Hypnosis has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, the ancient Greeks used hypnosis to treat anxiety and hysterical states. And the Druids called it the 'magic sleep' and used it to cure warts. But it was an Austrian physician, Anton Mesmer, who brought modern hypnotherapy to a wider audience in the mid 1800s.
Hypnosis works by inducing a trance like state in a person so that they become more relaxed and open to suggestion. It is then that a hypnotherapist implants mental healing suggestions. Hypnotherapy is a safe form of therapy (in the hands of a properly qualified practitioner) and is proven to work: one American study ‘The Healing Power’, published in the Nursing Times in 1990, detailed how hypnosis reduced the need for pain relief among patients suffering from shock. Hypnotherapy can also help treat:
- Weight problems
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