Mesmerism is a relaxing technique which produces an altered state of awareness. It may be used in addition to hypnotherapy in helping release free-floating anxiety, or as a stand alone therapeutic method. It allows the sufferer to take a step back from being focused on repetitious thoughts so creating the opportunity for change and greater centeredness. Probably best described by the results it brings about, the following are self reports from subjects in a study conducted by Dr James McGarry (1980) in answer to the question “how did that feel?”
"So beautiful. I was just a point of consciousness floating on waves of energy. I felt so safe".
"Not relaxed. But funny. I lost my body just following my thoughts. Then I lost myself".
"Quiet, sedate. No thoughts. Just feeling lighter”.
Mesmerism is often and incorrectly considered to be a primitive forerunner to hypnosis.
Reference McGarry, James (1980) MESMERISM vs HYPNOSIS: A Comparison Of Relaxation Responses And Evaluation Of Mental And Psychophysiological Outcomes. The Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis Vol.8 -number 1 - March 1987