Hypnosis Research Paper

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"What is hypnosis?" Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. In order to address the essay title I will begin looking at what hypnosis is. I will look at a brief history of hypnosis and how it has developed through the years, now being recognised as a form of therapy. I will explain how people experience physical and psychological changes during their experience of hypnosis and how relaxation plays a key role. I will also address how, due to the physical and psychological changes, hypnosis can be used as a treatment for illnesses. Finally, I will conclude how relaxation is an important aspect of hypnosis and, without…show more content…
Firstly, the relaxation used in hypnosis makes alterations in involuntary muscles; this in turn takes the "edge" off of the pain being felt by the client. Secondly, hypnosis can cause a client to have a distorted view of the length of time that has passed. This compression of time makes the pain pass quicker for the client. Finally, the physical aspects that are changed in relaxation and hypnosis do not only deal with the pain directly, but also reduce the anxiety that accompanies it. As the anxiety is reduced, so is the feeling of pain. Along with elevating pain, hypnosis can also be used to boost the immune system, have an effect on the bodies’ nervous system and, as it can cause changes in skin temperature, it can also help to control bleeding in a client as it can dilate the blood vessels. Due to these physical changes that hypnosis can make to the senses and body, hypnosis can be used as an analgesia and anaesthesia, and in 1984 it was estimated that approximately 15,000 doctors, dentists, psychologists and other health care workers used hypnosis in their clinical practices, and hypnosis continues to gain recognition as a method of treatment. Hypnosis is a state of mind, and most people have all been in this state at some point. However, as a therapy, getting a client to this state uses a set of techniques. These techniques enhance concentration and flow through the different levels of consciousness, eventually, getting to a stage at which the clients’ sub-conscious mind is accessed, increasing their responsiveness to suggestion. By doing this the client can be empowered to make beneficial, positive changes, they may wish to achieve, in their thought patterns, behaviours or psychological state of
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