A human life time, taking an average span of 70 years, starting from birth, takes one through different phases of growth, a development, ups and downs of emotional, physical and mental swings, until death intervenes. The last century was one of fast growth and inventions which made life more comfortable through innovative developments in science and technology, progress in medicine which brought better methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases, faster communication facilities, and higher living standards . But this fast development, while leading to material benefits to an average citizen raising the standard of living and physical comforts to levels unknown before, has also led to several problems which were not encountered or not considered serious earlier. The high profile jobs with huge pay packs have made life a continuous rat race, depleting the physical and mental energy of a person and increasing stress that leads to many physical and mental problems. Moreover the human mind is being conditioned in such a way that in the name of modernity we are getting addicted to certain life styles, dietary habits, and decretory and decretory activities that further increase the stress and related diseases. In the modern time of rapid industrialization and global changes in life style, mental stress is contributing significantly to health problems like cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, cancers, hypertension, diabetes, and kidney dysfunction, psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders. Even though the medical science has advanced several fold and new drugs are being discovered every day, and scientists trying hand no link every disease with a gene an effective remedy for many diseases like some cancers, certain infections. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are still far away. Modern medical approach to ailments is to treat the symptoms, viewing each problem as a disease of the body or of the mind. Even though the treatment may succeed in alleviating the symptoms and apparently restore normal condition, man a time it does not ensure the complete health of the person. This is because the treatment methods and meditation are generalized in terms of a disease symptom or a behavioral pattern, often ignoring the individual’s emotional psychological and spiritual perception attitudes, which play a prominent role in the treatment response. Therefore even though the patient in cured of the disease the illness persists. A holistic health approach has to take into consideration the body- mind relationship, as every disease has a physical and mental component. In many cases the physical disease may be a bodily reaction to some mental emotional problem and treating the body alone will not be able to completely remove the disease. Moreover medicines produce undesirable side effects, severally compromising the quality of life. Therefore people have started looking for alternative ways to treat chronic/recurring diseases. Music, yoga, breathing exercises, etc. Are being explored to improve health and treat some diseases. A holistic approach is hypnotherapy which makes uses of the body- mind relationship for healing.

 

 

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a method of treatment which uses hypnosis for facilitating the therapeutic effect of suggestions. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness or awareness, characterized by focused attention acute sensory perception, increased concentration, physical relaxation and hyper suggestibility. Our subconscious mind has a record of all the past experiences not accessible in our conscious state. The subconscious mind is accessed under hypnosis and the desired changes are brought about through suggestion given in that state. The advantage of hypnotherapy is that as the mind-body axis is activated the cure involves both and physical and no medication is used. Since the problem is tackled at its root, once the healing talks place, the effect is lasting. This method is found very useful in treating many physical and physiological and symptoms like pain, rashes asthma, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, psychological and psychiatric problems like depression, insomnia, phobias and fears, and also to stop harmful habits like alcoholism drug addiction and smoking. Back ground The earliest known use of hypnosis for healing is by the Shamans or tribal Medicine Men, even though the term hypnosis was not known then. Present day hypnotherapy can be traced back to Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer an 18th century Austrian physician . He believed that many objects contained a cosmic fluid with healing powers which could be transferred to human body to cure diseases. Initially he used magnets for the for the healing but later considered his own body as the source of this healing force which he called animal magnetism. Even though there was no evidence to support his theory he treated thousands of patients using this method which came to be known as mesmerism it was James Braid a British Surgeon who coined the word hypnosis ( from the word Greek Hypnos meaning sleep) in 1843 to describe a sleep like state exhibited by many of his patients. Several schools developed hypnosis for treatment and the method gained popularity Sigmund Freud The well known psychiatrist also used hypnosis in his early days of practice but later discarded it for psychotherapy . With the fast development of psychiatry in the first of the 20th century, hypnotherapy suffered a decline in popularity. However revival occurred in the 1950’s mainly due to the efforts of two American doctors. Dr. Milton Erickson and Dr. John Kappas, who contributed significantly to shape the present day hypnotherapy. The Hypnosis Motivation Institute, established by John Kappas in 1969, was the first authentic school of hypnotherapy in the USA. Principle of hypnotherapy The therapist induces a deep hypnosis where the conscious mind steps aside giving control to the subconscious mind which has tremendous powers. Under hypnosis our sensory faculties become more alert the hearing understanding and creative powers becoming keener and more acute . The healing is actually done by the person himself/herself, the therapist only helping in the process by appropriate verbal suggestions. A hypnotized person retains his/her control even though his/her suggestibility increases many fold and he he/she becomes more open to verbal suggestions. So he/ she visualizes or imagines as guides by the therapist through suggestions and these image become real to his/her mind. As an example may visualize the pain being wished away by the waves as he/ she stands on a beach and this becomes real to the person as a result, on being awakened she/he that the pain has disappeared and this feeling becomes reinforced when the same process is repeated in a couple of sessions. But some problems like depression may need more than simple suggestions and more number of sittings. What is done is positive changes are brought about in the perception regarding the problem in the mind of the patient. Once the mind accepts it, the change is incorporated and the old negative feeling /perception is replaced by the new positive one. As a result next time the person encounters the same or a similar problem his/her reaction is changed to a more positive one under the influence of the changed perception. Hypnosis produces deep relaxation releases tension and stress and promotes neuro secretions that control the moods in a positive way. Actual measurements in laboratories have shown that certain neurohumors like serotonin and nor-epinephrine (pleasure hormones) are enhanced during relaxation. General Procedure

