Hypnotherapy is a complimentary medicine in which the power of the mind is used to make changes and reach positive outcomes. Hypnosis as it is understood today started in the late 18th century with the Austrian Physician Mesmer. He considered that what was likened to a sleep like state, would assist people in healing their alignments.
The Scottish Physician James Braid took an interest in such work and further developed the medical applications and scientific understanding of these theories in the nineteenth century and it is from his work that modern hypnosis derives. Indeed, James Braid is widely recognised as the father of modern hypnosis.
The word hypnosis comes from the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos. Hypnosis is a state of mind related to deep relaxation, increased suggestibility and narrowed focus. Hypnotherapy is when hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes.