Release the Fear Virus

Start today and let it go!

Hi, in previous post I said I was going to create a special hypnosis audio to help with some of the anxiety that being generated over the virus. If you want to learn more click Release the fear of the virus.

There is so much fear and anxiety at the moment probably not seen since the last world war. its been just over 100 years since humanity has seen anything like this.

Release the fear Virus

Fear of the virus, fear for our loved ones and then still trying to pay the bills and put food on the table.

Its a balance which countries are struggling with, the good of the individual compared to the country, and many mistakes have been made.

As individual we need to look after our own mental health first so we are are stronger not just for ourselves but for our families and loved ones. Then the larger community .

The hypnosis audio covers multiply topics which people have spoken to me directly about. here are are a few,


Fear of not being able to pay mortgage
Worrying about the future of your family
Worrying about coping with stress and anxiety
Fear of no money to pay bills or buy food long term
Fear of economy not getting back to normal
Fear of passing it on to elderly or sick
Fear of tensions and fighting at home
Fear of losing friends and family
Feeling isolated

If you can identify with any of those feelings check out this link, Release the fear of the virus, it explains everything in detail.

We all have difficulties, and if you are struggling you are not alone. Worrying for our futures and that of our children, paying bills and staying healthy. Unfortunately these stresses will cause a lot of suffering, remember to stay mentally strong, talk to loved ones and if you need help, look for it.

Either way, stay safe and stay strong, this too shall pass!

Self-Esteem with Self-Hypnosis

How to Build Your Self-Esteem with Self-Hypnosis

If you have read some of my other post you may have heard me say before that at times its not about finding something but it’s about getting rid of the negative images and films that we call memory. If it’s a bad memory what will happen if we do it again? Will it be dangerous, will we look foolish and what will other people think? In other words, judgment.

There is no point looking for inner peace anywhere else except within yourself. You do not need to travel and pay someone a fortune all you need to do is change the negative into positive. Imagine having happy thoughts on a constant basis, would you be happy? And being happy is what we really want.

If you have any questions about Self-Esteem or what Hypnosis is please call for more information or see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

A social phobia is a fear of interacting with others on a social level. Examples would be talking in front of other people, waiting in line at the checkout imagining others are looking at you, or even fear of talking on the phone.

Self-confidence is a feeling that allows people to have positive, yet realistic views of themselves and their circumstances. Self-confident people have confidence in their own abilities, have a general sense of control over their lives, and believe that, within reason, they will be able to do what they want and need to do.

Confidence is a perspective that is accomplished through experiences. When a person experiences success, that person will tend to expect to be successful. And that very expectation will cause a feeling of self-confidence.

Imagine A young lady who is scared to death of being in high places wants to learn to dive into a swimming pool from an extremely high diving board. So, she finds a diving coach who asks her to take a jump into the pool from the first rung of the ladder going up to the high diving board. The first step of the ladder is not awfully high, so the young lady feels confident, and she dives from that rung, and lands in the water unharmed.

Next, the athletic coach has her take a jump from the second rung of the ladder, and so forth. I assume that you see what’s going on here. With each new step she takes as she climbs higher up the ladder, since the girl was able to jump without fear or harm, and the next higher step is only slightly higher than the last, the fear factor is negligible, and the girl expects to be successful. When she dives in and is unhurt, the girl’s self-confidence increases, and her expectation of success on the next step up the ladder increases.

If a person who has a long history of success and feelings of confidence does fail, they still tend to expect success the next time out. Conversely, when a person who is weak in the self-confidence department fails, they tend to lose confidence, and expect failure, which can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Having true self-confidence doesn’t mean that individuals will be able to do everything. People, who have true self-confidence, usually have expectations that are practical. Even when some of their expectations are not met, they continue to be confident and to accept themselves.

People, who are not self-confident, tend to depend excessively on the approval of others in order to feel self-confidence. They usually don’t take risks because of the fear of failure. They make light of themselves and tend to discount compliments that they receive.

Conversely, confident people are willing to risk the disapproval of others because they generally have confidence in their own prowess. They acknowledge themselves; and they don’t feel they have to conform in order to be admired.

