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The Secrets & Science of Hypnotherapy

Written by: Rebecca Jones, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Would you like to change your life for the better? Do you want to gain personal freedom? Are you ready to be the best version of yourself?

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As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, over the next year, I will share some of the secrets of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. In my forthcoming articles in Brainz Magazine, I will also be highlighting some of the issues where hypnotherapy can best be used to reprogramme our brains and make them work for us, rather than the other way round. I will be revealing the best hacks to change your thinking, reset your mood, and change your patterns and behaviors. I will also be uncovering some of the unknown facts surrounding the science of hypnosis, dispelling the myths, and separating the facts from fiction.


In this first article, I will be sharing how we can use neuroscience and reprogram our brains to design, create, and then live our dream lives.


The Brain


The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body. The human brain is the central organ of the human nervous system. It is made up of more than 100 billion nerves communicating in trillions of connections or synapses. It is here that the neurons communicate with each other. An impulse passes an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron across a minute gap.


The study of the brain's anatomy is neuroanatomy, while the study of its function is neuroscience.

This article will focus more on neuroscience and how we can get the brain to work for us!


Here are some quick tips before we get started.

Quick Tips 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Synapses and Improve Your Thinking, Memory, and Life

  • Reduce stress: Make time for leisure activities. Learn relaxation techniques such as meditation. Cut down on unnecessary responsibilities and avoid over-scheduling.

  • Stimulate your brain: Avoid routine. Enjoy new sensory experiences. Challenge your mind and body with new situations.

  • Exercise: A brisk walk or other cardiovascular workout oxygenates the brain and promotes brain growth factors.

  • Challenge your mind: Tackle puzzles, games, and demanding intellectual tasks. Make an effort to learn new information through classes or reading.

  • Stay healthy: Eat a nutritious diet, get adequate sleep, avoid smoking, and if you drink alcohol, drink in moderation.

The brain works like a big computer. It processes information that it receives from the senses and body and sends messages back to the body.


The brain is arguably the most important organ in the human body. It controls and coordinates actions and reactions, allows us to think and feel, and enables us to have memories and feelings — all the things that make us human.


The brain is divided into areas that are each responsible for different areas of functioning.


For those of you who would like to know a little more about the anatomy of the brain, here is a simple description of the anatomy of the brain:


The brain can be divided into three basic units — the forebrain, the midbrain, and the hindbrain. In more detail, within these areas are the Occipital lobe, Temporal lobe, Parietal lobe, and Frontal lobe.


As well as the Cerebral cortex, Cerebellum, Hypothalamus, Thalamus, Pituitary gland, Pineal gland, Amygdala, Hippocampus, and Midbrain.

  • Occipital lobe: This is found in the back of the brain. The area is involved with the brain's ability to recognize objects. It is responsible for our vision.

  • Temporal lobe: The temporal lobes are found on either side of the brain and just above the ears. The temporal lobes are responsible for hearing, memory, meaning, and language. They also play a role in emotion and learning. The temporal lobes are concerned with interpreting and processing auditory stimuli.

  • Parietal lobe: The parietal lobes are found behind the frontal lobes, above the temporal lobes, and at the top back of the brain. They are connected with the processing of nerve impulses related to the senses, such as touch, pain, taste, pressure, and temperature. They also have language functions.

  • Frontal lobe: It is concerned with emotions, reasoning, planning, movement, and parts of speech. It is also involved in purposeful acts such as creativity, judgment, and problem solving, and planning.

  • Cerebral cortex: The cerebral cortex controls your thinking, voluntary movements, language, reasoning, and perception. In higher mammals, the cortex looks like it has lots of wrinkles, grooves, and bumps.

  • Cerebellum: controls your movement, balance, posture, and coordination. New research has also linked it to thinking, novelty, and emotions. The limbic system, often referred to as the "emotional brain," is found buried within the cerebrum.

