Clinical Hypnotherapy Explained
To gain a deeper understanding of the power of Hypnotherapy, it is important to begin by learning about the various brain waves.
5 Types of Brain Waves
There are 5 brain wave frequencies (Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta and Gamma) and each frequency is measured in cycles per second (Hz) and has its own set of characteristics representing a specific level of brain activity, and a unique state of consciousness.
It is the alpha-theta border, from 7Hz to 8 Hz, which is the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind where it all begins. This is the mental state in which you consciously create your reality. You are conscious of your surroundings however, your body is in deep relaxation. This level is the one most commonly found in a hypnotised Client.
Optimal Brain States for Hypnotherapy
While even a light trance (Alpha brain waves) is effective, a medium level trance (Theta brain waves) would be optimum. Here you will be aware of, but not distracted by outside noises. You will be more deeply relaxed and more suggestible than if in a light trance.
About 80% of the population can be induced into this medium level of hypnotic trance. Nevertheless, although arguably less than 50% of the subjects can achieve this level, the very best hypno-therapeutic work can be done when the client is in a deep trance (a somnambulistic trance – Delta brain waves). In this deep state, you would have the ability to open your eyes without affecting hypnosis, selective and illusory sensory perception and the acceptance of complex suggestions occur during a deep hypnotic trance.
That being said, any level of trance – even a light trance – can be effective as long as it allows your thought processes to be addressed without the constant critical thinking of your conscious mind. Mostly, clients in a light to medium trance remember what is said during the hypnotic state. In a very deep trance, the subconscious mind hears and can make changes, but the conscious mind may not remember what was said. It is the unconscious mind, however, that listens and remembers in any level of trance and is making the changes, so it is not necessary for you to consciously remember what was said.
The Power of Hypnotherapy
As you enter into a trance state, a curiously detached parallel awareness is experienced. Therapy is then delivered by, setting aside the conscious brain and accessing the unconscious brain and your learned behaviour pattern-making system.
In this state, you are most suggestible to desired changes, from suggestion to action.
Hypnotherapy and Transformation
Hypnotherapy can be a helpful tool in Transformation. The premise behind hypnotherapy is that it is able to access your unconscious and change the negative patterns that are holding you back, blocking you from reaching your ideal self.
Using the power of suggestion, hypnotherapy works to promote positive change. The suggestions used will depend on your symptoms and what you wish to gain from your sessions, which are all tailored using techniques for you, helping you to manage symptoms and recognise potential triggers, as well as changing the way you react towards them
Suzanne Bond - Transformational Therapist
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