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Making Waves
Jul 1, 2023

Making Waves

Waves are so hypnotic. They can be big or small, scary or enchanting, endless or temporary; some people make waves, others try and reduce the impact of said waves; we can have brain waves intellectually; there are many different waves of different elements and different types, in fact waves are pretty much in our lives on a daily basis.

I grew up near the sea so was fortunate enough to spend many a minute either splashing around in waves or simply just strolling alongside them. Whichever waves - I love the sea type and love to spend time sitting and watching them repeatedly, endlessly, soothingly coming to the shore and then re-merging with the sea.

waves2But today I am not talking about water-waves. I am talking about brain waves, of which there are a few. I am no scientist and don't profess to be one but since I have been reading about brain waves, I can't help wondering what they look like if we could see them! I do know what people look like when experiencing certain brain waves, as the whole point of what I do is to get the brain to be "in" certain brain waves patterns so the physical and emotional bodies can be restored.

BETA waves - so these are brain waves which are the ones produced when we are experiencing conscious thought. They are to do with logical thinking and have a stimulating effect. A bit like the apple that hit Sir Isaac Newton on the head while he was sitting under the tree that got him to thinking about gravity - admittedly he probably was more in an alpha kind of wave state prior to being hit on the head! Gravitational waves!

Beta waves are cool - they are the second fastest type of brain frequency, and are present when we are using cognitive thought. So when we are coming up with theories of gravity and whatnot then those beta waves are firing away. Being engaged, solving puzzles, thinking logically and analytically. Really important brain waves. Their frequencies are between 12 and 40 Hz. Listening to binaural beats can create beta waves in our brains. These work if a person can hear a tone of say 405 Hz in one ear and a tone of 415 Hz in the other. This is the binaural beat which has a frequency of 10 Hz. There are loads of examples on YouTube for you to explore.

It's important to be able to feel engaged with activities so the beta waves are flying around - I know when I was at school I had some reduction of beta waves during some of my classes - maybe schools could tap into this, play some binaural beats throughout the school day???

BUT! we also have our ALPHA waves. These are lovely waves and have a frequency of 7 to 12 Hz. These are the chill-out waves, inducing relaxation, pre-sleep states. When your eyes are closed and you're not asleep kind of vibe. So when you've been using those beta waves to come up with fabulous and exhausting ideas, you can sit back, close your eyes and relax. Walking in nature, by the sea, just letting your mind wander (NO PHONES) and being able to fully process and allow the alpha waves to wash over your brain and just be in the flow. Colours can induce different emotive reactions and apparently - blues and greys invoke calm emotions therefore increasing the alpha waves and putting us in a state of relaxation.

THETA waves - well these super special waves are where we can access that very important part of the brain that is often, and sadly, not always heard. This is because (my theory), our primitive brain is usually being quite loud and needs a helping hand in being quieted down. A bit like an over-tired child. So when our theta waves are activated, we are in a state of deep relaxation - more so than those lovely alpha waves. We have lots of theta wave activity during sleep and often we are dreaming and there is an element of focus in the brain.

This focus, according to some, is where the subconscious mind, our own bespoke and personal font of all knowledge, is alive and kicking and if we are able to hear it and take note, we can really make huge strides in our mental and therefore physical wellbeing. We can become unstoppable, resilient to the stresses of the world we live in, and generally be all powerful and fabulous. Theta waves have a frequency of 4 - 7 Hz so are one of the lower frequency waves. But pretty awesome they are.

And then we have DELTA waves. These are the slowest waves out of the four. This is when we are in the deepest levels of relaxation. They are associated with restorative and healing sleep. SOOOO important. We do not dream when in we're chucking out delta waves - we are in a deep and dreamless state. If you are woken up during delta time, then you may well be confused and disorientated. This is when your hippocampus is happy. It is receiving all the healing and help it needs to sort the days memories out and do its job well.

I often tell my hypnotherapy clients about how important it is that the brain is able to defrag - in the very olden days when computers where the size of your 55" television and just as deep, they needed to defragment. This would take hours but it was worth it as the computer would then work so much better and be that little bit faster. In a way, they too were having their own version of delta waves sleep. Our hippocampus is an extremely important component of the brain and needs to be looked after and cared for. We need our memories put in the correct part of the brain and in the correct way - so bring on those delta waves. I liken it to a building site at night - dumper trucks carrying all the ingredients to the right place at the right time, needed to build the buildings in the optimal way. When one dumper truck gets it wrong, then this can have a domino effect on the whole workings of the building site.

All these waves are important and we need all of them to be functioning well and in the right place at the right time yada yada yada. I do love a wave, be it water or ethereal.... The one bit of advice I would like to give is that we look after our brain health and become more aware of the impact these waves have on our lives and future lives.