  • Hypothalamus: controls your body temperature, emotions, hunger, thirst, appetite, digestion, and sleep. The hypothalamus is composed of several different areas and is located at the base of the brain. It is only the size of a pea (about 1/300 of the total brain weight) but is responsible for some very important behaviors.

  • Thalamus: controls your sensory integration and motor integration. Receives sensory information and relays it to the cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex also sends information to the thalamus, transmitting this information to other parts of the brain and the brain stem.

  • Pituitary gland: it controls your hormones, and it helps to turn food into energy. Without this gland, you could eat, but you wouldn't get any energy from the food.

  • Pineal gland: This part controls your growth and maturing. It is activated by light, so if you were born and lived all your life in a place without a trace of light, your pineal gland would never start to work.

  • Amygdala: The amygdala (two of them) controls your emotions, such as regulating when you're happy or mad. Your amygdala is very important. Without it, you could win the lottery and feel nothing. You wouldn't be happy.

  • Hippocampus: Forms and stores your memories (scientists think there are other things unknown about the hippocampus) and is involved in learning. If you didn't have it, you wouldn't be able to remember anything. People with Alzheimer's disease lose the functioning of their hippocampus.

  • Mid-brain: This section controls your breathing, reflexes, and your swallowing reflexes. It includes the Thalamus, Hippocampus, and Amygdala. Every living thing has to have a mid-brain.

Pons — part of the metencephalon in the hindbrain. It is involved in motor control and sensory analysis. For example, information from the ear first enters the brain in the pons. It has parts that are important for the level of consciousness and sleep. Some structures within the pons are linked to the cerebellum, thus are involved in movement and posture. Medulla Oblongata — this structure is the caudal-most part of the brain stem, between the pons and spinal cord. It is responsible for maintaining vital body functions, such as breathing, digestion, and heartbeat.

It is possible to improve your brain's function and make it work for you, rather than the other way around and your brain controlling you.


Using Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, and Neuroscience, that is exactly what we will do here in my forthcoming articles in Brainz Magazine.

Neuroscience, Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy

Q: So what is Neuroscience?


The scientific study of the nervous system. Neuroscientists focus on the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions.


A small selection of advanced hypnotists and hypnotherapists myself included studying neuroscience to advance their work with their clients further.


I have used this knowledge most recently to complete my Clinical research study on COVID-19, the effects of Long COVID, and devising a treatment program for patients and clients. Following my clinical study and trial of Long COVID treatment on a sample of my research clients for this research study, I have now been able to develop a unique training program for therapists, doctors, and medical practitioners who can now train in the specific treatment of Long COVID for their patients and clients.

Q: What is Hypnosis?


Simply put, Hypnosis is a trance-like state in which you have heightened focus and concentration. A hypnotist or hypnotherapist uses the unconscious mind to enable a client to reprogramme their brains and utilize their minds in better and more powerful ways.


Hypnosis is carried out with the help of a therapist using a variety of hypnotic techniques. When you are under hypnosis, you usually feel calm and relaxed and are more open to suggestions.


Hypnosis can be used to help you gain control over undesired behaviors, or to help you cope with illness or control pain, or help build your confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.

It is important to know that although you are more open to suggestions during hypnosis, you do not lose control over your behavior. You are always in control, and you can come out of trance anytime you so desire.


During hypnosis, nobody can make you do something harmful to you or that you do not want to do.


People have been pondering and debating over hypnosis for more than 200 years, but science has yet to explain how it actually works or happens fully.


This puzzle is really a small piece in a much bigger puzzle: how the human mind works.


It is unlikely that scientists will arrive at a definitive explanation of the mind in the foreseeable future. Hence, it is a good bet that hypnosis will remain a mystery for most.


However, several mysteries and numerous hypnosis secrets that a select few of us know and understand.


I am honored to be one of these few people and am also blessed to be one of the few valued and much-trusted members of Paul McKenna’s and Dr. Richard Bandler’s Hypnosis trainer team.


