stop smoking. You will also be supported to develop positive coping strategies. Acknowledge that your smoking habit has served a purpose in the past, in that it has likely been a method for coping. Hypnotherapy and NLP techniques (neuro linguistic programming) will enable you to develop positive coping strategies that serve you in the present and future. One of the new positive coping strategies could be learning to use an anchor. If the therapist feels that you would benefit from having an anchor created, this will also be part of the stop smoking treatment session at Hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire. An anchor, is basically a positive resource of emotions that you can fire off, when you need extra emotional strength to cope.

There are also several formal change techniques, which are effective for helping you to stop smoking. The most appropriate technique will depend on your unique problem. At Hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire, these techniques are used if required. Examples include: The Swish Technique which can be used if you wish to replace a highly contextualised problem behaviour with a more positive behaviour. It works to eliminate behaviours that occur in specific situations after specific triggers. 2) Parts Integration is very useful at uncovering the positive intention of your smoking habit and dealing with incongruent behaviour and feelings. 3) Like To Dislike – This technique is based on information about how we code memories in our brain. We tend to code things we like in a different way to things we don’t like. So, its possible to recode your memory of smoking into something that you find disgusting.

Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire provides a free consultation to those who make the decision to use Hypnotherapy Hertfordshire to stop smoking. In addition, free support for the next six months is provided. This means that at any time within six months you should you start smoking again, we will work for free to get you to quit smoking again. Hypnotherapy, Hertfordshire works on the basis that it is possible to have you stop smoking in one session. This is because we deal with all that aspects of your habit in this session, so that you leave a non-smoker and are done with that old habit.

Karen Hastings is an Occupational Therapist, Master NLP practitioner and Hypnotherapist. Karen practices in Aldbury, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Karen also offers home-visits throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Visit for more information

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