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Fear of flying & Anxieties: After having a difficult year I decided to try hypnotherapy with Penny and it was the best choice I have made for myself! I'm now able to live more in the moment and have a better understanding of how to cope with or even eliminate my anxieties. I also had 2 sessions dedicated to helping to reduce my phobia of flying which helped me tremendously as I was able to get on a plane again without feeling terrified! Pen is always very positive and relaxed during our sessions and always makes me feel comfortable.

Anxiety/Stress: I went to see Penny as I felt stuck, struggling to cope & unable to move on in life. I had 12 sessions.  I had never really done hypnosis before & really struggled to focus on the words as my mind raced everywhere. Penny reassured me it would still work - which it did. It took a couple of weeks to kick in but I really appreciated the time taken to focus on the issues & Penny's positive attitude really filtered through. Slowly my positivity increased, the overthinking eased off & my sleep improved. This allowed me to problem-solve & plan more changes to make. It was like moving a large rock - once we got it moving progress started to happen & towards the last few sessions things started to speed up. I would recommend Penny to anyone who feels overwhelmed or near a crisis point.

Pain: I had 12 hypnotherapy sessions with Penny. The hypnosis was relaxing & reviving and seemed to link with my subconscious & bring me back to positive feelings. I still use the audio which acts as a kick-start if doubts start seeping in. I also found Penny's voice calming & reassuring. I have no reservations in recommending Penny. I liked her honesty in what the therapy could offer. I have been very happy with the outcome of the hypnotherapy.

Stop Smoking: Both myself and my husband decided it was time to stop smoking. My husband had smoked 20+ a day for 35 years and I had also smoked on and off for years. We can both honestly say we have never felt better thanks to Penny, she made us feel comfortable and was very reassuring, after just one appointment we were smoke-free.  We are now looking forward to extra holidays with the money we have saved and also stress free knowing we can travel and not worry about going without a cigarette.

Stress Buster/Body Image: Pen has helped me massively increase my resilience to stress. Tasks which seemed ongoing and impossible became doable. While work may still be stressful, the speed with which I bounce back is great and has allowed me to put in boundaries, both personal and professional. It has increased my self-confidence and assertiveness and has improved my sleep patterns so much. Penny has also taken me through several weight-loss sessions from which I am feeling the benefits and feel now that I am in the right place to start an exercise regimen and take control of my fitness.

Sleep Issues: I was slightly sceptical over hypnotherapy, probably because I was frightened of being made to do something I didn't want to. But my sleeping was all over the place and I'm a constant worrier, so thought I'd give it a go - I am so pleased with how relaxed I felt and how my sleeping has improved. I feel much calmer now and can rationalise things better than before. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with for a variety of problems or habits, and Pen's voice is greatly comforting when I listen to the recording when going to sleep. I know I can come for a top-up whenever I need to.

Public Speaking: I wanted to try hypnotherapy in order to deal with the anxiety I experience before speaking in public. My sessions with Pen have helped me reduce this in such a short amount of time it is really unbelievable how effective they’ve been. I now feel calm and focused and those waves of panic that tripped me up before talking in public have entirely gone away. I can’t stress enough how effective these sessions with Pen have been. She is calm and an intuitive listener who instantly puts you at ease. I wouldn’t think twice about recommending her sessions to anyone.

I would highly recommend Penny for helping and supporting anyone suffering with anxiety. My son Louie was suffering from panic attacks and it was heartbreaking watching him missing out on having fun with his friends because of a general fear something was going to happen. Penny was recommended to us by a friend who’s daughter was suffering from anxiety and was attending sessions with Penny to tackle this and couldn’t talk highly enough of her. So we thought it must be worth a try. Louie started having sessions with Penny and the difference was amazing, he started being more confident and less panicky and slowly started getting back to his usual happy go lucky self, which was a joy to see. I’m sure anyone who has a child, family member or friend that suffers from this realises how stressful this situation can be on a day to day basis. So get in touch with Penny, it could change your life.

Penny, thinking just how bad she was and how far she has come! I have no doubt in my mind that if anyone else’s child is suffering then you are the person to help! We are so thankful.

Hypnotherapy.... The final piece of the puzzle that completed and transformed my life. Amazing!

I had hypnotherapy to help me with my anxiety and depression and honestly, it changed my life for the better. I was in a place where I thought there was no escape from these feelings. However, hypnotherapy turned things around for me greatly. My OCD has also died down massively and it has also helped me through the very rough time at school. I'm extremely grateful for Pen's clear and kind understanding and I strongly recommend this to anyone who is having these similar feelings as well, as it will change your life for the better