Hypnosis is gaining popularity among people these days. There is a growth in the use and acceptance of Hypnosis as an alternative treatment. It is an effective way to break our bad habits and to change our negative feelings to positive ones. Hypnosis should not be confused with “deep sleep”. It is a state of deep relaxation that focuses attention and concentration. It goes beyond the conscious mind and enters the subconscious level. The subconscious mind will be receptive to the suggestions made by the Hypnotist.
During the Hypnosis session the people experience a heightened sense of awareness. This is a natural and normal state which we experience twice a day – before going to sleep and when you wake up. If you arrive at a particular destination but do not remember driving there, you have been in a natural hypnotic state of mind, which is called “highway hypnosis”
You could also be in state of Natural Hypnosis when you become so involved in reading a book or watching Television that you block everything out. You may be so engrossed in watching a movie that you may not hear the people who are talking to you. You are in a hypnotic state of mind if you are concentrating very intensely on something.
Hypnosis was used many years ago as a powerful healing tool. It was used as a healing treatment in ancient Egyptian sleep temples and the Temple of Aesculapius in Greece.
The Australian physician Franz Anton Mesmer reactivated this practice in 1700’s and Dr.James Braid included Hypnosis in the form of
Hypnoanesthesia in the Medical world.
Earlier Hypnosis was used to cure what we now term as posttraumatic stress disorders. It was uses as an effective treatment for post World War I, World War II and Korean War victims who were distraught and in a state of shock. Now the American Medical Association has accepted is as an effective form of treatment and has included Hypnosis training in the medical school curriculum.
The National Institute of Health approved Hypnosis as a complimentary and Alternative Medicine treatment and gives financial aid towards the research done on the subject. The benefits offered by Hypnosis are note worthy. Hypnosis has been successful in areas of pain management, weight management, stress management and also in the treatment of cancer. It is effective in achieving deep relaxation, reducing your fears and phobias, overcoming insomnia and increasing your energy levels.