You may hear the word ‘brainwaves’ frequently used, but exactly what are they, why do we have them, and what do they do?
WHY DO WE HAVE DIFFERENT BRAINWAVES?
Different brainwave frequencies are used for different activities. All brainwaves are detectable at all times, but depending on what you are doing, one frequency will be more active than others.
BETA – this is the main frequency in adults when you are awake, alert and cognitive. This frequency is important for problem solving, logic and focussed mental activity.
ALPHA – this frequency is dominant in adults when you are relaxed, e.g. following a massage, warm bath or meditation. Teenagers show more Alpha than adults because it also helps with learning, memory and imagination.
THETA this beautiful frequency is what you experience when drifting off to sleep or daydreaming. Your senses are withdrawn from the outside world and you start to dream with vivid imagery.
DELTA – these waves are the slowest and are generated in very deep, dreamless sleep. When your brain is in Delta, your body is working on healing and restoration, which is why deep sleep is so important for overall health and well-being.
CAN YOU CONTROL BRAINWAVES?
Your dominant brainwave frequency will change naturally throughout the day but meditation is very successful at moving you into a more relaxed state Alpha state.
Teenagers spend more time in Alpha than adults because they are forming their subconscious beliefs about life and absorbing a lot of new information.
As an adult, you can choose to dip into Alpha in order to relax or make your subconscious mind more receptive to new information.
HOW? By using affirmations and visualisations during the Alpha state can effectively ‘reprogram’ something you want to change consciously.
PREGNANCY AND BIRTHING
Learning these techniques during pregnancy is vital to achieving a beautifully relaxed environment (the womb) for baby to grow and develop, physically, mentally and emotionally. Baby will be happy and content in the womb, free of stress.
During labour and birthing these techniques will work like magic. These women not only look like they are enjoying moving through their labour, but they are blissed out in a very relaxed state and loving every minute of labour. This allows a Mum and baby to work together, truly connected and both enjoying the journey of meeting on the outside.
DO YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE? Then book an Inside Birth prenatal class with Susan today.