Just because one feels self-confidence in one or more parts of their life, doesn’t mean that they will feel overconfident in every single part of their life. For example, a person might feel optimistic about their athletic prowess, but not feel confident as far as members of the opposite sex are involved, such as in a dating situation, or social relationships.

So how is Self-confidence developed Initially?

Many powerful and effective truths have an impact on the development of self-confidence. Parents’ attitudes are critical to the way children think about themselves, especially in their early years. When parents provide admiration, children receive a solid foundation for self-esteem.

If one or both parents are excessively demanding or critical, or if they are overprotective and discourage moves toward independence, children may be fated to believe they are incapable, inadequate, or inferior.

However, if parents encourage a child’s moves toward self-reliance, and they are not overly critical when the child makes mistakes, the child will learn to accept herself, and will be on the way to developing self-confidence.

A lack of confidence is not necessarily related to a lack of ability. A lack of self-confidence is often the result of centering much too strongly on the ridiculous expectancy of other people, friends and parents. The control of peers can be more powerful than that of parents in shaping the feelings about one’s self.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

Overcoming Fear of Flying with Hypnosis

Quick way to beat my fear of flying

While I see clients all year round with a fear of flying i see a big jump coming up to the summer holidays. this is normal as more people fly at that time of year, well at least where I’m from. In Ireland there is no need for internal flights, so summertime is the peak time.

While some fears of flying may start after some sort of accident in the air, the vast majority of the ones I’ve seen come from something else. Some people are claustrophobic, the idea of been stuck with no way out is terrifying. Some people are or feel they are forced into going on a holiday with friends and family and feel trapped with no way out.

Claustrophobia, social anxiety and you have seen so many flights crash on the media which is a visual repetition and authority proof of what can happen. Plus, on top of that each case can be slightly different but a feeling of being trapped, powerless, out of your control will play a part.

In hypnosis we find the problem, reframe it, change it or give it a different meaning while including positive affirmations. What this does is change the feeling associated with flying. Basically, when you think of flying a different feeling is present, so your experience of flying is different.

Fear of flying is a phobia that keeps people from getting onto airplanes and heading where they need to be. It is something that can afflict a person for many years and usually there is no rhyme or reason to why it impacts a certain person. It is simply a mental block that keeps people from rationally thinking about flying in an airplane.

This can be a particularly devastating problem for people who are in business, as flying across the world has become a very important part of the business landscape. Maybe you need to head across the ocean to close a business deal. Maybe you must travel a long distance to see a sick family member. Whatever the case may be, it is always nice to have the option of flying.

Fear of flying is a common thing. In fact, many people suffer from anxiety when it comes to flying in an airplane. The problem occurs when that bit of anxiety turns into a lot of anxiety and you can no longer function while flying in an airplane.

At that point, fear can occur when a person goes to get on a plane, or it might even cause them to stay home. This is something that can be fixed, but it takes some mental conditioning. It takes a change in thinking in order to achieve the goal of chasing away the fear of flying.

A complete change in mindset about flying and airplanes is something that can be achieved through hypnosis. As a practicing hypnotherapist, I have seen my share of people overcome different mentally based problems. Things like smoking, alcoholism, and gambling addiction can be cured with hypnosis and so can a fear of flying.

Many people think that hypnotherapy is simply something you see out on a stage in Las Vegas. This is short-changing the process a whole lot. Though it might seem like magic, hypnosis is a treatment that enables people to calm down and let good thoughts replace those ill thoughts. You would be surprised with the number of things that hypnosis can cure.

If you are struggling with fear of flying and you see no other solution to cure this fear, then consider hypnosis.

If you have any questions about your fear of flying or what Hypnosis is please call for more information or see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

A brief overview of hypnosis

What exactly is Hypnosis

When i speak to clients for the first time i need to explain to them what hypnosis is and what it’s not. Some people believe I can click my fingers and take control of their minds because what they have seen on television. When others believe it works on the slow of mind which when you think about it what does that say about their own self-belief.

