How Does Hypnosis Work?
First let us explore how our brain works. Here is information about brainwaves.
Did you know that we all have five (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?
1. Beta (14-40Hz) — The Waking Consciousness & Reasoning Wave
Beta brain waves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning.
While Beta brain waves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.
The voice of Beta can be described as being that nagging little inner critic that gets louder the higher you go into range. Therefore, with a majority of adults operate at Beta; it’s little surprise that stress is today’s most common health problem.
2. Alpha (7.5-14Hz) — The Deep Relaxation Wave
Alpha brain waves are present in deep relaxation and usually when the eyes are closed, when you’re slipping into a lovely daydream or during light meditation. It is an optimal time to program the mind for success and it also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration.
It is the gateway to your subconscious mind and lies at the base of your conscious awareness.
The voice of Alpha is your intuition, which becomes clearer and more profound the closer you get to 7.5Hz.
3. Theta (4-7.5Hz) — The Light Meditation & Sleeping Wave
Theta brain waves are present during deep meditation and light sleep, including the all-important REM dream state. It is the realm of your subconsciousness and only experienced momentarily as you drift off to sleep from Alpha and wake from deep sleep (from Delta).
It is said that a sense of deep spiritual connection and unity with the universe can be experienced at Theta.
Your mind’s most deep-seated programs are at Theta and it is where you experience vivid visualizations, great inspiration, profound creativity and exceptional insight. Unlike your other brain waves, the elusive voice of Theta is a silent voice.
It is at the Alpha-Theta border, from 7Hz to 8Hz, where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind begins. It’s the mental state which you consciously create your reality. At this frequency, you are conscious of your surroundings however your body is in deep relaxation.
4. Delta (0.5-4Hz) — The Deep Sleep Wave
The Delta frequency is the slowest of the frequencies and is experienced in deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep, transcendental meditation where awareness is fully detached.
Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind, and the gateway to the universal mind and the collective unconscious, where information received is otherwise unavailable at the conscious level.
Among many things, deep sleep is important for the healing process — as it’s linked with deep healing and regeneration. Hence, not having enough deep sleep is detrimental to your health in more ways than one.
5. Gamma (above 40Hz) – The Insight Wave
This range is the most recently discovered and is the fastest frequency at above 40Hz. While little is known about this state of mind, initial research shows Gamma waves are associated with bursts of insight and high-level information processing. *
How does Hypnosis Work?
Studies have indicated our conscious a.k.a. thinking mind only uses about 5% of our brain power. What is the other 95% doing? When we are thinking, we are distracted, therefore our subconscious mind takes over for us. When we are children, our brain waves are primarily in the Theta state. Let’s imagine our brain is a computer, when in Theta mode, we download all the information (programs) around us so we know how to operate. When we are children up until about 7 years old, all these programs are downloaded experiencing the world around us. Our subconscious mind has these programs about how to view the world, society and ourselves. These programs help us operate while we are distracted in the conscious mind.
As adults we primarily operate in the Beta state. As discussed above, we need to be in a Beta state for high level functioning however, being in a constant Beta state can lead us to feel anxiety. We need to “turn off” our brain” at times, this why meditation is scientifically proven to be beneficial to our brain and overall health.
During hypnosis you are in a Alpha or sometimes a Theta state. Deeply relaxed, but still conscious, in control of yourself and focused on the therapist’s words and directions. While in this state you can reprogram your subconscious mind in order to create success in your life today. Perhaps you have a fear of public speaking, maybe you don’t know why you are having anxiety and need to find the root cause, it is even helpful for those suffering from trauma. In a session with me, we discuss what you are looking to change or accomplish and using my skills and intuition I create a great session for you. This is a powerful tool to help you become the person you want to be. Our reality is comprised of our thoughts beliefs and mindset. We are the creators of our reality. A belief is just a thought you have had over and over again. By utilizing different tools you can change your beliefs, control your thoughts and change your mindset to bring about results you want in your life. I work with my clients in hypnosis and using other strategies to practice on your own to reinforce the work we do together. If you are ready to commit to taking charge of your mind and your life, book a free consultation with me today.