What is Hypnotherapy? Is Hypnotism Safe?

Hypnotherapy History

The medical use of hypnotism has been documented  since the 18th century.  Hypnosis for health and wellness is termed “hypnotherapy.” 

What is the history of hypnotherapy?  Modern hypnotherapy became prevalent during the 18th Century. James Braid (19 June 1795 – 25 March 1860) was a Scottish surgeon and influential pioneer of hypnotism and hypnotherapy. Many consider him as the first genuine “hypnotherapist” and the “Father of Modern Hypnotism”.  The medical use of hypnosis to bring about healing of the emotions, mind, or body has been practiced for hundreds of years and in modern times is commonly referred to as “hypnotherapy.”

Hypnotism - Salpêtrière Hospital 1800s

Hypnotism demonstration at Salpêtrière Hospital 1800’s

How can hypnosis or hypnotherapy aid in healing?  Hypnosis is a safe, gentle, naturally occurring state of mind where one is more open and receptive to positive suggestions for change. We often find ourselves in a light hypnotic trance while we are focused on a movie or engrossed in a good book. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for self-improvement! Each of us often has the answers to our problems within our wise subconscious mind. Hypnosis creates a bridge from the Ego conscious mind to the subconscious. Your answers are then easily accessed and then incorporated into daily life.

Can a hypnotherapist make a person do something against their will?
I am often asked if people can be made to do anything against their will. The answer is no! Hypnotherapists cannot make you do anything that goes against your morals, beliefs, ethics or principles while in a hypnotic trance. Each hypnotherapy session is especially tailored for your unique personality and issues to be transmuted. Suggestions are not placed with out your prior consent and knowledge.

Why do people go to a hynotherapist?
There is an endless list of areas that can be addressed with hypnotherapy besides smoking and weight loss. Clients often wish to work on improving self-esteem, enhancing creativity, increasing intuition, improving sports performance, relieving insomnia, tapping into their spirituality, overcoming issues of codependency, or for healing past trauma. Past life regression is also very beneficial for releasing past trauma or learned behaviors.

Altertered ConsciousnessWhere do you go when you enter a hypnotic state?  A hypnotherapist often helps a person enter a “Sacred Space.” Entering your, “Sacred Space” is a valuable component of healing and shifting into higher levels of consciousness. In Sacred Space, you have the ability to connect with Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides, Angels, deceased loved ones, animal totem guides or your higher self.

What will a session feel like?  
Most hypnotherapists offer a safe, gentle, nurturing environment where you can easily create breakthroughs and realize your desires. During a session, you’ll most likely sit comfortably in a chair or lie down, fully aware of your surroundings and in total control. Most sessions begin with an informal chat, discussing the specific work to be done and then proceed with a guided relaxation infused with positive suggestions for change. Sessions are pleasantly relaxing and typically last about one hour. Clients report feeling happy, rested and refreshed following appointments.

Debbie San Paolo

This article was written by Deborah San Paolo. Deborah is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Conscious Channel, Medical Intuitive, Energy Practitioner and a Holistic Health and Wellness Educator and member of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance. The Alliance is a non-profit organization of like-minded individuals who are dedicated to providing free-access to health education of body, mind and spirit. If you would like to join our Alliance, or if you’d like to submit a wellness article for us to print here on our blog, Contact Us.