This is a natural state for both humans and animals. Hypnosis enhances concentration which increases the persons responsiveness to suggestions. This allows for beneficial changes in the subjects pattern of thought and behavioural state.
With advancements in science and technology, we now have the ability to study hypnosis closer than previously through recordings of EEG brain wave activity (electroencephalogram) but it still remains complicated to measure as it’s not as easy as comparing heart rate or breathing. We have a conscious and subconscious state of mind. Our subconscious is responsible for keeping our body functions ticking over as well as pre-programmed thoughts. This frees up room for the conscious to concentrate on new or difficult situations.
In our everyday state, the body is flexible and responsive but during the hypnotic state you will notice your eyes slowing closing, breathing becoming deeper and slower, maybe their shoulders starting to lower as well. You may feel a slight tingling in your hands and. The environment is a big factor in successful hypnosis so please choose a time and a place that you can fully relax uninterrupted. It creates positive changes mentally, emotionally and physically. It is common for the person’s perception to alter where they cannot feel pain or auditory experience to change.
Your subconscious mind is much more responsive to suggestions than your conscious mind and can lose awareness of your surroundings. Changes to thought patterns, behaviour and physiological states begin to happen at a psychological level. In a few moments I will describe the four main types of brain wave
Is when your mind is engaged and focused, this is your usual every day state. (running between 15 to 40 cycles per second)
These waves are slower and represent a more creative/relaxed state of well-being. Alpha waves are not present when sleeping, aroused or experiencing fear/anger. (running between 9 to 14 cycles per second)
As we relax, our waves slow down. Theta waves are present when we are dreaming. This range of waves are associated with our subconscious mind and can also evoke suppressed memories.
Produced in our subconscious, this is the lowest state of rest and sleep when we are in very deep hypnosis
Techniques to introduce a relaxed state can be traced back as far as 2000 BC. There are lots of positive factors when in a relaxed state but the main problem with relaxing in today’s fast-paced lifestyle is that a lot of people are living in a chronic state of muscle contraction or a permanent state of tension meaning that the muscles do not relax due to the stressful life most of us live. There are over 400 voluntary muscles and they work on an All or Nothing Principle.
Progressive Muscle Relaxation or PMR is a technique developed to purposely relax muscle groups. It can take the form of a hypnotic screed that is tailored to the individual. Deepeners can be included to put your subject into a deeper state of relaxation.
Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state that can be also brought upon by using practised techniques such as relaxation. The psychological aspect alters brain waves accessing the subconscious level to introduce or amend pre-conceived brain patterns. Relaxation when inducing a hypnotic state is very important as it enables the individual to be open to suggestions resulting in positive change.