Our brain has 2 main parts to it – the left side (the conscious mind) and the right side (the subconscious mind). The left brain/conscious mind is the rational, logical, critical part of us, that is also our decision making part, and the right side (subconscious mind) is literal and is the part of our imagination, creativity, emotions and memories. This part also deals with all our automatic functions including our heart rate, breathing and immune system. It is thought that the conscious mind makes up 10% of our mind and the subconscious 90%. It may not be surprising then to learn that if there is a conflict between our conscious and subconscious mind then the subconscious always wins – emotions pretty much always win over logic! This is why we can get frustrated because we often can’t ‘think’ ourselves out of a problem, i.e. if we say to ourselves ‘this is stupid I don’t need to be anxious in this situation’ this doesn’t often reduce the anxiety (and sometimes makes it worse!).
It is believed that the most effective way to create real change is to bypass what is called the ‘critical factor’ part of our mind, and this is the essence of how hypnosis works. The critical factor is like the ‘gatekeeper’ between the conscious and subconscious mind. This bypass can often happen naturally (when we naturally enter the state of mind that is hypnosis) for example when watching tv (advertisers are very clever, ever fancied eating chocolate after watching an advert?), when we are emotional, daydreaming, driving a familiar route, just before we go to sleep and as we are waking up.
A hypnotherapist will help you to bypass your critical factor so that your subconscious mind is open to the changes you want (you will not accept any suggestions that go against your own morals or beliefs). This is what makes hypnotherapy so effective, it is a route to your subconscious mind where any change you would like to make needs to be made. Research has shown that during hypnosis our brainwaves change from our normal alert awake beta state to alpha (relaxed, creative state), theta (deeper relaxed state the most common state for hypnosis and meditation) and delta (more associated with sleep, a state that allows our body to heal).
Hypnotherapy really is a powerful tool to help you achieve peace of mind, feel calmer, sleep better and be and feel healthier.