If you drive a car, do you repeat the same journey again and again? If so, have you ever become aware you weren’t consciously aware or the last 5 mins or more of travel? You weren’t distracted or driving dangerously, you did what was needed to be done. That state is similar to the standard hypnotic trance. Hypnosis is 100% safe as i can’t make you do something you wouldn’t already do. when we give you suggestions, they are something you want and like but we are working with the subconscious mind.

Hypnosis is state of mind where an individual is subjected to controlled thoughts and behaviour. Hypnosis involves two persons – the persons being treated to experiment is called subject while the one conducting the experiment is called hypnotist.

Hypnotist takes the subject into the mental state, often termed hypnotized, and tries to get response from her. Hypnosis is possibly one of the most debated disciplines in the world. There are so many theories associated with this stream of studies. The basic debate hovers around the state aspect – one school of thoughts suggests that hypnosis is a state of mind while the other school asserts it to be a non-state.

Practitioners of state theory suggest that the mind can be transformed into an altered setting. In other words, mind of the subject can be taken to another plane and controlled by the practitioner. Those from non-state theory claim that hypnosis as a phenomenon can be observed as a culmination of focus or attention and doesn’t necessarily lead to transformation of mind to another state. However, it is enough for us to know that hypnosis is a process of induction and observing effects of the same.

There are many myths and misconceptions associated with hypnosis. Some people opine that hypnosis cannot be affected on persons with strong will power. Champions of hypnosis feel otherwise – they claim that people with strong will power make up good subjects. This can be attributed to their higher level of intelligence.

Lot of research has been done on hypnosis. This research on a scientific basis stems from Psychological research. Hypnosis is often treated as a part of peripherals of psychology. Scientists have been trying to find the most ideal way of hypnotizing a person.

Some have been successfully doing it with words, some others with the help of triggers like clock or a pendulum.
Hypnosis is finding its way in many applications to treat patients. Hypnotherapy is one such discipline. Some practitioners use this technique to solve psychological disorders of the patients. Clinical hypnosis is another application area of hypnosis.

According to practitioners of clinical hypnosis, physical as well as mental illnesses can be treated and cured with the help of clinical hypnosis. Mass hypnosis is used for prayers or magic shows. Hypnosis applied to forensic science is called forensic hypnosis. It is not only employed in the procedures, but also accepted in the legal perspective.

If you have any questions about What exactly is Hypnosis is please call for more information or see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

How can Hypnosis reduce Pain?

Hypnosis is effective in Reducing and Eliminating Pain

Hypnosis can be very effective in reducing pain, from headaches to backpain. It has been used for trauma for short periods but if you have an injury pain is often a signal to protect you. Most of the clients that have come to me suffer from pain where no cause can be found or lower back pain.

One client had two boxes in her stomach sending signals in an attempt to disrupt the pain signal being sent along the nerve. Another client had damaged his hand decades ago and with age the pain was increasing. As you can see pain can come from anywhere and for some, they believe they just have to live with the pain. But that may not be the case at all as hypnosis has a really good record reducing or removing pain.

Pain is a subject that touches everyone. After all, it is a human condition from which we all suffer at one time or another. There are headaches, dental procedures, sports injuries, broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, and psychosomatic pain.

Research shows that 75% to 80% of all adults will experience lower back pain at some time in their lives. Approximately 40 million Americans suffer from arthritis pain and as many as 45 million suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. There are thousands of people every year who suffer the agony of surgical interventions and thousands more who endure the pain of debilitating or terminal illnesses.

All of this pain falls into two basic categories: acute pain, which is of short duration and chronic pain, which continues for weeks, months or years. Most people respond to pain – whether acute or chronic – by taking drugs of some kind. But drugs are often a temporary solution. What few people realize is that the ancient art of hypnosis offers a safe, effective alternative for reducing sensitivity to pain.

Hypnosis has been shown effective in the management of various types of pain. Besides providing an effective solution for maladies such as headaches and acute injuries, hypnosis offers a unique solution for those suffering from chronic conditions like back pain and arthritis as well as intermediate and advanced stages of cancer. Studies show that patients with chronic diseases require fewer painkillers to achieve pain relief when they practice hypnosis. These same patients exhibit fewer signs of anxiety and experience greater comfort during medical procedures.

