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Hypnotherapy is therapy that is undertaken when a subject is under hypnosis. Subjects under hypnosis are typically much ‘suggestible’ or have ‘hyper-suggestibility’ meaning that while under hypnosis, they are more susceptible to suggestions. If someone is not hyper-suggestible, there is little point in referring to them as hypnotized.

Hypnosis is often used as a tool to help individuals with addictions, whether they be smoking, gambling or alcohol (to name a few). Hypnotists can aim to modify their patients behavior while under hypnosis, help improve attitudes, and help with anxiety, stress related illnesses, pain management and personal development.

Hypnosis is often used in state shows and street performances, as the hypnotist can have fairly extensive control over their subject, often triggering a humorous response from onlookers.

Mesmerism and hypnotism are sometimes quite synonymous, however, Anton Mesmer did not hypnotize his subjects, he said that trance and healing were the result of channeling a mysterious occult force called “animal magnetism”.

In 1892 the British Medical Association (BMA) commissioned an evaluation of the effects and nature of hypnotherapy, by a team of doctors, they reported that hypnotism is frequently effective in relieving pain, helping to aid sleep, and alleviating various psycho-somatic complaints.

Further research on hypnotherapy has tended to highlight three main areas where it’s treatment efficacy has been demonstrated:

1 Anxiety

2 Insomnia

3 Pain management

It is also used in many other applications but research has tended to focus on these main areas.