Alan Gilchrist - The Origin of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy - Hypnosis Explained

James Braid (1795-1860)

In the 18th century Scottish surgeon James Braid,  ( sometimes called the "Father of Hypnosis" ) coined the word HYPNOSIS after the Greek god HYPNOS, meaning sleep. Braid adopted the term "hypnotism" as an abbreviation for "neuro-hypnotism" or nervous sleep (that is, sleep of the nerves) After having investigated "mesmerism", and subsequently trying to expose it as a fake, he soon discovered that hypnosis was not a state of sleep.

He soon realised that it was a state of focusing and heightened awareness and tried (unsuccessfully) to change the word from Hypnosis to Monoideism, a state of prolonged absorption in a single idea (as in trance, hypnosis) but the word Hypnosis had already caught on.

Throughout his career he continued to use hypnosis for pain relief during surgery and also self hypnosis to ease his own arthritic pain. As Hypnosis started to receive serious recognition and could be explained in a more rational manner, it began to gain acceptance and not looked upon as being bizarre.

In 1997 Braid’s part in developing hypnosis for therapeutic purposes was recognized and commemorated by the creation of the James Braid Society, for those “involved or concerned in the ethical uses of hypnosis.

Even today, people still find the word 'trance' scary, and many consider only weak-willed people can 'go under or be put out'. (There are many misconceptions and sensational stories about what hypnosis actually is).

In actual fact the more intelligent and creative a person is, the easier it is for them to enter hypnosis.

It is common for people who go into hypnosis to argue that they haven't been hypnotised at all, as they put it "I didn't go out".

A person entering the state of hypnosis feels total relaxation, and upon leaving this completely natural state they are wonderfully calm, extremely relaxed and are never sceptical or nervous of hypnosis again.

If you click on to the Testimonials link, you can read some of the many letters and reviews received at my office, showing how Fast Track Hypnosis has helped some of my clients overcome their particular problem such as quitting smoking, weight control, gastric band hypnosis, to overcoming a phobia, panic attacks, blushing, stress, etc.

Alan Gilchirst - Main
                                                                                                                          Back

Alan Gilchrist -  Hypnosis in Belfast - Ballymena - Coleraine - Newry - Omagh