The origins of hypnosis as a method of healing date back over a thousand years to ancient civilisations and cultures. Our modern-day, more scientific approach, however, dates back to the 1920’s when the German physician Franz Mesmer reintroduced the use of trance to assist healing in patients (hence the term ‘mesmerised’). Over the last century, many scientific and academic studies have proven the effectiveness of hypnotherapy in treating many conditions such as anxiety and depression, fears and phobias, IBS, sleep deprivation and disorders, confidence issues/low self-esteem and many other symptoms. Here at West End Hypnotherapy, Aberdeen, the use of ‘Solution Focused Hypnotherapy’ encourages the client to develop problem-solving strategies and solutions in order to overcome their problems and symptoms through the use of subconscious suggestion and metaphors during trance. Trance itself is simply something we experience many times each day ourselves. Whether it’s losing ourselves in an engrossing book or fixating on a fascinating tv show - we are all able to focus intensely when our minds are absorbed in such ways. It is an immensely relaxing and refreshing experience and one which allows the hypnotherapy practitioner access to your subconscious mind whilst we embark on your journey to wellness and healing.