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ABOUT HYPNOSIS

What is HYPNOSIS?

The hypnotic trance is not necessarily a sleep, trance is perhaps best referred to as “an altered state of awareness”. Hypnosis is a natural method of lulling the conscious mind in order to reach the subconscious. When the subconscious is spoken to directly, old patterns and conditioning can be reprogrammed which allows new ideas and positive suggestion to be introduced. These positive suggestions can then be used to help make the changes you deserve.

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, much like others that we naturally go in and out of everyday, such as “day dreaming”. Whilst hypnotised you remain in control at all times and you will not say or do anything against your will. You are not in a coma-like or sleep state and you will remain aware of what is happening. Guided by a qualified hypnotherapist, hypnosis is a safe method of self-improvement.

Most often people come out of hypnosis feeling superb, relaxed and refreshed. You determine your own success by your motivation and cooperation.

Hypnosis is really all about changing brainwaves.

The slower the brainwaves, the more receptive you are in making positive changes in your life, both physically and mentally. The key is you need to reach these lower brainwave frequencies while you remain AWAKE.

Hypnosis is a state of mind characterized by relaxed brain waves and a state of hyper-suggestibility.

Hypnosis and hypnotic suggestions have played a major role in healing for thousands of years. Hypnosis is a perfectly normal state that just about everyone has experienced. What we call "highway hypnosis" is a natural hypnotic state. You drive somewhere and don't remember driving or even remember seeing the usual landmarks.

You are on automatic pilot. The natural hypnotic state also exists when you become so involved in a book, TV show or some other activity that everything else is blocked out. Someone can talk to you and you don't even see or hear them.

Whenever you concentrate that strongly, you automatically slip into the natural hypnotic state. The hypnotic state, by itself, is only useful for the relaxation it produces. The real importance of hypnosis to the healing and emotional change process is that while you are in the hypnotic state, your mind is open and receptive to suggestions.

Positive and healing suggestions are able to sink deeply into your mind much more quickly and strongly than when you are in a normal, awake state of mind (Beta). All of our habitual and behavior controlling thoughts reside in what is called our subconscious mind (it is below our level of consciousness). We are unaware of the thoughts and feelings that reside there.

Imagine that there is a trap door between your conscious mind and your subconscious mind. Normally, the trap door is closed until your brain waves slow down to a relaxed, alpha or theta brain wave level. This happens when you are in one of your five stages of sleep. The door opens for short periods of time and ideas, images and thoughts come out of your subconscious mind. We call what comes out in your sleep, "dreams".

When you are in a state of hypnosis, the door also opens so helpful suggestions can be directed into your subconscious mind or forgotten memories can be retrieved.

Coming into this world

When we are born we are born with a brain running at Delta brainwave, the perfect brainwave to learn and develop instantly. Think about it, what is one of the first things that you need to do when you are born? Breathe...that first breath that you take when you’re born is registered immediately with your subconscious mind and becomes an automatic response for the rest of your life. You never have to consciously think about breathing again and all it took was that first breath.

As we grow older we begin to enter more to a theta brainwave, again a very good state for learning and developing. When you first learn to walk remember how consciously focused you were on your little legs as you noticed the different sensations attached to the movements you produced throughout your body as you lifted one leg up in front of another.

Remember how you would look up at your mum or dad, giggle and come tumbling down to the ground? Walking had not yet become second nature to you, it was not yet unconscious but still very conscious and as soon as you took your conscious focus of your legs and looked at your parents you could no longer stay on you feet. As one gets a little older we slip into an Alpha brainwave up until the age of about 10, 11, 12 years old. We are in some kind of hypnotic state about 80% of our child life, our critical faculties/logic etc have not yet developed and we are hugely open to suggestion and learning. We are still learning right from wrong, what’s real and what’s imagined.

How real was Father Christmas or the Boogie Man? Maybe you had an imaginary friend or a castle that you made from a cardboard box. How honest were you when you said that your teddy bear could talk? Because you had not yet developed you logic these things really were real to you. Up until the age of about 6 years old our brains are in a state for ‘super learning’. At those ages the most common brainwaves found are both Delta and Theta, at these ages we have very little or none of the higher brainwaves frequencies, Alpha and Beta.

Alpha and Beta brainwaves begin to occur after the age of 6 years old and at about the ages of 10, 11, 12, they really begin to kick in strongly. This also explains why younger children are so suggestible.

