It can be interesting to think about what is actually going on in our brain during hypnosis and this short blog will explain a little bit about the different types of brainwaves present in the brain during hypnotherapy.
Our brains consist of millions of brain cells known as neurons which are constantly communicating with each other. This electrical activity can be measured via EEG ( Electroencephalography) and will show up as different types of brain waves.
There are 4 main types of brainwaves present in the brain at any given time and depending on what you are doing, one type of brainwave will show as more dominant:
Beta: the fastest brainwaves, indicating being awake, engaged, alertness, problem solving, however, they can also be associated with anxiety.
Alpha: indicating being awake and resting, not anxious.
Theta: indicating being deeply relaxed, automatic tasks, daydreaming, meditative states and hypnotic trance.
Delta: slowest brainwaves, associated with deep sleep.
During hypnotherapy we start sessions with a solution focused conversation in relation to what you want to achieve, here beta waves are dominant.
As we begin the process of hypnosis and you start to relax physically and mentally, any anxiety begins to reduce and alpha waves become more present.
As you begin to relax deeper, the critical conscious is lowered, which allows you to connect with the subconscious. At this stage theta waves are dominant. When your conscious brain is taking a rest, your subconscious can focus its attention, visualize, process and reflect on the thoughts from our solution focused discussion. Here your creative mind seeks to make connections and resolve issues, helping to bring about the positive changes you are seeking.
A high presence of theta brainwaves make us feel relaxed and carefree, this can be very helpful to us when we are feeling overly stressed or anxious. We can all learn to switch off, chill out and feel calm and be at our most creative.
So, how can we create this feeling of deep relaxation?
Well, we can do this by taking a little time out each day, to practise being fully relaxed. By simply sitting or lying down for 10 minutes, perhaps with our eyes closed, whilst focusing on the gentle rise and fall of our breath, and allowing thoughts to come and go, releasing tension, as we allow our muscles to soften and relax, so we can begin to feel calm. Focusing on a feeling of peace, allowing the mind to simply drift and dream.
Then, when ready, opening our eyes feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated.
If you would like to learn more or experience hypnosis or deep relaxation please do get in touch for more information !
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