Hypnosis also has been shown to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients. The most effective approach for acute pain appears to be the use of hypnotic suggestions focusing on anxiety reduction and minimizing the importance of the pain. For chronic pain, it is more effective to confront the pain directly under hypnosis, dealing with both the pain’s physical and psychological effects.

Unlike medications, hypnosis does not become less effective with use and does not require stronger and stronger doses to cope with pain. While patients may have to ingest costly medications several times a day for years, they have the potential for reducing or eliminating their pain in just a few hypnotic sessions for significantly less cost.

Does hypnosis always work? In the area of pain control, everyone can be helped to SOME degree. There are essentially five categories into which subjects fall:

Those who find total and permanent relief.
Those that have a decrease in the severity of pain.
Those who experience pain relief initially, but who need occasional reinforcement.
Those that experience intermittent relief.
Those that still have pain but feel 10-30% less pain than before.

What accounts for these differences in relief? The answer appears to be the patient’s susceptibility to hypnosis – the level of relaxation reached during the hypnotic sessions. The deeper the relaxation, the more effective the pain reduction.

Certainly, no treatment for pain whether chemical, physical or psychological is effective all the time. However, hypnosis has shown repeatedly that it can help people reduce or eliminate both acute and chronic pain. Best of all, it works its magic without any side effects. As a safe, effective alternative for reducing sensitivity to pain, hypnosis is second to none.

If you have any questions about whether Hypnosis could work in reducing your pain please call for more information or see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

Can you Cure Phobias with Hypnosis?

Yes, you can cure Phobias with Hypnosis

After anxiety and depression phobias would be the next common problem clients come to me with. There are far too many phobias to list, some overlapping symptoms, some seeming the same and others still in question.

It doesn’t matter what their called, what matters is how they are affecting you and where the problem is coming from. Many clients come to me and say they know exactly where the problem is coming from but what they remember is the first time the phobia caused them a problem.

Most phobias come down to a feeling of lack of control and for most of us that feeling goes back a long way. Think about your phobia, do you feel in control?

A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear of a certain object or situation. There are several different forms of a phobia. A phobia can be a fear of something specific such as flying or a social phobia which causes an individual to feel anxiety about a social situation. Examples of a specific phobia may involve a fear of small animals, closed in spaces and snakes. Social phobias would be a fear of giving a speech, talking to the boss or meeting new people.

It is estimated that over five percent of the population has one or more clinically diagnosed phobias. A phobia usually begins in childhood and continues into adulthood. Some phobias, if left untreated, can debilitate a person. For example, someone with agoraphobia, a fear of the outside world, is unable to leave their house. It is important to deal with a phobia head on in order to rid yourself of your fear. Hypnosis is a proven method to cure phobias.

Hypnosis is a process that introduces positive suggestions into the subconscious mind of an individual. A deep state of relation is induced in which the subconscious mind is the most receptive to new perspectives and ideas. As the positive perspectives and ideas are introduced the client, undergoing hypnosis, will receive motivational encouragement, confidence building statements and a direct plan for curing a phobia.

The new ideas that are introduced into the subconscious mind cause a person to form healthier beliefs, values and habitual thinking patterns. An individual no longer has to live with their phobia. A phobia takes control of a person’s life. Regain the control back by using hypnosis to cure phobias.

An individual who has undergone hypnosis will experience other additional health benefits. Clients have found that hypnosis calms the nerves, the mind and the entire body. Hypnosis releases stress and alleviates anxiety. The positive ideas and perspectives that an individual receives build self-esteem and boost confidence. Hypnosis has a positive effect on every aspect of a person’s life. This is a safe, gentle and positive process that can be used by both teenagers and adults.

Stop living in fear. Hypnosis has the power to cure your phobia. If you want to rid yourself of your phobia then I recommend, as a practicing hypnotherapist, that you visit with a qualified hypnotherapist located in your area. Hypnosis can lead to a happier and healthier existence that is phobia free.

