Hypnosis — or hypnotherapy — uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance.
The person’s attention is so focused while in this state, that anything going on around them, is temporarily blocked out or ignored. Hypnosis is a perfectly natural state, and everybody regularly goes into self-hypnosis.
Have you ever been driving a car, arrived at your destination, having none, or a limited memory of getting there. In short, you were so engrossed in your own thoughts, your sub-conscious took over.
This is you in self-hypnosis, and you are able to still function because you are on AUTO-PILOT
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Your mind works at different brain waves, and whilst in hypnosis you are able to reach a ”Theta” brain state, making it possible to in-bed suggestions to your sub-conscious, or reframe memories and emotions, all whilst by-passing your conscious thinking brain. This state can give you access to forgotten childhood memories which cannot be accessed during the waking state (Beta state).
OVERVIEW OF BRAIN WAVE STATES;
- Delta waves (. 5 to 3 Hz) …
- Theta waves (3 to 8 Hz) Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation. …
- Alpha waves (8 to 12 Hz) Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. …
- Beta waves (12 to 38 Hz) …
- Gamma waves (38 to 42 Hz)
Whilst in this state, a trained hypnotherapist is able to help facilitate healing by making the sub-conscious, conscious, therefore allowing the individual to reprocess memories, and help overcome any struggles or challenges they maybe experiencing.
SO WHY USE HYPNOTHERAPY
Hypnotherapy works directly with the sub-conscious mind, by by-passing the conscious state. Hypnosis is responsive and extremely effective, with results potentially seen within 2 – 6 sessions, as oppose to 36 sessions + with traditional talk therapies. Therapy has an extremely high-success rate if conducted by a professionally trained practitioner.
There are 2 main types of hypnotherapy work;
SUGGESTION & ANALYSIS
Once in hypnosis, a therapist is able to offer your sub-conscious alternative suggestions, which are more beneficial to you, resulting in a positive outcome.
STOPPING SMOKING, WEIGHT-LOSS, HAVING MORE CONFIDENCE, BEING MORE MOTIVATED… and so much more…
During childhood, you are influenced by your experiences, and belief systems, which are given or passed down to us by our key carers. These experiences, and beliefs then start to form who we are, and our internal programming and response systems. As children, we are in a constant state of ”Theta” brain state until the age of about 7, and during this time, everything that goes in, stays in, unless corrected.
Let me give you a really simplified example;
Mum tells Johnny, that everyone in the family are no good at sport, and during sports day Johnny comes last in the running race, and all the kids laugh at him. Johnny’s belief that he is no good at sport has been confirmed by coming last, leaving an imprint that he is no good. In addition he was embarrassed and humiliated by his friends laughing at him, leaving Johnny with an emotional reaction and attachment to the event, which is very upsetting to him.
This belief overtime, maybe re-enforced by future events or experiences, and is then carried with Johnny to adulthood. (Unless there is an intervention of this programming and beliefs, these feelings will stay).
Johnny then grows up to believe and feel he is a failure. The consequences are that he suffers from anxiety every-time he needs to perform something, because the fear of failing is overwhelming to him, his emotional reactions and feelings to this, will be identical to how he felt as a child in the running race. These feelings can also show up as physical symptoms overtime.
Hypnotherapy works by correcting any programming that you have had as a child, which does not work for you today. A qualified hypnotherapist, is able to reframe the memory, release the emotional charge or sting from the original event, resulting in removing any anxieties, fears, stresses phobias or struggles.