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What is hypnosis? Let’s start with Franz Anton Mesmer May 23rd, 1734-1815 who was a German physician who theorized that there was a natural energetic transference between, animated and inanimate objects which he called (animal magnetism) and other spiritual forces grouped together which he called (mesmerism).
Mesmer treated both individuals and groups of people to overcome many different problems both physical and psychological. With his patients, he used to create a focal point by staring into the patient’s eyes (creating a trance-like state which is in modern terms known as a hypnotic induction).
He would then move his hands across the patient’s shoulders and down the arms and press his fingers on the hypochondrium of the patient, holding them in position for many hours.
When working with groups of patients Mesmer put a vessel called a “baquet” in the middle of the floor which had holes punctured at the top of it which would correspond to how many patients were in attendance. From the holes, there were iron rods that were bent at right angles pointing outwards towards the part of the person’s body which needed to be healed.
From the iron rod, there was a rope that the patient would hold which was supposed to communicate with the vessel and then to the next person all the way around the vessel. This was a very early form of healing which was very quickly stopped by King Louis XVI who appointed four members of the Faculty of Medicine as commissioners to investigate animal magnetism as practiced by Mesmer.
The word hypnosis was proposed by Dr. James Braid (1799-1860) around 1841 who was a Scottish surgeon who studied Mesmer’s work. The word hypnosis derives from a technique from mesmerism after Dr. Braid attended an event on mesmerism by Swiss magnetizer Charles Lafontaine in Manchester.
Dr. Braid initially concluded that the phenomenon was a form of sleep and called it hypnosis after Hypnos the Greek god of sleep and master of dreams. The words hypnosis and hypnotism both came from the term neuro-hypnotism (nervous sleep).
In 1847 Dr. Braid realized that the phenomenon of catalepsy, anesthesia, and amnesia could be induced without sleep so he attempted to change the name to monoideism (a state of prolonged absorption in a single idea) but it was too late.
The term hypnosis was here to stay because it had already been adopted all over Europe.
Hypnosis has moved on a very long way since Dr. Braid and has become widely accepted in the medical profession as a very valuable natural alternative therapy, which has proven to be incredibly effective where modern medicine has been ineffective (especially for psychological disorders).
In modern-day times hypnosis can be used as a powerful tool by clinical hypnotherapists in Newcastle upon Tyne to access the subconscious part of the mind where they can use the skill of hypnotherapy for helping people with stopping smoking, losing weight, or overcoming fear and social phobias.
If you are looking to find hypnotherapy in Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, or County Durham for help with stop smoking or hypnosis for weight loss, contact Quays Clinic. Hypnotherapist Ian Smith is an Internationally respected hypnotist who is a certified instructor in self-hypnosis and hypnotherapy training.