Before 6 years old we are in the REM state, the super learning or hypnotic state, we are absorbing all the information from the outside world with no cognitive, logical or conscious filters to interpret it as one would with the higher frequencies of Alpha and Beta.

Misconceptions

There are so many people that still have no idea about hypnosis but, thank goodness, nowadays people are becoming much more aware and are understanding the powers of hypnotherapy.

In the U.K people are starting to realise that the doctor is not the cure for all illnesses people realise that we must take care of our own health. I’m not saying that we should ever ignore the advice of the doctors, doctors advice is always best but there will be many times when other complimentary therapy should be used as well.

People still believe that the hypnotist controls the mind of the subject and certainly for hypnotherapy this is not true. Some still believe, the hypnotists has a special “power” over the subject / the subject is in a coma-like state, unable to see, hear, feel or remember anything / some still think only weak-minded people can be hypnotised whilst others believe only the strongest minded people can be hypnotised

How can hypnosis help YOU?

The human brain works in two basic ways and is split up into two halves the conscious and the subconscious, the left and right hemispheres. The left and right side of the brain are linked together by the cortex, in front of the cortex is a little black box we call the critical factor.

Hypnotherapy works by accessing the subconscious mind, once inside the subconscious mind direct positive suggestion will soon break old habits and start creating new more positive beliefs and habits.

The conscious mind

The conscious mind is generally defined as including the ego, rational thought patterns, self image, is goal perceiving, will power. The conscious mind equals 12% of our total physical volume of the brain, it has control of the Nervous System and voluntary action of muscles. It accepts or rejects all its information on its own reasoning power which it has built up from proven knowledge, education and deductions from its own senses.

The subconscious mind

The subconscious mind equals 88% of the brain capacity and has control of the Autonomic Nervous System, muscles, organs, glands and all other operations that occur automatically. This brain acts automatically, it can not argue or reject anything that it is told. The subconscious can only work on its present understanding.

Memory

The subconscious houses our memory. Everything that we have ever experienced is stored here, down to the minute detail.

Imagination

“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. We can do and be whatever we choose; it is really only the limits of our imagination that prevents a person going forward in life.

Uses of Hypnosis

Hypnosis is used in a variety of settings - from emergency rooms to dental offices even some airports are using hypnosis to deal with the fear of flying before the aircraft takes off. Studies suggest that hypnosis may improve

  • immune function
  • increase relaxation
  • decrease stress and
  • ease feelings of anxiety.

Studies indicate that using hypnosis can lessen your need for medication, improve your mental and physical condition before an operation, and reduce the time it takes to recover. Dentists also use hypnotherapy to control gagging and bleeding.

Here are just a few things that hypnotherapy can do for you and have been proven to have great results:

ADHD, agoraphobia, alcoholism, amnesia, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, bed wetting, better memory, bereavement, blushing, breast enlargement, bulimia, child abuse, dental problems, depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, eczema, exam nerves, fears & phobias, guilt, gambling, headaches & migraine, health problems, hysterical symptoms, insecurity, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, low or high blood pressure, ME, motivation problems, nail biting, nervousness, past life regression, pain control, panic attacks, penis enlargement, personal success, post traumatic stress, psoriasis, worry, sexual problems, self esteem, shyness, slimming, stop smoking, social phobia, stammering & stuttering, stress, thumb sucking, timidity, tinnitus, trauma, plus many more... 

Hypnosis is 100% safe

It is not possible for anyone to come to any harm due to the hypnotic process. We all slip in and out of hypnosis all of the time, when we are driving, watching TV, etc. There is no loss of consciousness, meaning YOU are always in control. You will not do anything against your own moral values. In the hypnotic state you become even more aware.

You will always awaken from hypnosis, even if the hypnotist disappears. Your hypnotic sleep would simply drift into natural sleep and you would awaken when you were ready, or if someone was to call or shake you, just like when you wake up each day. Just about anyone can be hypnotized therapeutically. The exceptions are:

  • Educationally subnormal or suffering from senility
  • Extremely young children
  • Hard drug addicts
  • Anyone under the influence of large amounts of alcohol
  • Around 5% of the worlds population.

The amount of sessions needed would greatly depend on the situation and the person. Everybody is different.