If you have any questions about your phobia or Hypnosis please call for more information or see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

Building Confidence with Hypnosis

Increase Confidence using Hypnosis

Think of something that you do well, it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you do it well. If your left along you can perform quit well and at ease. Now what happens if someone is watching you, seeing how well you are doing? Do you feel like you’re being judged? Does the task become more difficult, maybe you can feel anger rise?

For most if not all its not about getting confidence but getting rid of the opposite belief that is holding you back. It could be fear of rejection, fear of being judged, fear of failure or fear of success. In hypnosis we do work on adding in positive suggestions but by also removing the old negative ones.

Confidence is when an individual feels self-assured and has very real belief in their mental and physical capabilities. As you might imagine, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and world class athletes are the types of individuals who have higher than average confidence and self-esteem. Their confidence in themselves unlocks the door to significant success and achievement.

For the rest of us, confidence is a critical facet in enjoying success in work, in relationships and generally in life. A confident person will not be afraid to show interest in a special someone or will not be afraid to take a life-changing risk in order to accomplish their hopes and dreams. Confidence can be thought of as a means of power.

But many of us are plagued by having a low level of confidence. Sufferers of a lack of confidence may feel that their work is not good enough or that they are not smart enough or attractive. These negative thoughts can stop someone right in their tracks. A lack of confidence can lead to a roadblock that stops an individual from living the life they always dreamed about.

Start building confidence today through hypnosis. Hypnosis is a proven method that can help an individual build confidence. Hypnosis works on a subconscious level of the mind. The subconscious mind stores over four-hundred million pieces of information that affect our personal attitudes, beliefs, values and thinking.

When an individual is placed into a deep state of relaxation the subconscious mind is highly receptive to new perspectives or ideas. Positive suggestions, confidence-building statements, motivation and a direct plan to build confidence are received by the subconscious mind.

An individual while undergoing hypnosis will form positive thinking and behavior patterns that help to build confidence. Hypnosis is an amazing experience that has many rewarding benefits. Hypnosis is a calming process that alleviates stress and anxiety while relaxing the whole body. The process of hypnosis is safe, gentle and positive. People of all ages can benefit from hypnosis.

If you desire to build your level of confidence then, as a practicing hypnotherapist, I recommend that you seek out the services of an experienced hypnotherapist in your area. Hypnosis is a positive experience that will enable you to lead a more confident, happier and healthier life. Take hold of your life through hypnosis.

If you have any questions please call or for more information on hypnosis see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

Anger Management with Hypnosis

Can you use Hypnosis to get rid of Anger?

We use hypnosis to deal with anger management issues all the time. Sometimes the cause of the problem is buried but with regression therapy we can find the cause and reframe it. In other words the emotion associated with the memory is different so even though the situation is the same you feel different in it.

As a human being, you are provided with a means to show how you feel by displaying emotion. Aside from elation, fear and sadness, anger is an intense feeling. In biological terms, anger maybe caused by an interaction with hormones triggering it. In simple terms, people see anger as an intense emotion that can be triggered by external and internal factors.

The fast-paced world has made people ignore anger and yet find themselves unnaturally irate about small, insignificant things. Although anger can differ in intensity, it can still be very destructive. An extremely angry person may not be able to control his emotions, causing him to behave, think and speak aggressively.

Aggression is said to be the ultimate expression of anger. If you find yourself getting angry over trivial matters, you should consider anger management before you hurt yourself or other people. Also see Angry all the time.

When managing anger, you would be subjected to different situations where intense feelings would be aroused. By undergoing such situations, you somehow learn to control your angry reactions. Although getting extremely angry is unhealthy, you should also realize that not getting angry at all is also bad.

A healthy balance of anger expression and suppression is recommended. Calming one’s self after an angry episode is very important in managing anger. People who fail to express anger in a healthy way are more likely to become hostile or over-critical of others.

