The first fact to make crystal clear is that stage hypnotism and hypnotherapy are two completely different forms of hypnosis. Obviously, stage hypnotism is for entertainment purposes. There is no therapeutic benefit to it and it unfortunately has in a way influenced the perception of hypnotherapy. Participants are chosen according to their willingness to participate and also because of their level of suggestibility. If you have ever been to a Las Vegas style show, I must say that it is extremely entertaining! Those who are selected to continue with the show are also now under an added pressure to perform to an audience and will do almost anything to avoid embarrassment. They will follow the instructions given to them by the hypnotist regardless of whether they are under hypnosis or not. I will leave the rest to your own interpretation…
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Hypnosis or hypnotherapy, has its doubters, but it’s been an accepted form of medical treatment since the 1950’s. Every year, more and more people seek out our services in order to find a healthy way of controlling fears and negative behaviours. To achieve this, we help patients access their subconscious mind, something many of us do every day without realising it.
Contrary to popular belief, hypnotism is a natural state of mind. It’s not a form of sleep. Scientists have proven over and over again that patients remain wide awake while under hypnosis, and even retain complete control of their actions.
Franz Mesmer is usually credited with bringing hypnosis to the attention of the public sometime around 1770. The Austrian physician likely knew about the use of hypnosis by earlier societies, and spent much of his career studying hypnosis and its effects on the human mind. Interestingly, Mesmer referred to hypnosis as “animal magnetism” or “mesmerism,” and the latter of the two is sometimes still used today. (I bet you’re utterly mesmerized by this fact, right?). But some of the earliest recorded descriptions of hypnosis date back to ancient Egypt in 1500 B.C.
Imhotep, the world’s first known physician, used healing sanctuaries known as Sleep Temples. The temples were used for a type of suggestion therapy, and people would go to be healed from problems both physical and mental. It’s said that patients visiting a Sleep Temple would be put under the influence of incantation, or hypnotic state. Before ultimately falling asleep, the physician would give them whatever suggestions might help overcome their problem in hopes that the gods would visit the patient during his sleep and fix them.
Believe it or not, you likely enter an hypnotic state at least twice a day. Common examples include arriving at your destination without memory of driving there, zoning out while reading the page of a book, or becoming so engrossed in the television show that you barely realise that half a day has passed.
Various studies have found that hypnosis can be an effective tool for pain management. In fact, studies done using EEG have shown that hypnosis removes the emotional experience of pain, while still allowing one to experience the sensory sensation. The touch can be felt, but the actual feeling of pain isn’t recognised by the brain. More and more women are even going through prenatal hypnosis training as they prepare for natural childbirth.
The idea that one can become stuck in a hypnotic trance is a common misconception. In truth, people in an hypnotic state never lose control of their mind or body, and are able to come out of the hypnotic state as easily as opening their eyes.