Hypnosis is simply an altered state that enables you to receive suggestions more easily. This basically involves slowing down the brain function, because the slower the brain waves, the more suggestible you are.1

Brain waves are measured as electrical impulses at cycles per second, and they’re usually represented as four primary states – Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta:

  • Beta is when you’re wide awake and aware, and has the fastest brain waves (oscillations, or cycles per second) of these four levels.
  • Alpha is next, and the brain waves are slower. This is a light trance state, and the beginning of the hypnotic state. Relaxing, closing your eyes, and taking three deep breaths will block out approximately 80% of beta activity and put most people in an alpha state. Smoking cessation, weight loss, and most other conditions can be addressed in this state.
  • Theta is even slower, and is sometimes referred to as the “daydreaming” state. It’s where you remember more easily and can access hidden or suppressed memories. As you wake up in the morning and as you drop off to sleep at night, you’re in the theta state.
  • Delta has the slowest and deepest brain waves, and is a state of deep sleep or relaxation. This is where the aspects of mind expansion, psychic intuition, and universal consciousness are believed to be, and it is also where the more metaphysical aspects of hypnosis, such as remote viewing and out of body experience, are conducted. Most people enter this state within 90 minutes of going to sleep.2

In the Alpha state, you are up to 200 times more suggestible. So, although you may be aware of everything that is said during the session, that’s fine, because you are still under hypnosis and, being up to 200 times more suggestible, you are in the perfect position to have an extremely effective session.

Hypnosis has been around for a long time. It has been around in some form or other for over 200 years, and has been used for many different purposes, including but not limited to:

  • Helping women give birth without drugs.
  • Treating phobias and severe anxieties.
  • Reducing the pain from surgeries, dental procedures, and burn procedures.
  • Reducing chronic pain and other types of pain.
  • Helping athletes, salespeople, and students achieve higher performance goals.
  • Helping with weight loss.
  • Helping with smoking cessation.
  • Helping to bring relief from asthma, warts, hives, and many other kinds of situations and conditions.3

It has also been used to speed up recovery time after surgeries, and even to reduce the healing time of broken bones.3

Sometimes people ask themselves, “Is hypnosis really real?” The answer is that there are scientific studies that have measurable evidence for hypnosis. For example, in one study, when hypnotized subjects were told that a black-and-white picture was in color, they had the brain activity of someone who was seeing the picture in color. In another study, when the suggestion was to hear noises, they had brain activity for hearing noises, even though there were no noises. And in another study, patients were hypnotized to feel completely pain free, even though their hands were immersed in painfully cold or hot water.4

Some people wonder if they can be hypnotized. If you’re wondering how easy it is to be hypnotized, you’ll be interested to find that hypnosis is actually a normal state, because studies have shown that people go in and out of the Alpha state all through the day. This can happen while reading, driving, watching TV, working on the computer, or performing a number of other activities – so you can see that many of your daily activities are performed in this state without your even being aware of it! It’s simply a state of enhanced concentration, similar to meditation, where you have tuned out all of the unimportant stimuli.

So not only can people be hypnotized, but a number of studies have shown that people can learn to be hypnotized more easily and more deeply.5

With this type of hypnosis, it’s OK to fall asleep, because even when you’re asleep, the “hearing” part of your brain is still awake.  If this happens, it is used to your advantage, because the brain is hearing and recording the hypnosis suggestions even while you’re asleep.

And if you’re wondering if you’re safe and in control during hypnosis, the hearing portion of your brain is on all the time, day and night. This is why a mother can awaken immediately at the faint cry of her baby, or you can wake up when someone tiptoes into a room. So at any time, if you’re not enthralled with the session, you still have the ability to open your eyes and say so,6 or you can end it by counting “One – Two – Three” in your mind.7

Some clients will experience a time distortion that is similar to that of patients under anesthesia – they will think that a small amount of time has passed, when in reality, a much longer time has passed. That is perfectly normal, and may happen in the session.

Whatever your situation may be, traditional hypnotherapy can be an extremely effective tool for removing blocks and accomplishing your goals!

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  1. Rene A. Bastarache, D.D., “Understanding Brain Wave States,” Netplaces: The New York Times Company, accessed December 23, 2011. http://www.netplaces.com/self-hypnosis/how-thoughts-become-reality/understanding-brain-wave-states.htm
  2. “Alpha, Beta, Theta, Delta brain waves – what’s the difference,” Silva Life System, March 2, 2011, accessed December 27, 2011. http://www.silvalifesystem.com/articles/brain-waves/alpha-beta-theta-delta-brain-waves-difference/
  3. Michael Waldholz, “Altered States: Hypnosis in Mainstream Medicine,” The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2003, accessed December 27, 2011. http://marcoster.homestead.com/WSJ_com_-_Altered_States_Hypnosis_In_ Mainstream_Medicine.htm.
  4. ibid.
  5. Benedict Carey, “Hypnotic Reach,” Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2004, accessed December 24, 2011. http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/05/health/he-hypnotism5.
  6. Bastarache, 2011.
  7. Steve G. Jones, Basic Hypnosis Certification Manual, p. 17.