There is a stigma that comes with hypnosis. Many people think of the magic shows where the hypnotist makes someone cluck like a chicken when they hear someone mention hypnosis. There us a huge difference between actual clinical hypnosis and the side show hypnosis. Clinical hypnosis is used to help people over come bad habits and even to help to cure some diseases. Hypnosis puts the person into a sleep like trance in which the hypnotherapist plants suggestions of healing and change. Hypnosis has been used to help cancer patients and it has been used to help people quit smoking too. Those are just a couple of the medical uses of hypnosis.
Along with helping people quit smoking, hypnosis has become a popular weight loss plan. Through weight loss hypnosis people are able to let go of their attachments to food. Because hypnosis can help people let go of addictions and feelings, it works well for drug addictions, alcoholism and more. It can also be used to help people get over past relationships. Hypnosis is also useful for people who suffer from anxiety issues and anger issues. Under hypnosis the hypnotherapist can uncover whatever it is that is causing these issues and help the patient let go.
Hypnosis has been around for ages. Although the type of hypnosis used today was discovered around the 18th century by Franz Anton Mesmer, some form of hypnotism has been in use since ancient Egyptian times. When going for an appointment with a hypnotherapist a person should be prepared to reveal some things they may not expect to talk to people about. Under hypnosis some deep thoughts and feelings can be released. Some people even go in for past life regression hypnotherapy, which is believed to reveal things that happened to people in past lives that they have lived. The hypnotherapist will possibly play some soothing instrumental music in the background. They will speak in a relaxing tone, using a form of guided meditation. This will put the patient in a relaxed state in which they almost appear to be asleep, but are still coherent and speaking.
Another myth about hypnosis, other than the clucking like a chicken, is the fact that after hypnosis a person remembers everything that happened during the session. The hypnotherapist will not and cannot erase memories. In fact, they may help dredge up some lost memories. Many people also find luck using hypnosis cds if they cannot actually get to a therapist.