There are different levels you go through, when getting hypnotized. Every now and then I get a client who just can’t get their head around the fact that during their hypnosis session they’re able to hear, remember and comprehend most or all of what I say.
There are so many myths about hypnosis going around that even when I explain in detail what will happen to first-timers, they’re often gob-smacked at just how ordinary it feels., and subsequently a little sceptical of its efficacy.
Make no mistake – hypnotherapy is anything but ordinary and can allow you to create powerful changes in your life if you find the right therapist.
Yet the process of hypnosis, which is really actually self-hypnosis, is deceptively simple. So for all you techies out there here is an in-depth explanation of exactly what is going on in your brain when you relax with me in my chair.
Your state of awareness can be physically measured by an electroencephalograph using frequency (Hz). Beta is measured at 14-50 Hz and can be described as waking consciousness.
You are alert, wide awake and when we communicate you can hear, comprehend and understand everything I am saying.
During this time your conscious critical mind is activated and you respond to existing beliefs in your subconscious, acting upon those beliefs on a day to day basis.
When you begin to listen to my voice in the chair, you relax and your brainwave frequency drops.
The reticular activating system in your brain starts to shut down and your conscious mind takes a little haiaitus. Eventually, you drop down to Apha, which is measured at 7.5-14Hz.
During this time, you can hear and understand me. You are able to follow along with any guided visualisation I offer, using your imagination vividly. Your mind is very receptive to the suggestions I give you during this time.
When you start to relax even more your brainwave frequency may drop further, down to Theta, which is measured at 4-7.5Hz. Things can start to feel a little fuzzy at this point.
During this time your mind may wander off and you might even miss parts of what I say.This is perfectly normal and it means that your subconscious mind is listening to and acting upon my suggestions.
Delta is the deepest state of hypnosis and comes in at 0.5-4Hz. Delta is a deeply restorative state and during that time you are not aware of what your hypnotherapist is saying, but the suggestions are being accepted.
You should note that it’s rare for you to only enter one state during your hypnosis session. More likely you will begin by oscillating from Alpha to Theta, and sometimes when you become more accustomed to my voice you may drop down to Delta.
Many of my clients report that when they listen to my hypnosis MP3s, they think they have fallen asleep – yet when the music stops they open their eyes. This is an example of being in Delta.
So as you can see there are various different levels you can go through when you're getting hypnotized and each of these levels is equally effective. So if after your first session of hypnosis you’re worried that it didn’t work, take comfort in the fact that you only have to be in a very light state (Alpha) in order for the therapy to be effective.