Prior to my first class I had very little insight to how hypnosis works and what it is. I now know that hypnosis is a way of communicating with the subconscious mind and ultimately modifying certain unwanted or unnecessary aspects or characteristics. This would normally be conducted by a hypnotherapist, who would use relaxation techniques and suggestion to do so.
In this assignment I will look into the history, myths and misconceptions surrounding hypnosis. I will also look at brain waves and activity relating to hypnosis and its origin and of how relaxation is vital to this kind of therapy.
In my conclusion I will summarise my personal experience and use of hypnosis in the past few weeks.
History of hypnosis
Hypnosis can be traced back many hundreds even thousands of years in a variety of different forms using many different elements. There is evidence to suggest that from the Australian aborigines, to ancient Egyptian relics, a hypnotic trance like state has been used an on an individual or individuals; It was believed by the ancient Egyptians to be a way of consulting with the gods, they thought that in this particular state that the gods could communicate and subsequently pass messages through the en-tranced person.
Hypnosis has come a long way since the ancient Egyptians and has been used in a variety of ways using a range of techniques. Mesmer was one of the first few notable “hypnotherapists”, he believed that astrological forces had an influence on humans and their health via an invisible fluid. He had a theory about animal magnetism and in his studies and practice applied magnets to the bodies of his patients, believing that this would correct the flow of the fluid due to the laws of magnetism and ultimately this would heal the patient. Mesmer later went on to using his hands, at a distance, over his patient’s body as he concluded that it had the same effect. After reading about Mesmer’s theories and looking into other research on subjects such as...