The Origins of Hypnotherapy


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Did you know that hypnotherapy has its roots in ancient times? It's true! The concept of hypnotherapy has been around since the beginning of recorded history, with references to it being used in Ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome.

In ancient Egypt, hypnotic techniques were used in religious rituals, and were believed to help connect people to the gods. In ancient India, the practice of yoga was used to achieve a meditative state similar to hypnosis, and was believed to aid in healing. In Greece and Rome, hypnosis was used to treat a variety of ailments, including pain, anxiety, and insomnia. 

The story of hypnosis has its roots in Greek mythology, specifically involving the god Hypnos and his son Morpheus (McKendry, 2019). Interestingly, the words 'morphine' and 'hypnosis' both have their origins in these mythological characters. The Ancient Greeks linked these characters with sleep and dreams, creating a fascinating connection to the practice of hypnotherapy that we know today. Hypnos was the god of sleep, while Morpheus was the god of dreams.

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These gods were often called upon by other deities to intervene in mortal affairs. Hypnos had the power to induce sleep, and Morpheus could make human forms appear to dreamers. Stories from this time bear striking similarities to modern hypnotherapy, where patients lie on a comfortable couch and are guided into a relaxed state to address various issues they may be facing (Waxman, 2014).

Ancient Greek tales also provide insights into how people of that time may have experienced hypnosis as a form of therapeutic rediscovery. It's quite possible that individuals were treated with hypnosis to overcome issues such as trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), similar to how hypnotherapy is used today (Kohen & Olness, 2011).

However, the first modern form of hypnotherapy was developed in the 18th century by Franz Mesmer, a German physician. Mesmer believed that certain fluids within the body, which he called “animal magnetism,” could be manipulated to heal various illnesses. He called his treatments “mesmerism,” and they became quite popular in Europe.

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Today, hypnotherapy is used to address a wide range of mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction, and more. Thanks to modern technology, hypnotherapy has become more accessible than ever before, and you can now experience its benefits from the comfort of your own home.


At Clear Minds Hypnotherapy, we take pride in offering a diverse range of hypnotherapy sessions. Our expertly crafted sessions address various challenges, including overcoming anxiety, managing stress, breaking free from addiction, enhancing self-confidence, conquering insomnia, and improving focus and concentration.

We also have specialized programs designed to help you lose weight, develop healthier habits, and even enhance your relationships. Our mission is to support you in your personal journey towards growth, healing, and self-improvement. With Clear Minds Hypnotherapy, you're not only investing in a single session but rather taking a step towards a more empowered and fulfilling life. So go ahead, browse our extensive collection of hypnotherapy sessions, and discover the transformative power of a clear mind.

- Kohen, D. P., & Olness, K. (2011). Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy with Children (4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.
- McKendry, A. (2019). Hypnosis in the Ancient World. The Journal of Hypnosis, 12(2), 37-42.
- Waxman, (D. (2014). Hypnosis: A Brief History. Chichester, UK: Wiley Blackwell.