A Brief History Of The
Practice Of Hypnotherapy
A Brief History Of The Practice Of Hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is a type of alternative treatment that many
people swear by in that it helps them to overcome problems that
they may be having. In this article, well examine the history
of the use of hypnotism for medical treatment in order to
increase your knowledge about where the practice came from and
where it is going.
While not considered hypnotherapy per se, individuals in
ancient Greece and Rome often had mysterious religions that
invoked the use of some of the same techniques as modern day
A man named Franz Anton Mesmer wrote in the early 1900s
about a process known as mesmerism. While it was not
hypnotherapy as we know it today, it focused on animal
magnetism and unconscious forces that guide behavior.
Hypnotism was pioneered in the 1840s by a man named James
Braid. He was a physician from Scotland who discovered that
psychological mechanisms could be altered through the use of
hypnosis and hoped to work towards a working knowledge of how
hypnosis can help an individual to overcome their problems.
One famous man who found that hypnotherapy could be helpful
to his daily work was the father of psychoanalysis, Dr. Sigmund
Freud. He touted the benefits of hypnotherapy for years,
translating hypnotherapy texts into German when he had the
He eventually abandoned hypnotherapy in the pursuits of his
free association technique that he became famous for. Hypnotism
was then further brought into the public eye by a man named
His assistant Emile Coue eventually pioneered a type of
hypnotherapy known as conscious autosuggestion which followed
many of the same concepts that were brought forth in
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Progressive Relaxation With Hypnosis
Soft music might be played in the background if both the subject and the hypnotist agree to it. In soft yet firm voice, the hypnotist starts by getting the subject to focus attention on each of the major muscle groups, starting with their feet and working their way up.
The subject should be asked to tense the muscles, hold for a count of three, and then relax, working their way from the feet up the calves, knees, thighs, etc. After every few muscle groups, the hypnotist should remind the subject to remain in that relaxed state, by reiterating the groups that have already been relaxed.
During the 1960s, a resurgence in hypnotherapy was brought
forth by a man by the name of Milton H. Erickson. He worked to
advance the public knowledge of hypnotherapy, writing several
different texts regarding the practice. He laid down the
foundations for what would become known as Ericksonian
hypnotherapy, a procedure that employed novel techniques when
it came to hypnotherapy.
The theories that he laid down would eventually become the
foundations of a science known as neuro-linguistic programming
which is now largely studied by those in business and other
fields of influence.
What youve just read describes some of the individuals that
have been helpful when it comes to advancing human
knowledge of hypnotherapy. Numerous studies have been
conducted in order to discover whether or not the benefits
that hypnotherapy offer are indeed a sufficient means for
overcoming problems, and they have shown that there is
indeed unique benefit offered by hypnotherapy.
Hypnotism can enhance a meditation
experience and can even help a person
achieve a deep state of meditation more
If you are experiencing some sort of problem in your life
that relates to the way that your mind processes things,
you may want to consider hypnotherapy as an option to help
you to get rid of the problem. We continue to learn more
and more about hypnotherapy by the day. It can only become
more of a useful practice in the years to come, and the
more people who know about it and its history, the better.