Did you ever find yourself “in the zone” daydreaming? Do you meditate or occasionally seem oblivious to what is happening around you? These occurrences are altered states of consciousness which happen naturally.
When hypnosis is performed by a reputable, certified, consulting hypnotist or hypnotherapist, it is a very safe therapy to help individuals overcome self-limiting beliefs and behaviors.
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
The word hypnosis is derived from the Greek word for sleep. Hypnosis is very relaxing and you never lose awareness.
Hypnosis is a natural psychological state experienced as a trance. Some people become concerned about the term trance. A trance is like a daze. It is a natural state that occurs when there aren’t many distractions and your attention is focused, blocking other stimuli out of your conscious awareness.
Throughout the day we often,without conscious effort, experience hypnotic states. It is a natural state for everyone that usually goes unnoticed while driving, reading, watching television, at a lecture, listening to music, or daydreaming.
WHAT’S BRAINWAVES GOT TO DO WITH IT?
When we are in an awakened state, our attention is most heightened as we go about our daily responsibilities. This is Beta Brainwaves., which has a frequency of 14-28 cycles per second.
Alpha and Theta Brainwaves are pre-sleep & post-sleep states of consciousness when our awareness is altered. Yet we can hear what is going on around us.
The Alpha Brainwave has a frequency of 7-14 cycles per second. This brainwave acts as a link between Beta and Theta Brainwaves. Alpha Brainwaves typically occur during daydreams and meditation, characterized by a relaxed, and flowing alertness. Alpha states produce feelings of, flying, floating, lightness, peace, and tranquility. Alpha Brainwaves are also important for creativity.
Theta Brainwaves is a state of very deep relaxation. It is used in hypnosis and during REM Sleep. The brain waves are slowed down to a frequency of 4-7 cycles per second.
Theta Brainwaves can be considered the subconscious. They govern the part of our mind that lies between the conscious and the unconscious and retain memories and feelings. They also direct your beliefs and your behavior.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A SESSION?
Prior to the hypnosis session, a dialogue is conducted to determine what the concern is for the proper induction. While in a hypnotic state, you will be relaxed, yet mentally alert and aware of your environment.
If there is information that you choose not to verbalize, or perhaps are not consciously aware of, it will not be revealed.
Suggestions are given during the session in order to re-pattern the subconscious negative thoughts, images, and self talk.
When the dialogue is concluded, you are directed out of the hypnotic state, and then mentally emerge once the hypnotist’s voice is no longer heard. After the session, you will remember that which your subconscious mind allows. However, it would be helpful to journal any thoughts following the days after, as more images or memories may be revealed spontaneously.
WHAT SRE THE BENEFITS?
Hypnosis is beneficial for stress management and help develop emotional strength. Hypnosis can also be performed to groups, as in smoking cessation.
As more and more studies are being conducted to understand the subconscious and conscious mind, hypnosis is no longer considered mysterious. Because of it’s benefits, it is widely used by psychotherapists and health care practitioners.
Scientists have discovered that certain brain wave frequencies, especially the Alpha and Theta waves experienced during hypnosis:
1. Relieve stress
2. Create mental clarity
3. Better synchronize the two hemispheres of the brain
4. Reduce pain
5. Promote euphoria and stimulate the release of endorphins
6. Recall mental images
7. Promote imaginative and creative thinking