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What is Hypnosis - Really??

 

DEFINITION:  Hypnosis is a particular altered state of selective hypersuggestibility brought about in an individual by the use of a combination of relaxation, fixation of attention, and suggestion.

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    There are many definitions and theories about the nature of hypnosis; however, the understanding of hypnosis and why it works is still unanswered.  The best we can do is describe what happens when a subject is in a state of hypnosis.

     Studies have revealed that when a person enters the hypnotic trance state, brainwave activity slows (theta level) and the person becomes highly receptive to suggestion.  There is no explanation for this phenomenon.  It appears that when a person is in an altered state of brainwave activity, the conscious, critical thinking mind steps aside, and the programmable, habitual, non-critical part of the mind steps forward to receive and accept suggestions.

     The brain has four different brain wave states: beta, alpha, theta, and delta.

     Beta state - the normal waking state, which is measured at a frequency of 14-28 

     cycles per second.

     Alpha state - a relaxed state which is inductive to visualization and creativity. 

     The alpha wave pattern occurs during a brainwave frequency from 9 to 14 cycles

     per second.

  

     Theta state - occurs during REM Sleep. The theta state is a deeper state of 

     relaxation that also occurs during hypnosis and meditation. The brain shows a theta

     wave pattern from 4 to 8 cycles per second. Theta brain waves can be considered

     the subconscious. It is the first stage of the phase where people dream.

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     Delta state - the sleep state. The brain shows a delta wave pattern from 1 to 4

     cycles per second.

    

     Gamma occurs when a person is processing stimuli and grouping things into a 

     coherent whole. It is not a state of mind. It occurs during beta.

      Levels of brainwave activity can be recognized and measured by a machine called an electroencephalogram (EEG). Hypnosis occurs between the alpha and theta level of brainwave activity.   -- Science Daily

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What is Hypnotherapy?

     Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy using hypnosis as the tool to reach the subconscious mind where all of our behavior patterns, habits, beliefs, and emotions are stored. 

 

     A professionally trained hypnotherapist knows how to gather information from their client, determine how the client processes information, and formulate suggestions that cause the client to change unwanted habits and behaviors, release negative beliefs, and establish positive emotions that support desires and goals.  A trained hypnotherapist can use hypnotherapy to facilitate healing, relieve and/or remove pain of surgery or injury, eliminate sleep disorders, erase fears and phobias, enhance performance, dispel disease from the body and much, much more. 

     The body and mind are divinely designed to work together to keep us healthy and happy.  A healthy body needs good nutrition, regular exercise and healthy habits.  A healthy mind must have positive and supportive thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.  If the mind is not healthy, the body is not healthy regardless of good nutrition, regular exercise and healthy habits.  A professionally trained Clinical Hypnotherapist knows how to help their client reprogram thoughts and beliefs, establish new habits, heal conflicting problems and allow the body and mind to again work together in harmony for optimum health and well-being.