A general hypnotic session can be divided into three parts:

1. Induction of hypnosis: Different methods are available for inducing hypnosis. Hypnosis can be induced by progressive relaxation through suggestions or using devises like pendulum etc. along with verbal suggestion.

2. Treatment/giving suggestions: Desired change is effected through suggestions given under deep hypnosis.Guided imagery(imagining that the changes suggested by the therapist are actually happening) is also being used. For example where improvement in performance (e.g. sports, facing interview, examination etc) is desired.

3. Bringing out of hypnosis: Afterwards the person is brought out of hypnosis. By appropriate suggestion. Most of the time, on waking up the person is able to remember everything that is said during the hypnotic state. Since hypnosis relaxes the body and mind he/ she will feel good and relaxed on waking up.

 

Background

The earliest known use of hypnosis  for healing is by the Sharmans or tribal medicine Men , even though the term ‘hypnosis’ was not known then. Present day hypnotherapy can be traced back to Dr Franz Anton Mesmer , an 18th century Austrian physician. He believed that many objects contained a ‘cosmic fluid’ with healing powers which could be transferred to human body to cure diseases. Initially he used magnets for the healing but later considered his own body as the source of this healing force, which he called ‘animal magnetism’. Though there was no evidence to support his theory he treated thousands of patients using this method, which came to be known as ‘mesmerism’ . It was James Brald , a British Surgeon , Who coined the word ‘hypnosis’(from the word Greek ‘hypnosis’ meaning ‘sleep’  )in 1843  to describe a sleep –like state exhibited by many of this patients . Several schools in the West developed hypnosis for treatment and the method gained popularity.

Sigmund Freud the well-known Psychiatrist also used hypnosis in his early days of practice, but later discarded it for psychotherapy .With the fast development of psychiatry in the first half of the 20thcentury, hypnotherapy suffered a decline in popularity.

However a revival occurred in the 1950,s mainly due to the efforts of two American doctors Dr Milton Ericson and Dr John Kappas , who contributed  significantly to shape the present day hypnotherapy . The Hypnosis Moltivation Institute, established by John Kappas in 1969, was the first authentic school of hypnotherapy in the USA.The earliest known use of hypnosis  for healing is by the Sharmans or tribal medicine Men , even though the term ‘hypnosis’ was not known then. Present day hypnotherapy can be traced back to Dr Franz Anton Mesmer , an 18th century Austrian physician. He believed that many objects contained a ‘cosmic fluid’ with healing powers which could be transferred to human body to cure diseases. Initially he used magnets for the healing but later considered his own body as the source of this healing force, which he called ‘animal magnetism’. Though there was no evidence to support his theory he treated thousands of patients using this method, which came to be known as ‘mesmerism’ . It was James Brald , a British Surgeon , Who coined the word ‘hypnosis’(from the word Greek ‘hypnosis’ meaning ‘sleep’  )in 1843  to describe a sleep –like state exhibited by many of this patients . Several schools in the West developed hypnosis for treatment and the method gained popularity.

Sigmund Freud the well-known Psychiatrist also used hypnosis in his early days of practice, but later discarded it for psychotherapy .With the fast development of psychiatry in the first half of the 20thcentury, hypnotherapy suffered a decline in popularity.

However a revival occurred in the 1950,s mainly due to the efforts of two American doctors Dr Milton Ericson and Dr John Kappas , who contributed  significantly to shape the present day hypnotherapy . The Hypnosis Moltivation Institute, established by John Kappas in 1969, was the first authentic school of hypnotherapy in the USA.