What is Hypnotherapy?Dec 27, 2023
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. When most people consider this word, they think about a stage show where audience members are forced into actions beyond their control. However, hypnosis is very different from that and can be very beneficial.
In short, hypnosis is a natural state of mind. It’s simply a deeper brain wave that you slip into. In fact, you go into hypnosis every 90 minutes. Most people use the term daydreaming, but it’s the same thing. When you are falling asleep, you’re entering a state of hypnosis. And when you are waking up, you’re exiting a state of hypnosis.
Humans have four basic brainwave states; beta, alpha, theta, and delta. The beta brainwave state is when you’re conscious of what you’re doing. Most people call it concentration. The delta brainwave state is when you’re in a deep sleep. To make changes in your life, you want to access the alpha and theta waves, the medium state of hypnosis.
But why is it important to go into these brainwave states?
Entering a state of hypnosis allows you to stimulate your vagus nerve and access your subconscious mind. The primary function of the vagus nerve is to spread information from the inner organs to the brain. The subconscious mind holds your past memories, negative emotions, and habits. This is why dealing with your past, emotions, and habits can impact your physical health.
5 Frequently Asked Questions About Hypnotherapy
Now that you know the basics of hypnosis, you might have some additional questions. Here are some commonly asked questions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy.
Am I under the control of the hypnotherapist?
All hypnosis is self hypnosis. This means that you are always in control. When you go through a hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will make suggestions. However, it’s entirely up to you whether or not you accept those suggestions.
The relationship with your hypnotherapist is a partnership. You’re driving the ship the entire time. The hypnotherapist is simply the navigation, guiding you through the process.
Can I get stuck in hypnosis?
As previously mentioned, you go into a state of hypnosis every 90 minutes. Just as you do when you’re daydreaming, you can snap yourself out of hypnosis at any point. This means that you won’t get stuck in this state.
Will I remember anything?
A common concern for those starting hypnotherapy is that they won’t remember the session. You’ll remember everything that goes on as long as you’re conscious enough to experience it. The only way you won’t remember portions is if you fall asleep. However, the hypnotherapist is trained to tell when you’re falling into a delta brainwave state and will draw you back to an alpha or theta brainwave state.
Does hypnosis work for everyone?
Hypnosis will work if you’re ready for it to work. It’s common for people to want change but they aren’t ready for hypnosis. Fortunately, there are other hypnotherapy techniques that can help a person prepare for hypnosis. This ensures that it’s as effective as possible.
What is the difference between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?
Hypnosis is the process of placing someone in the alpha or theta brainwave state. Hypnotherapy is the profession, which includes other methods of treatment. A hypnotherapist will usually put you in a state of hypnosis, but there are other techniques that can be used as well.
Many people think that attending a hypnotherapist will immediately fix whatever is troubling you. While some see immediate results, others might take time to see improvements in their lives. You’ve trained your mind, building up habits, over a number of years. It can take time to retrain your mind to make the changes you desire. The time it takes depends on each individual.
If you’re looking to create a better overall mindset, book a free consultation through my website. You can also watch my weekly show, The Well-Balanced Mind, where I’ll provide insights into understanding your mind and behavior.
Do you find that you have anger, stress, or sadness and are looking for a change? Hypnotherapy might be a good fit for you. To schedule a consultation call, click here.