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The History of Hypnosis and Rapid Transformational Therapy

Ancient Roots
The roots of hypnosis can be traced back to ancient civilizations. In ancient Egypt and Greece, temples were used as places of healing and altered states of consciousness. These states were induced through rituals and prayers, creating a precursor to modern hypnotic techniques.

18th Century
Franz Mesmer, an Austrian physician, theorized the existence of a natural energy transference occurring between all animated and inanimate objects; this he called “animal magnetism.” He also pushed the idea of magnetism between the planets and the physical body. Mesmer was eventually discredited as he took a liking to showmanship and falsely used magnets. It was in fact discovered that the use of magnets had no bearing on actual results his patients achieved. Many of the impressive results including curing blindness, paralysis, convulsions and other ‘hysterical’ conditions, were down to his trance-inducing suggestion techniques and building our understanding of power of the subconscious mind.

19th Century
James Braid, a Scottish surgeon, coined the term “hypnosis” in the 1840s. He believed that hypnotism was a state of focused attention, rather than the result of magnetic forces. Braid’s work laid the groundwork for the scientific study of hypnosis.

20th Century
The study of hypnosis continued to evolve throughout the 20th century. Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, initially used hypnosis in his therapy, and its popularity grew as a tool for behavioral change and pain management.

Modern Hypnosis
Hypnosis is now recognized as a legitimate therapeutic tool and is used in various fields, including psychology, medicine, and personal development. It’s used to address issues such as anxiety, phobias, smoking cessation, weight loss, and more. Hypnosis is also used in regression therapy to explore past memories and shift the physical and emotional reactions to emotional triggers.

History of Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT):

Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) was developed by Marisa Peer, a renowned therapist and speaker. Trained by Gil Boyne (1924 – 2010) who focused on achieving results in a single session. He developed one of the first programs that used a regression-based approach. This program, Transforming Therapy™, was used for decades to train over 12,000 hypnotherapists globally, including my own teacher and mentor, Marisa Peer. Peer created RTT based on her extensive experience in hypnotherapy, psychology, and counseling.

Peer’s approach combines elements of hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and psychotherapy. RTT is designed to rapidly identify and address the root causes of clients’ issues, making use of hypnotic techniques to access the subconscious mind.

Core Principles
RTT is built on the belief that the subconscious mind holds the key to many of our challenges and behaviors. By accessing and reprogramming the subconscious, RTT aims to facilitate lasting transformation in a shorter period compared to traditional therapy methods.

One of the key aspects of RTT is its focus on empowerment. Clients are guided to recognize and reframe limiting beliefs, leading to positive shifts in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

RTT can be applied to a wide range of issues, including trauma healing, anxiety, self-esteem, phobias, and more. The personalized nature of RTT sessions allows therapists to tailor the approach to the individual’s needs.

Rapid Transformational Therapy has gained recognition for its effectiveness in facilitating rapid and lasting change. Many practitioners around the world have embraced RTT as a powerful tool for personal transformation.

Hypnosis and Rapid Transformational Therapy have evolved over centuries to become respected methods for personal growth, healing, and transformation. From ancient rituals to modern techniques, these approaches continue to empower individuals to access their subconscious minds, overcome challenges, and achieve positive change.

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My name is Felicity Powers. I’m a Clinical Hypnotherapist and certified RTT Therapist specializing in helping women heal themselves from the emotional and physical effects of trauma without years of therapy.

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