It may surprise you to know that hypnosis is a natural, relaxed state of mind that often occurs in our everyday lives. The technical definition of hypnosis is "a state of altered awareness and increased suggestibility." But you might know it as something else.
When you are engrossed in a movie, or a novel, or you miss your freeway exit, you are experiencing common forms of hypnosis. You also experience hypnosis each night, in that groggy state before you fall asleep. Think of any concentrated focused, or meditative task you perform, and it's likely to be an example of hypnosis.
Even though hypnosis wasn't known by that name - or as a psychological phenomenon, for that matter - until Scottish doctor James Braid coined the term in 1842, it had a history of use as a therapeutic tool dating back, at least, to ancient Egypt, Africa, India, and Australia.
Over the last 300 years, such names as Franz Anton Mesmer, Sigmund Freud, Doctor Braid, and Milton J. Erickson have helped develop what we know today as hypnotherapy - using hypnosis in conjunction with other therapeutic techniques to help people overcome a wide variety of physical and psychological problems.
Advances in hypnotherapy over the past few decades have lead to wonderful results, in office sessions and even by phone. And the list of ways hypnotherapy can help just keeps on growing: