Theta waves were observed in the brain regions where the old memories, sensations and emotions are kept (relaksacja.pl, 2010). Hypnotic state can be divided into following stages: light hypnotic state (characterized by the relaxation), medium hypnotic state (people being hypnotised can not open the eyes but they do not loose the memory) and deep hypnotic state (hypnotised people can open the eyes, speak and walk during the
“What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. Introduction In this essay I will discuss the psychological and physical aspects of this state and then discuss the role of Relaxation within the practise of hypnotherapy. What is Hypnosis? The word Hypnosis comes from the Greek work Hypnos for sleep. A hypnotic state is in fact a naturally occurring state of mind.
Hypnotic-like inductions were used to place the individual in a sleep-like state. From researching on the internet, I found that The British Medical Association has called hypnosis ‘a temporary condition of altered attention in the subject that may be induced by another person’. (Compton’s Medical Encyclopaedia). The British Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis states ‘in therapy, hypnosis usually involves the person experiencing a sense of deep relaxation with their attention narrowed down, and focused on appropriate suggestions made by the therapist.’ A definition I found in the dictionary states that hypnosis is ‘an artificially induced trance state resembling sleep, characterised by heightened susceptibility to suggestion.’ I know that most of our brain’s activities occur unconsciously. Our brain would be exhausted if it had to remember to breathe every time the body needs oxygen.
Toni Harrison NEWCA1A 12 Module One Page 1 “What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. Introduction Over the years there have been many assumptions made regarding hypnosis. Beginning with shamanism, which is something I will discuss in the first part of this assignment, leading to modern hypnosis in the life and work of Franz Anton Mesmer. For some people these assumptions remain uncorrected, for others however, they gain a much deeper insight into the fascinating world of hypnosis. This includes the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and also the role of relaxation and its importance within hypnotherapy.
Relaxation techniques have been recorded being used since 2000 B.C. Aristotle is known to have identified the process of eye movement in REM sleep whilst studying resting and sleeping processes. Other combined physical/psychological therapies use similar methods including meditation, Yoga and massage. Relaxation is the most important technique for the process of hypnosis, “Wolpe wrote ‘Patients who cannot relax will not make progress by this method’” when he described hypnotic trance “’Those who cannot or will not be hypnotised but who can relax will make progress although apparently more slowly then when hypnosis is used’” (Heap & Dryden, 1991). Only when a person is fully relaxed can they be induced into a hypnotic state, and it is this hypnotic state we need to reach the unconscious mind, although the benefit of relaxation alone can bring relief to sufferers of stress conditions.
We have different likes and dislikes, come from different cultural backgrounds and will have been brought up in environments that have provided us with different outlooks, values and perspectives. As we learnt in the previous module, when we use hypnosis with a client we are working with the subconscious mind so in order to achieve the best chance to success we need to do our utmost to assist our clients to realise the most beneficial state possible. There are several techniques that we can employ that alter the language we use to suit the personality and individuality of the client and this is what we are going to be studying in this
If a client is very logical and analytical and quite direct and scientific in their views i.e. there are no grey areas in what they think, then they are much more likely to respond to an authoritarian type of screed where the client is not given choices, the screed is very to the point and they are based on the client staying in control. The therapist will use direct suggestions in the screed therefore these types of screeds are often very effective for habit changing behaviours. If a client is more creative and imaginative and a caring person then they are more like to respond to a permissive screed using indirect suggestion. It is also important to assess a client’s preferred modality in order to form a screed based around this.
“What is Hypnosis?” Describe the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis and discuss the role of relaxation in hypnotherapy. "He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens" ~ Carl Jung In this essay I shall try to describe what Hypnosis is, it’s physical and psychological aspects, and try to consider the role that relaxation plays in hypnotherapy. But perhaps before we look directly at what hypnosis is it might be worth considering what it is not and at the same time dispel some of the myths and fears that have grown up around it over time. In this way we may begin to look beyond the pendulum swinging pocket watch of popular fiction and towards the powerful and useful tool for positive change that many people
Hellmut W.A. Karle and Jennifer H. Boys explain hypnosis as “a tool with which we may influence many functions of the body, especially in terms of accessing and mobilizing the healing process.” (1) In order to look at the psychological and physical aspects of hypnosis it is important to understand that the body and mind are one organism. For example when a person experiences something psychological like
Acupuncture can be accessed in certain areas, on the NHS. Massage is accepted as a beneficial therapy. Although hypnotherapy is still subject to misconceptions and jocular remarks, the view of the general population seems to be a lot more open and happy to try it. I have been genuinely surprised by the number of friends and colleagues who, when hearing that I am studying the subject, have offered “you can practice on me”. All this is very positive for the future of hypnotherapy however I do believe it is vulnerable.