What is Hypnosis?
The state of hypnosis and self-hypnosis is a very natural, focused and relaxed state. Without realising it you will have often experienced this state. Have you ever driven from one place to another and upon arriving there not really remembered the drive? Have you ever been engrossed in a fire, a book or a movie? These are all states of self-hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state of body and a normal, natural healthy state of mind. You are aware and in control. It happens spontaneously during the day when you daydream and just before going to sleep. In hypnosis, positive suggestions are more easily accepted and acted upon. Hypnosis is not a magic wand, but a tool to help you achieve your goals with your mind working for you.
“We both loved our HypnoBirthing course and have really missed it since it’s ended. We found the course gave us a toolkit to not only prepare for the birth but to also cope with the general stress of big life changes. The strategies we developed during HypnoBirthing will continue to be applied even after the birth of our child. It really is a toolkit for life!”
Sarah and Gareth
Is Hypnosis Safe?
Hypnosis is a natural state that people go in and out of everyday.
It is as safe as daydreaming. You will not do anything against your will – you are in control. You only accept the suggestions that you want to. People in stage shows in hypnosis are aware of what they are doing and consent to it. If an emergency should arise, or if you should go to sleep, you would wake up from your own natural response.
Who can be Hypnotised?
Virtually anyone can be hypnotised, some more easily than others.
A person goes into hypnosis because they choose to. No one can be hypnotised against his or her will. People who are strongly committed to reaching their goals achieve the best results. Like anything in life, the more you practice, the more easily you can slip into this wonderful relaxed state. A hypnotherapist is a guide who knows how to get there and how to use it most effectively.
What Does it Feel Like?
A very relaxing, day-dreamy state!
You may experience feelings of comfort, well-being and mild drowsiness. Other feelings such as sinking, floating or heaviness depend on the person and depth of state. You are always conscious and aware – the concentration of your mind is greatly enhanced. Because you are so aware, you may not realise that you are in hypnosis. When you awaken, there are definite signs to confirm that you have been in a hypnotic state.
Why is Relaxation Important?
The body and mind work at their optimum when relaxed and free of tension.
When having your baby using HypnoBirthing® techniques, what you will experience is similar to the daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or starting at a fire. You will be conversant and in good spirits – totally relaxed, but fully in control. You will be aware of your body’s contractions, but will be able to determine the extent to which you feel the surge. You will experience your birthing in an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, without the fear and tension that cause pain. Your body’s natural anaesthesia (endorphins) will replace the stress hormones that cause pain.
When it is time for your baby to be born, you will be fully awake and involved.