If you examine your daily routine you’ll find that most of what you do say and think is habitual. From waking up in the morning we faithfully follow a usual routine as if you’re on auto pilot. Habits are often useful, but sometimes we realize they hold us back, get in the way of success or are not in line with how we want our life to be. When we become aware of this we start to want to change things.
What is a habit?
Habits are subconscious behaviour repeated regularly. Our habits are often physical mental and psychological, i.e. thoughts, feelings or behaviours that seem to be almost involuntary.
Habits are often learned responses to triggers or events that when repeated often over time becomes automatic unless questioned. Habits can also become obsessive, compulsive or addictive in nature.
Why chose Hypnosis?
Habits are usually formed as an attempt to find relief or a solution from a ‘problem’, and they become firmly embedded in the subconscious mind over time. Sometimes the automatic habit ends up being more of a problem than original issue for example smoking to fit in or ‘be cool’ or drinking to help you sleep only to find drinking in excess causes sleep issues. Hypnosis communicate directly with the subconscious mind, to directly reverse or re-train the mind into something healthier. Hypnosis is known as the fast track therapy, it is often described as the most pleasant and relaxing way to make a change.
How does hypnotherapy work?
The brain has different levels of consciousness, ranging from fully alert through drowsy and fully asleep, with variations in between. Hypnotic states occur naturally and spontaneously such as when we are day dreaming, reading a book or absorbed in a movie. These brain states can be measured by EEG tracking brainwaves from high frequency to low frequency:
Beta: (14-30Hz) Normal awake state often associated with emotional states from stress through to higher anxiety states. Alpha: (9-11 Hz) Associated with calm relaxed but alert states occurring naturally in everyday life. Theta: (4-8Hz) Associated with deep relaxation, creativity, deep meditation and hypnosis. Delta: (1-3 Hz) Sleep, deep physical relaxation and rejuvenation.
Hypnosis works, by the therapist deliberately inducing a relaxed state spanning from alpha through to theta states, and then offering therapeutic suggestions to reshape perceptions and change behaviours. These suggestions are subconsciously absorbed in these receptive states, but only if those suggestions are acceptable to the hypnotized person. Contrary to popular belief, you can’t be hypnotized into doing things against your will, neither can you be forced into a hypnotic state. The Hypnotherapist will carefully craft an individualized script focusing on the desired agreed goal which is tailored to each client.
What can Hypnotherapy help with?
In the hypnotic state the predominance of alpha states is associated with accelerated learning, focus and enhanced creativity. In deeper Theta hypnotic states the client feels more connected to their inner world, in a high state of self-awareness, more open to new ideas, thoughts, dreams, symbolism and creative solutions.
Hypnotherapy has shown to be effective for most habits such as quit smoking; research has shown that when using multiple strategies which include Clinical Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) you are 10 times more likely to quit, and remain a non-smoker. Other behaviour such as learning to moderate drinking, weight loss, managing anxiety or fears, or improving confidence, are greatly assisted by hypnosis.
Heather will be holding a FREE talk and demonstration on Changing Habits with Hypnosis on Wednesday 4th February 7.30 – 8.45pm. To book your ticket click here
Heather uses Clinical Hypnosis, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to change most habits in 3-6 sessions. For a free 20 minute consultation either call or book with Heather on 0405 821 880.
Special NEW YEAR offer of first 3 sessions – 4hrs 45 mins total just $599 (save $138) plus a free Bach Flower Remedy if you book in January 2015.