The Science Behind Hypnosis

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Hypnotherapy is a highly effective method for reducing your stress levels, generating personal motivation, and increasing your happiness in life. The science behind hypnosis is founded on four key discoveries in neurobehaviour and learning, which enable a better understanding of the mind. There is an abundance of proof that hypnosis works, meaning that any time an experiment is performed correctly it will achieve a positive result.

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Hypnotherapy is supported by four key discoveries in neuroscience:

1. Neurolinguistics
translation: brain-language
Our brains respond subconsciously, and very powerfully, to certain words that have personal symbolic meaning to us. If we know what words to use, we can use neurolinguistics to program a desired behaviour.
Full Article: Neurolinguistics and Suggestibility in Affirmations

2. Neuroplasticity
translation: intelligent learning
Neural networks in the brain are not “hard wired”, they can change. Any negative self belief or an unhealthy habit can be replace by a positive self belief or healthy habit, through specialised practice.
Full Article: Neuroplasticity – The Neuroscience of Hypnotherapy

3. Psychoacoustics & FFR
translation: the mind is effected by sounds
In certain situations where a frequency-following response (FFR) can be created, the synapse firing rate in the brain “follows” the frequency that we hear or feel. The brain synchronises its firing rate with that frequency, and thus can be led to fire at a desired frequency.
Full Article: Psychoacoustics & the Frequency-Following Response in Hypnosis

4. Psychoneuroimmunology
translation: mind, nervous system, and immune system are connected
Thoughts and emotions have a measurable effect on the function of the nervous system, the immune system, and physical well being. When we control our thoughts and beliefs through hypnosis we can accelerate actual physical healing.
Full Article: Psychoneuroimmunology and Hypnotherapy

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How The Science Is Applied:

1. Affirmation:
In your first session, we decide on the solutions to your problems and compose your affirmation, which is the program for the behaviour pattern you desire. Affirmations that work, are full of neurolinguistic language patterns. It’s like using your personal symbolic vocabulary, or dream language, to help you to visualize or image your solution, and communicate to your subconscious mind.

2. Hypnosis:
Just like training your body at the gym, hypnosis is for training your mind to become familiar with your new program. In your hypnotherapy session, stereo speakers on either side of your chair produce an 8 Hz sound frequency to create the frequency-following response, applying the principles of psychoacoustics. As your mind starts to think about or visualize your solution, and how it would feel to be like that all the time, you are activating real neural networks and applying the principle of neuroplasticity – neurons that fire together, wire together.

3. Personal Self Hypnosis Track:
After you come out of hypnosis, you will record your new affirmation. I will then create your 20 minute self hypnosis track from your recording, with the 8 Hz frequency as a backing (the same soundtrack as in your session), and email it to you. Every time you listen to it, you are applying the principles of neurolinguistics, psychoacoustics, and neuroplasticity. You can even fall asleep with it playing, and observe the positive changes in your dreams.

4. Practice Makes Perfect:
Generally, 6 to 8 sessions (once a week) gives you the repetition you need to work through any resistance and defence mechanisms or fear, and ease yourself into your new experience of well-being and happiness mentally, emotionally, and physically. The principle of psychoneuroimmunology (the physical effects of hypnotherapy) can take months, or can be felt instantaneously – it all depends on how many layers of coping mechanisms and defences have accumulated subconsciously to protect yourself from the problem.

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Most people think hypnotherapy is magic –
but isn’t magic just science or technology that we don’t understand yet?

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Hypnotherapy may be disregarded by the mainstream, but I for one am pretty suspicious of authorities and experts that call quackery on a method that directly competes with their own profits – what would happen to the pharmaceutical industry if everyone realised that even if the pills help in the short term, we need to learn to control our own problems if we are ever to be free from them? I see a place for both: if I have a headache I will take a Panado, but I will also change what I did to cause the headache so that I am free of the problem tomorrow. Hypnosis can stop your world from spinning for just long enough for you to realise what was going wrong and rehears how you are going to fix it. Changing your thinking in hypnosis is very similar to learning a language in a lab – it’s actually science, and rapid, highly effective training.

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