Determining whether you are an angry individual requires some psychological testing. The intensity and trigger factors of your anger will be observed. If you think you are feeling too much anger, then you probably are. Accepting that you are an angry person and seeking professional help is the first step towards managing your anger effectively.

There are many simple techniques that you can try to avoid being extremely angry. For starters, you should do some breathing exercises to slow down your heart rate. You should also “talk yourself out” of being angry. Some people do yoga or other relaxing exercise to provide them with a calm feeling.

Of course, it is important to remember that controlling your anger is not something that can happen overnight. If you think you need professional help, you can go to a reliable Hypnotherapist to help you understand why you are always angry and look for an effective therapy or solution that will help manage your anger.

If you have any questions please call or for more information on hypnosis see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.


If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

Hypnosis FAQ Answered

In hypnosis we often encounter the same few questions

What is hypnosis and is it right for me?

The definition of hypnosis is a relaxed, focused state of concentration. To some, the concept of being relaxed and focused at the same time seems an oxymoron, but hypnosis allows you to enter such a state of mind. It was presumed until recently that it was a sleep-like state, or that the mind was unconscious.

It has been discovered on scans during hypnosis that in this state, the mind is highly receptive to suggestion. It is not an unusual or unpleasant state of mind as most people simply feel relaxed. There is an alteration in brain wave activity, called the alpha state. This is a very pleasant and relaxing state. During which the mind is alert, responsive, and open to a rich sensory experience.

Is hypnosis dangerous? The answer is NO!

In the hands of a properly trained individual, hypnosis is not dangerous. There may be some circumstances which would be undesirable with an untrained hypnotist, but nothing serious could happen. You would see no change and waste your money and possibly lose faith.

If you are seeking hypnotherapy, always ensure that the practitioner is registered with a professional body with a code of conduct that you can review.

Can hypnosis make me do something against my will? The simple answer is no!

This is one of the biggest myths surrounding hypnosis. Stage hypnotists choose their subjects carefully so that they will have participants who would be willing to act outrageously. You will never do anything or accept any suggestion that violates your morals or values.

If that was possible, hypnotists could make you rob banks and bring back the money. The hypnotists would be rich and rule the world. Clearly, this is not the case. If you visit a hypnotherapist wanting to seek help with a phobia and approach your session with an open mind and a willingness for the therapy to work, these is a good chance that your session will have a positive outcome.

Can anybody be hypnotised?

Almost everyone can be hypnotised. There are a few exceptions, however. Some examples are educationally subnormal individuals, people suffering from senility, very young children, hard drug addicts and individuals under the influence of alcohol.

If you have any questions please call or for more information on hypnosis see our home page, Dublin Hypnosis Dun Laoghaire.

If you would be interested but unsure why not try our Guided Relaxation through Hypnosis session so you can experience hypnosis without telling us any personal information. It’s a great way to start and everyone could benefit from some relaxation.

A short History of Hypnosis

Where does hypnosis come from? Discover the roots of hypnosis and what it can do for you.

Evidence of hypnotic-like phenomena appears in many ancient cultures. The writer of Genesis seems familiar with the anaesthetic power of hypnosis when he reports that God put Adam “into a deep sleep” to take his rib to form Eve.

Other ancient records suggest hypnosis was used by the oracle at Delphi and in rites in ancient Egypt (Hughes and Rothovius, 1996). The modern history of hypnosis begins in the late 1700s, when a French physician, Anton Mesmer, revived an interest in hypnosis.

1734-1815 Franz Anton Mesmer was born in Vienna. Mesmer is considered the father of hypnosis. He is remembered for the term mesmerism which described a process of inducing trance through a series of passes he made with his hands and/or magnets over people. He worked with a person’s animal magnetism (psychic and electromagnetic energies).

The medical community eventually discredited him despite his considerable success treating a variety of ailments. His successes offended the medical establishment of the time, who arranged for an official French government investigating committee.

This committee included Benjamin Franklin, then the American ambassador to France, and Joseph Guillotine, a French physician who introduced a never-fail device for physically separating the mind from the rest of the body.

