The term hypnotherapy is coined from the the Greek word hypnos, which literally means sleep. Hypnotherapy is a naturally happening state of trance; it can also be explained as a enhanced state of focused concentration possible with a temperament of following instructions. In reality, we all have been in the state of trance, it is possible at the time of daydreaming, watching a movie or while practicing self relaxation techniques. During a hypnotherapy session one deliberately chooses to enter this state of focused consciousness for a goal beyond relaxation that is to focus your concentration and use prompting to promote healing. It can be done with assistance of a hypnotherapist or one can do it by oneself, called self-hypnosis.
A person in a deep state of trance is usually found to be highly responsive to some suggestion or a belief; however this does not imply that a hypnotherapist can control the mind of any person and make them do anything. On the other hand, hypnotherapy can help people master their own states of awareness consciously. By doing so they can positively affect their own bodily works and intellectual reactions. Hypnotherapy is successfully used to kick addictive habits like smoking or alcohol abuse. It can also address emotional issues like lack of concentration, low self esteem and many more such cases. Hypnotherapy has been known to help patients suffering from psychological ailments such as obsessive compulsive disorders and chronic depression.
Hypnotherapy has been known to be in practice prior to the 15th century. At that time diseases were more often thought to be punishments from the almighty. Healers of those time, such as shamans or priests would assist a person into an altered state of consciousness for a number of purposes such as to heal or spiritual rituals. Sometimes they hypnotized the patients and sometimes they themselves entered into a state of trance connect themselves spiritually with the universe. One of the biggest use and requires of hypnotherapy was in the area of anesthesia. Because anesthesia as we are aware of did not exist at all until the middle of the nineteenth century. At a later stage hypnotherapy was used to convince people to perform wrong deeds. However, with prevalence of sophisticated practitioners people have started having positive responses towards this therapy.
Self-hypnotherapy has also become very popular. By following certain steps it is possible for any human being to enter into the highest state of trance without any hypnotherapist.