“What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis has been defined as an effective way of making contact with our inner unconscious self; this has been practised over time by using a state of “trance”. For many people it comes as a surprise that a state of trance can occur during day to day life. In my essay I will be exploring the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis, how the role of relaxation plays a part and with the aim to describe what Hypnosis means.
There are many different beliefs and definitions of hypnosis, many perceive it as a state where you no longer have control of your own actions or body and where you will be made to perform acts that, had you been in control, you would not normally perform. Others define hypnosis as a method for treating a variety of medical and psychological problems.
“Hypnosis has been used to treat a variety of medical and psychological problems. It is estimated that 85% of people will respond at some level to clinical hypnotherapy. It may even succeed where other more conventional methods of treatment have not produced the desired result. When carried out by a trained and qualified hypnotherapist the benefits can be long lasting and often permanent. It is natural and safe, with no harmful side effects” (British Society of clinical Hypnosis, BSCH.ORG.UK 2014).
According to Michael Heap and Peter Naish (Hypnotherapy A hand book edited by Michael Heap second edition- Page 1) hypnosis is an interaction between the identified hypnotist and the subject. A hypnotic session requires a number of stages believed to consist of the preparation stage. This stage requires a good rapport between the hypnotist and the subject and for any questions to be answered about hypnosis or misconceptions that they may have of it put to rest. The second stage is called the Induction stage; this has been commonly described as the...