Did You Know That Your Brain Can Reprogram Itself? The well known link between the body and mind – psychosomatic – really means that these changes can manifest even at a deep level in you body, behaviour, life and being?
Hypnosis evokes reactions ranging from “crossed-arm and skeptical-faced in disbelief” to “stunned in pure awe and amazement.” There is a certain mysticism and magic surrounding hypnosis, which puzzles and fascinates people’s minds. But behind the veil of supposed wizardry and dazzlement, there is a compelling purpose for hypnosis and hypnotherapy — to heal our minds, bodies, souls, and ultimately, our world.
Hypnotherapy uses hypnosis in a therapeutic sense, and it is not a recent innovation in “New Age” medicine. It has been around for at least 4,000 years from the time of ancient Egypt and Greece. During the late 18th century Dr. Franz Mesmer, a leading French psychiatrist rediscovered this powerful tool and applied it in a medical context.
In modern times, hypnotherapy is used to access and rewire the subconscious mind as a treatment for phobias, addictions, certain mental disorders, and ultimately, for enhancing every aspect of our lives.
How Effective is Hypnotherapy
Results of a comparative study by the American Health Magazine
Recovery rate after 600 sessions
Recovery rate after 22 sessions
Recovery rate after 6 sessions
Lets go Deeper
What is Hypnosis
“You use hypnosis not as a cure as a means of establishing the favorable climate” Milton Erikson
Dr Mesmer used the controlled induction of trance to work with patients to bring about healing. He used Hypnosis!
Did you know that all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, and that you are likely to be in a hypnotic state at least twice a day – just before you go fall asleep and as soon as you wake up! Consider the examples of arriving at your destination not even remembering how you got there or zoning out while reading an engrossing book. These are all examples of being in a light state of self induced hypnosis.
Hypnosis is thus defined as a trance-like or dream-like state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. This is you moving your attention from your conscious mind and communicating directly with your subconscious mind.
Hypnosis can be explained through neuroscience. Through brainwave imaging neuro-scientists observe the brain under hypnosis and noted that:
- Our brain functions are different when in hypnosis
- Our subconscious activity is increased as they note an increase in theta waves
- Increased creativity is observed as there is an increase in activity in the right hemisphere of the brain. This is where the ability to imagine, dream and visualize is developed.
- With repeated hypnosis, there is an increase in gray matter in your brain. Grey Matter is responsible for seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, speech, decision making, and self-control.
- The brain thus becomes a healing centre which treats mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, phobias, compulsive behaviours, etc.
How does Hypnotherapy work
“Hypnotherapy is the shortcut to access powerful hidden parts of the mind ” Sigmund Freud
Did you know that our brains are almost fully programmed from 3 months in the womb to 5-7 years old. And that up until 9 years old, we download information from the outside world at lightning speed. As our rational mind is still forming in this period all of this information is stored in our subconscious mind.
Our brain uses this information to subjectively figure out how humans and the world work – to create patterns, beliefs and behaviors. In effect you brain is programming itself! And here is the scary, part once a program is formed it continues to execute in our subconscious until it is actively changed.
The subconscious mind makes up about 90% of our total mind power and contains a “mental movie” of everything that has happened in our lives. The truth is, to create a different experience of life one needs to change the programs in this movie.
In Hypnotherapy the therapist uses techniques to you guide you into a space of hypnosis effectively moving your attention from your conscious mind and communicating directly with your subconscious mind so that you can make beneficial changes to those programs efficiently, rapidly and in a lasting and profound way. What this means is that your brain reprograms itself with new neural pathways, pathways that are positive and self-enhancing.
The conscious mind is not completely inactive during hypnotherapy. It is only temporarily distracted allowing the subconscious mind takes over. This means that you are still aware of all that happens in the session.
At BodhiMax we work in a client centered way. The therapist guides the client into a state of deep hypnosis and then uses proven techniques to help the client explore the issue and come to a resolution from the client’s frame of reference. In this way solutions and resolutions are owned by the client and equally easily implemented.
Where can I use Hypnotherapy
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t. You’re right.” Henry Ford
Hypnotherapy takes us deep inside for us to understand and heal wounds related to:
- Limiting beliefs and conditions
- Unhealthy emotions
- Protective reactions
- Traumatic memories
At the same time, we are able to access our imagination, creativity, intuition, inner beauty, confidence, motivation and love.
What you’re about to discover within you, goes far beyond the typical tools of personal transformation. Some practical applications include:
- Addictions and compulsive behaviours
- Anxiety and depression
- Self esteem and confidence
- Pain management
- Childhood regression
- Personal development
- Spiritual growth
- Past life regression
- Relationship issues
- Weight management
- Anger management
- Grief and loss
- Performance enhancement
- and many more applications…
We are certified by the South African Institute of Hypnotherapy (SAIH) www.saih.co.za, as well as the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association. Members have to submit a Code of Conduct and are encouraged to pursue continuing training.
Do not expect to go to sleep or lose touch with reality, you will be aware of everything that is going on around you and you cannot be made to do anything which goes against your deepest beliefs and morals. What you have seen on Hypnosis stage shows is true, but keep in mind that the hypnotist asked for volunteers, and these people expect to do funny things to entertain the audience, they are extroverts and are willing to follow fun suggestions.
No, certainly not. You absolutely cannot be made to do anything during hypnosis that is against your will, morals, beliefs or principles. Neither can you be made to say anything that you are not completely happy to do so. In fact some clients process parts of the session in the quiet of their mind without verbalising the detail to the therapist.
Perhaps you think that hypnosis is similar to what you have seen on stage hypnosis. This is not the case. Our work is purely for therapeutic reasons, and to help you get the positive results you want.
No, this isn’t possible. If you think of hypnosis as being similar to having a day-dream. One is able to simply pop out of a daydream quite easily. It is the same with hypnosis. In the unlikely event that the therapist left you in hypnosis and walked out the room, you would in time either drift into a sleep and then awake refreshed, or simply get bored and open your eyes.
It may well be that Hypnotherapy is the fastest therapy there is. The numbers of sessions depend on a variety of factors. These include trust between the client and therapist and how prepared and willing the client is to work on the issue. A skilled Hypnotherapist can bring about change in the shortest time. A therapy plan is usually discussed between the therapist and client after the initial consultation.
Each of our sessions lasts between 90 – 120 minutes. The average time for a session is 90 minutes. This is plenty of time for us to do the work that is required. Don’t worry if your session is shorter – results are not based on the duration of the session.
There is no guarantee for any modality or therapy to always work. The first session will establish quickly whether the client, modality and therapist are suited to each other and whether the client is indeed willing and open to change. Fear of being hypnotised will prevent the client from entering this natural state, but a good therapist will dispel the myth and create a foundation of trust which is necessary.
Sometimes there are conditions whereby the “benefits” derived from an unwanted habit outweigh letting go of it. For example fear of weight gain when giving up smoking. A professional therapist will cover these possibilities with the client and work through them.