What Is Hypnosis

This essay will look at some of the development of hypnotherapy.   It will describe the physical aspects of hypnotherapy and by that we mean what can happen to the body during a hypnotic ‘trance’.   It will also explain the psychological aspects, again by that we mean the emotional responses of the body and mind.   How does it make us feel?
We begin our journey through the early stage of its development towards its evolution to where it tentatively stands today.   In doing so we will explore some of the myths, describe the psychological and physical aspects, discuss the subconscious and unconscious and hopefully reach a point of understanding.   We shall then follow this journey and pause to look at and discuss the role and technique of relaxation in Hypnotherapy.   Is the Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) a requirement of helping the client reaching a point of suggestibility or can it stand alone?
If we were to ask around the street, socially or at work what is Hypnosis what would their responses be?   It probably would be along the lines of ‘look into my eyes’ or of a well known TV personality.   It could be argued that that majority of the population either see it as entertainment or as some phony scam similar to the ‘snake oil man’ of the Americas.   Indeed when asked around at our place of work there was a majority with that attitude with a hint of ‘oh yeah’ and knowing looks.   However others opened up to either say they had tried it before or would like to.

Development of hypnosis
The intention of the Hypnotherapist as we call them now has always been seen as perhaps at best as part of a holistic or alternative medicine aligned with faith healing.   Authors such as Heaps and Nash (Michael Heaps 2012) and Karle and Boys (Hellmut W. A. Karle & Jennifer H. Boys. 2nd edition 2010) describe some subjects as more suggestible than others and having a belief that the therapy will work   makes the intervention more successful.   For example Josie Hadley &...