Hypnosis Has Been Used For Centuries
In one form or another, hypnosis has existed since the beginning of time. For example, animals that hibernate are practicing one type of hypnosis. They are practicing self-hypnosis by closing down their bodies while allowing their mind and physical being to renew.
Prior to the 1400’s, when a person was sick it was thought to be intentionally caused by the gods as punishment to mortal man. The healers of the time would have rituals that involved an altered state of mind, either in the sick person or the healer. Every ritual was different, but they typically involved natural remedies from the forest flora, fire, music and chanting. A common thread in these treatments is that the ill person would be trying to reach a mental place where the mind would take over the body. This would begin the process of body healing.
Hypnosis has been used for centuries as a treatment for pain relief that is both chronic and during operations. Today, as clinical Hypnotherapy moves forward its use expands beyond relief from pain and into more holistic uses. Repeated laboratory studies have shown hypnosis to be a valid and useful treatment with a recognizable effectiveness both as a primary & complementary application. It is a powerful treatment that can be used to help many common problems such as smoking addiction, overeating and other eating disorders, anxieties, phobias, and more. Treating these personal issues can help people live more meaningful and enjoyable lives.
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