Hypnotherapy is the application of hypnotic techniques in such a way as to bring about therapeutic changes. An external influence (the Therapist) assists in activating the inner resources of a person (the Client) in order to achieve realistic goals.
During hypnosis the patient enters a relaxed state, in which respiration, heart and metabolic rates slow down and the conscious mind is bypassed, leaving the unconscious or subconscious mind open to suggestion. The use of trance states to facilitate healing dates back to ancient times. Modern hypnotherapy developed from Austrian physician Anton Mesmer's work on animal magnetism in the 1800's and work by psychologists and neurologists in the 1900's.
Hypnotherapy has been widely researched and proved successful in the treatment of many conditions including anxiety, phobias, addictions, weight problems, pain, insomnia and high blood pressure.
People often experience an irrational fear of a variety of insects, animals, objects or situations and hypnotherapy is particularly renowned for its effectiveness in assisting sufferers to overcome these inhibiting conditions.
Hypnotherapy can help people who suffer from a wide variety of distressing feelings such as panic attacks, anxiety, jealousy, guilt, anger or inadequacy.
People can find themselves in the grip of many habits that they seem unable to control, from something like nail-biting or smoking to more deep-seated compulsions. Hypnotherapy can help to remove habits with precision and without side effects.
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