I always wanted to know how stuff works. My background is in engineering and through a series of life lessons and revelations, I began to turn my interest more and more inward. Psyche as a subject of contemplation has been on my mind for since I can ever remember. When in my twenties I began every morning practising ice-cold showers I got amazed and surprised how many excuses my mind produced straight upon waking up. Every morning a random thought popped up in my mind giving me a reason why not to do it... “it’s cold anyway, it’s Sunday, you can skip one day” and so and so. On top of this, I made a promise to myself that every morning on the way to the kitchen I’ll use a chin-up bar hang in the doorframe and do as many pull-ups as I can.
What stroke me was how my body responded to me approaching the kitchen. As I walked downstairs, on the way to the kitchen my body shivered in what I can describe best as a release of cortisol. It was a feeling of when something bad is about to happen. When the body tells you to stay away from that edge of the cliff. When the intelligent system of our body gives a signal to avoid. When the internal alarm of danger is ringing dormant yet sharp. How interesting I thought. Just like with cold showers, I knew this is something I want to do and is beneficial for myself, yet my body and mind signalled otherwise. I wanted to understand these processes and ultimately be in control of these changes, so I began to study deeper these phenomena. Several years later my research led me to study clinical hypnotherapy (and mental health therapy in general). Learning about the brain’s functions, limbic system, neuroscience, scientific research and the latest discoveries I began putting the puzzle together.
"It's simple, we are complex"
Our body is a highly intelligent organism with its own innate, independent & co-dependent processes (Autonomous Nervous System with its two strains is a nice example) and our brain is the pinnacle of this evolutionary marvel. Yet the system has its flaws and limitations. For example, a blind spot in the eye, or the fact our memory recollection is affected by our mood of when the memory is retrieved. Or, the fact that when we get scared it takes at least twenty minutes for the stress hormone to dissipate (thus keeping us on edge way longer than the situation may require). The latter, the self-preservation mechanism was useful at the time when it was designed. When as hunter-gatherers we were running away from a threatening beast but is less useful nowadays when we get scared on the way to work by our reflection and then are unable to calm down for good half an hour. Needless to say that when we are agitated our mental processes are hijacked and our behaviour is then conditional to subprocesses that act in exact opposite to what we aim for at the office among our colleagues. And once we are in this treacherous mindset it takes little to snowball into more stress, mess, anxiety and panic attacks.
The good thing is that by understanding how these processes work we can tap onto them, alter them or change them altogether. The mesmerising beauty hypnotherapy brings for clients is that we don't even need to understand how these processes work in order to gain all the benefits and positive changes
How does it Work?
Hypnotherapy provides a bridging platform for these changes to take place. In conjunction with science and innate wisdom, we can make use of Libet's free will experiment. We can deploy Gary Craig’s EFT treatment or Francine Shapiro’s EMDR psychotherapy method. We can make use of Polyvagal Theory and benefit from the research of Hebb's theory. By knowing that electricity travels via the path of least resistance we can literary rewire our brain to gain the neuroplasticity needed for a change. During hypnotherapy and mind-body advance, we can effectively discharge old emotional concepts and use the newly released energy where we want it to flow, to improve and evolve.
Allow me to guide you on this journey of becoming better, happier and healthier.
Viktor E. Frankl - Neurologist