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Hypnosis vs Sleep - Under the Hood

We've all heard about deep sleep and relaxation, and "slowing our minds down".  Certainly you've also heard about the mind being in highly creative or analyzing state.  These different "states" all refer to the measurable level of activity in our brains.

Our brainwaves, measurable levels of electrical activity, are always active -- even during deep sleep.  Generally, there are 4 accepted levels of brainwave activity: Delta, Theta, Alpha, and Beta.

While the exact oscillation range for each of these levels is somewhat open to discussion, what follows is a reasonable frame of reference:
  • Delta Waves (0.1 - 3.9 Hz) -- associated with dreamless deep sleep and the release of growth hormone;
  • Theta Waves (4.0-7.9 Hz) -- associated with REM sleep (dreaming) and an increased freedom of creativity.
  • Alpha Waves (8.0-13.9 Hz) -- associated with general relaxation, focus, wakefulness, and the production of serotonin -- a neurotransmitter in he brain and gut that modulates mood, sleep, sexuality, aggression, and anger.
  • Beta Waves (14.0-30 Hz) -- associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition... along with anxiety, unease, and the "fight or flight" response.

Attaining Calm Control

In our fast-paced world these days, we spend a lot of our time in the Beta brainwave level.  We're constantly switched on, multi-tasking, giving it 110%, and increasing our stress levels -- which is ultimately challenging to both our bodies and our minds.

Many people find that meditation can help you attain the Alpha and Theta brainwave levels.  These levels are much more relaxing and can help us manage day-to-day challenges in a more calm, controlled and focused way.   They can also be beneficial for us mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

It is believed that at the Apha-Theta border (~7.0 - 8.5 Hz) is where we find the optimal range for visualization, hypnosis, and re-programming the subconscious mind.  It's at this level that you are best able to consciously create your own reality, keeping one foot in your conscious surroundings and the other foot in epicenter of the mind's creativity.

In hypnosis, we tap into the deeper aspects of this relaxed, calm, and creative state in a guided and focused manner -- reaching the subconscious mind, and helping you re-program your mind for success.

So, with hypnosis you get all the refreshing and revitalizing benefits of relaxing meditation along with the opportunity to re-program your inner self.  It's truly a win-win proposition!


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