1795-1860 James Braid, an English physician, originally opposed to mesmerism (as it had become known) who subsequently became interested. He said that cures were not due to animal magnetism however, they were due to suggestion. He developed the eye fixation technique (also known as Braidism) of inducing relaxation and called it hypnosis (after Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep) as he thought the phenomena was a form of sleep.

Later, realising his error, he tried to change the name to monoideism (meaning influence of a single idea) however, the original name stuck. 1825-1893 Jean Marie Charcot a French neurologist disagreed with the Nancy School of Hypnotism and contended that hypnosis was simply a manifestation of hysteria.

There was bitter rivalry between Charcot and the Nancy group (Liebault and Bernheim). He revived Mesmer’s theory of Animal Magnetism and identified the three stages of trance, lethargy, catalepsy and somnambulism.

1845-1947 Pierre Janet was a French neurologist and psychologist who was initially opposed to the use of hypnosis until he discovered its relaxing effects and promotion of healing. Janet was one of the few people who continued to show an interest in hypnosis during the psychoanalytical rage.

1849-1936 Ivan Petrovich Pavlov – Russian psychologist who was more focused on the study of the digestive process. He is known primarily for his development of the concept of the conditioned reflex (or Stimulus Response Theory).

In his classic experiment, he trained hungry dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell, which was previously associated with the sight of food. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 1904 for his work on digestive secretions.

Though he had nothing to do with hypnosis, his Stimulus Response Theory is a cornerstone in linking and anchoring behaviours, particularly in NLP.

1857-1926 Emile Coue, a physician who formulated the Laws of Suggestion. He is also known for encouraging his patients to say to themselves 20-30 times a night before going to sleep; “Everyday in every way, I am getting better and better.” He also discovered that delivering positive suggestions when prescribing medication proved to be a more effective cure than prescribing medications alone. He eventually abandoned the concept of hypnosis in favour of just using suggestion, feeling hypnosis and the hypnotic state impaired the efficiency of the suggestion.

Coue’s Laws of Suggestion

The Law of Concentrated Attention

” Whenever attention is concentrated on an idea over and over again, it spontaneously tends to realise itself”

The Law of Reverse Action

“The harder one tries to do something, the less chance one has of success”

The Law of Dominant Effect

“A stronger emotion tends to replace a weaker one”

1856-1939 Sigmund Freud travelled to Nancy and studied with Liebault and Bernheim, and then did additional study with Charcot. Freud did not incorporate hypnosis in his therapeutic work however because he felt he could not hypnotise patients to a sufficient depth, felt that the cures were temporary, and that hypnosis stripped patients of their defences.

Freud was considered a poor hypnotist given his paternal manner. However, his clients often went into trance and he often, unknowingly, performed non-verbal inductions when he would place his hand on his patient’s head to signify the Doctor dominant, patient submissive roles. Because of his early dismissal of hypnosis in favour of psychoanalysis, hypnosis was almost totally ignored.

1875-1961 Carl Jung, a student and colleague of Freud’s, rejected Freud’s psychoanalytical approach and developed his own interests. He developed the concept of the collective unconscious and archetypes. Though he did not actively use hypnosis, he encouraged his patients to use active imagination to change old memories.

He often used the concept of the inner guide, in the healing work. He believed that the inner mind could be accessed through tools like the I Ching and astrology. He was rejected by the conservative medical community as a mystic. However, many of his ideas and theories are actively embraced by healers to this day.

1932-1974 Milton Erickson, a psychologist and psychiatrist pioneered the art of indirect suggestion in hypnosis. He’s considered to be the father of modern hypnosis. His methods bypassed the conscious mind using both verbal and nonverbal pacing techniques including metaphor, confusion, and many others.

He was a colourful character and has immensely influenced the practice of contemporary hypnotherapy, and its official acceptance by the AMA. His work, combined with the work of Satir and Perls, was the basis for Bandler and Grinder’s Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

I have found using hypnosis highly affective from a personal and professional point of view. suggestions and changes can be made when they are in line with what you want. in other words, if you want it and like the suggestion the you can see profound changes. We are now offering a Guided Relaxation Session to reduce and relieve stress.