What is Hypnosis - Hypnotherapy?
Some say it is something we experience every day, which is not exactly true. Hypnosis is similar to something we experience daily, which is trance states but trance states are usually quite light, mostly transient in nature and completely involuntary. Hypnosis, on the other hand, is mostly voluntary, one can stay in it for an indefinite period, e.g. as determined by the type of therapy and/or the therapist. It can also reach depths that are almost not possible during normal everyday trance states. Essentially, therapeutic hypnosis occurs when we are in these deeper sleep-like states, i.e. theta brainwave states, where we experience REM (rapid eye movement) and NonRem activity. NonREM occurs in phases 1. (twilight) 2. (dream states) and 3. (delta wave) (this, by virtue of time and space, is a very brief description). The most empowering effects of hypnosis most often occur in these deeper states of brainwave activity, via the mind, in which the hypnotist induces deep guided trance states and from where, they can effectively communicate with the brain (what some may refer to as the inner mind) and therein, change at a neurological level takes place.
Hypnotherapy, Powerful, Precise and Permanent
That said, it is possible for some changes to happen during states of consciousness as well as in our everyday light and transient trance states, a lot of the habits and behaviours we have, actually developed this way, although in reverse so to speak. So it would be fair to say that some trance work/hypnosis is a consequence of being de-hypnotised! One could reasonably describe these experiences as light trance/hypnosis. When it comes to helping clients resolve more serious conditions, perhaps ones that have developed over many years, often as a consequence of things like trauma, cumulative trauma or neurological illness or malaise, or even mental/emotional illness, hypnotherapy is particularly efficient. In order to make life more tenable, the brain develops dysfunctional coping strategies and/or defence mechanisms, hypnosis helps us discover ways to recapture life and change these strategies. The strategies that evolve into life issues or problems are mostly made outside of our conscious awareness and their intention is usually to help us cope better with life or keep us safe (fear strategies). Albeit they can often make life feel like a very scary place, e.g. during a panic attack! In the treatment of these types of issues, I believe deeper trance work often yields better, quicker and more permanent results. This is because the necessary change required is made at a deeper neuronal level, while the brain is in the same stages of brainwave activity where these conditions often first manifest. All change, at the level of behaviour, emotion and feeling, is a consequence of a change in brain function. This deeper level of the brain's activity is also the place where memory is consolidated and reconsolidated and every neurological reaction is a consequence of stimulus-response mechanisms, aka memories. Everything you do that is deemed a habit or behavioural trait occurs through this process. So, it makes perfect sense that being in this same neural sleeplike state is where you can reverse maladapted mental states, change unwanted behaviours or develop new more functional ways to live. While I say "sleeplike state" it is worth pointing out that hypnosis is similar to sleep but not exactly the same, it is the brainwave states that are similar.
When explaining what hypnosis is, some say you will hear every word and this is also not true. You don't even hear every word in a normal conversation, so why would it be any different in hypnosis? They would argue, that this is because hypnosis creates a heightened sense of awareness! Well, I could point to many thousands of clients, over nearly 20 years as a clinical hypnotherapist, who have made profound changes in their life through hypnosis and they would argue against the above comment of heightened awareness. I believe it is the creation of clear channels of communication, via the mind, at deeper levels that allow us to communicate directly (at a cellular level) with the brain, that creates this profound change. What we call "subconscious mind, is merely the transmission lines (telephone cables) that convey the signals (neurotransmission). To add to the above, I have had hundreds, maybe thousands of clients over the years, who have said that they recalled very little of what was said, yet, despite that, a profound change occurred! The reason for this, I believe, occurs through another type of brainwave, PGO waves (ponto-geniculo-occipital waves), quite simply because this is how the brain works, naturally! These PGO waves occur throughout many of the key areas of the brain and are instrumental in learning and memory consolidation and I explain this in more detail to clients during a session. This is something one can grasp more easily having experienced hypnosis as a part of the Free Consultation_more info here
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Sight Our Most Powerful Sense Hypnosis Creates Vision
Life, it's all Perception
How we see things changes our perspective! Vision literally influences life, it is the most prolific stimulant of our emotions. It creates the mental imagery behind our thoughts! It is because vision so acutely stimulates and influences our emotions, thoughts and behaviours that hypnosis so effectively helps us change our mental imagery; the precursor to a better life! Hypnotherapy occurs when the brain is in the realm of dreams, a consequence of theta and PGO brainwaves, the very stuff our memories are made of. It is because there are more areas of the brain that are related to vision, that this dreamlike state, hypnosis, is so effective.
Hypnosis, the vital link
Hypnotherapy thus creates a visual link to memory! Think of it, everything you see, say and do is somehow dependent on memory! And sight is the most powerful, definitely the most active, of our senses, especially when it comes to memory. That is why our visual imagination (mind's eye) is so powerful. The solution to Edison's electric bulb problem came to him in a dream. The most iconic of building ever built was first created in the mind of an architect! Visually speaking, you are no less qualified, maybe just a little less experienced!
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So, you don't want to be an inventor or an architect!? But you may want to be the inventor of an effective way of living or the architect of a beautiful life? Hypnotherapy really can help you make that difference and as a Hypnotherapist with over 19 years and 18,00 hours client experience; you're in really good and experienced hands!
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