The best words I have ever heard were, “You are part of the family now.”


What a brilliant and epic moment!


Being in hypnosis or a hypnotic trance feels extremely good, relaxing, calm, and you will be fully at ease.


Most people, and all of my clients, never want to come out of their trance at the end of a session as it is such a wonderful place to be.

Q: What is Hypnotherapy?


Hypnotherapy is a powerful form of therapy. It is a branch of psychotherapy and therapy. It uses hypnosis to encourage positive change, stop negative or harmful behavior, change negative ways of thinking and destructive ways of being, and treat conditions, as well as to make lasting changes for the better, to bring about good, and to transform lives!

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis and therapeutic techniques, including CBT, talking therapy, psychotherapy, and so on. The bonus of Hypnotherapy is that the therapy is carried out whilst the therapist uses hypnosis, and the client is gently guided into a hypnotic trance. And then, the therapeutic work is carried out whilst the client is hypnotized. At the end of the session, the client is brought out of the trance and can go about their daily business and life as normal.


And yet, change has taken place, and transformation will follow.

In my next article, I will be writing about a specific challenge and issue that many people face in today's world.


And I will share how hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help people overcome such obstacles and how we can all change and transform our lives for the better.


Watch this space!

If you would like to find out more and are interested in working with Rebecca, please email info@paris-st-cloud.com or rebecca@harleystreettherapyclinic.com.


For more information, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and visit my website!

 

Rebecca Jones, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Rebecca Jones (M.A. DipPCH) is a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Consultant (GHR, GHSC) (GQHP, MAC) and CEO/Founder of 'Paris St. Cloud' & 'The Empire State of Mind'


Initially trained by Dr. Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna, & now a much trusted & highly valued part of their team, Rebecca is a highly sought-after expert in her field & her right. With her thriving practice in Harley Street London and a successful clinic on Deansgate in Manchester, Rebecca is an inspirational therapist & consultant.


Rebecca works globally with clients across the world. Also, with a clinic on Fifth Avenue, NYC, USA, Rebecca works with International clients F2F and online virtually around the world.


Rebecca's clients include VIP & celebrities, Governments and Government Officials, United Nations, British Council, OECD, Diplomats, Silicon Valley, and more.


Her new book 'Source Your Inner Jet Pack' will be published later this year. She also runs Hypnotherapy Retreats worldwide.


During the COVID-19 Global Pandemic, Rebecca has donated her services freely to all doctors, nurses, and medical staff working in hospitals and ICU departments in hospitals worldwide.


Moreover, she has also been conducting her clinical research study and clinical trials to treat patients suffering from Long COVID.


There is no other such study taking place in the world. It is unique and one of a kind. It is the first of its kind globally and is at the forefront of therapy and innovation, described as a flagship and ground-breaking research study.


This has been followed by her uniquely devised therapeutic techniques and treatment plans for patients and clients and a series of workshops, seminars, and training programs for therapists, medical practitioners, doctors, and hypnotherapists.


Rebecca is now the CEO and Founder of the 'Long COVID Therapy Institute.'


During the pandemic and Lockdown, Rebecca has also provided additional Free Online services, including Free Coaching courses for 'Resilience and Wellbeing in Lockdown' and free services for NHS doctors and nurses in the UK.


Rebecca has also been interviewed for the media and radio about her business and her work.


As well as working with her private clients in the clinic, Rebecca also provides Corporate seminars, events, & training, as well as well-being sessions and Professional Development courses (CPD) for Businesses, Schools, Corporate, & other Groups.


Rebecca is also a professional trainer, training, qualifying, and certifying future Coaches, Mentors, Therapists, and Hypnotherapists.


Rebecca is a Guest speaker for public engagements, business events, charity dinners, and fundraisers, both in the UK and overseas.


Rebecca's unique methods in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Consultancy enable individuals, private and corporate clients alike to build better lives, redesign their futures, and create personal freedom today!

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