Hypnosis is now being taken far more seriously by the scientific community, and the extensive research put forth to prove it’s not just a fad, as it is actually proving that it provides powerful results for individuals
For example, it has now been shown that brain activity during the altered state of hypnosis is definitively different from that of the normal waking state. This we know.
Scientific studies carried out by David Spiegel, (a psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine), have shown that hypnosis makes a lasting impression on the brain. This we know, as noted by many a Hypnotherapist due to our experiences with our clients, and positive feedback.
Using an MRI scanner, student subjects were selected, whereby’ brain activity was measured by detecting changes in blood flow. Three different states were observed: while they were resting, while they recalled a memory and while they were received a hypnotic-inducing message.
The subjects experienced three distinct changes in brain activity during the hypnotic state, changes that were not present when there were out of hypnosis. They were witnessing positive change.
First off, subjects showed decreased activity in the brain region which helps us compare context to decide what’s worth worrying about. How wonderful.
On the other hand, they found increased activity between parts of the brain that connect the mind with the body and the brain activity was similar to a daydream state rather than focused on the outside world.
A disassociation of this sort allows the hypnotic subject to engage in activities suggested by a hypnotist without becoming self-conscious of the activity. This is a wonderful experience for any client to have.
You see while in hypnosis, we know you can alter things like gastric acid secretion, heart rate, blood pressure and skin conductance. Your brain is very good at controlling what’s going on in your body. Isn’t that a wonderful thing to know?
Yes, hypnosis has been around for a long time, but people have looked upon it as a mystical thing, or entertainment, perhaps even trickery. However, recent experiments, have proven, that this demonstrates it’s a legitimate neurobiological phenomenon, by revealing the brain activity that underlies the hypnotic state. This is has now been proven, and has been known by many for many years.
This research provides valuable insights into the physiological aspects of hypnotherapy. It has far-reaching implications for the future as it continues to be acknowledged as a legitimate and highly valuable practice.
If you are considering hypnosis for yourself or encouraging a loved one who needs to make changes to their life, then just pick up the phone or drop me a mail and I am happy to answer any questions that you may have on the subject of hypnosis and therapy.
In the meantime have a great day!