We make our best decisions in life when we're totally relaxed and we have all the information we need at our disposal to make an informed choice. For example, you wouldn't buy a new house without first doing your research - looking at the area you wish to move to, finding a mortgage you're comfortable with, knowing how much you have to spend etc. And yet so often we look to change years of our learned behaviour - over eating, binge drinking, smoking, whatever it may be - just by reading a self-help book or two. In essence we try to bring logic to irrational problems, but trying to change emotional problems with rational common sense very often doesn't work. For example, if someone has a phobia of chickens no amount of rational common sense telling them that chickens aren't to be feared is going to change their fear!
our brainwave frequency slows down to something called the Theta State (around
4 to 7 pulses per second). In this trance like state you'll experience a
heightened state of relaxation, imagination and suggestibility which allows you
to connect with everything you store in your subconscious mind and find all the
resources you need there to help you change. Various research estimates that our unconscious minds process around 11 million pieces of information per
second, compare that to our conscious brain which only processes around 40
pieces of information and it's no wonder we have extreme difficulty changing our unwanted
behaviours at a conscious level!
Young children from around two to six years operate predominantly in theta state which is why they have such vivid imaginations. Their visualisations are so powerful they believe they can be anything and they seem to soak up all experiences around them like sponges, taking in everything they think, feel, hear and see. Theta connects us to dreams and imagination with little or no critical thinking or judgment. As adults we are our own worst critics and judges so it makes sense to use hypnotherapy to get us into that theta state where we can allow ourselves to be who we really want to be without fear of criticism or judgment.
During hypnotherapy you may feel like you're asleep but you'll be alert and taking everything in. The conscious critical function, which acts as a filter for the mind's activity is dampened down; we lose the 'chatter' inside our mind. Without this you can feel less self-conscious as the connection to your rational and logical mind is lessened and you're more open and able to connect with yourself. Hypnosis helps us work to a high level of consciousness and uses the power of positive suggestion to help us change our thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
In a nutshell how does hypnotherapy help?
Our subconscious mind has all the resources it needs to heal itself; hypnotherapy connects with this subconscious mind to access these resources and bring about positive change.