what is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a natural state of inner focused awareness. It is essentially getting into a state of deep relaxation and focus, just like guided meditation. We all go in and out of hypnotic states naturally on a daily basis when we are doing things such as reading, daydreaming, watching a movie or driving to work.
When we are hypnotized we are totally conscious and aware of our surroundings and of what is happening. We are comfortable relaxed and fully in control. No one can be hypnotized unless they want to be. Believe it or not, people that partake in the stage shows are consenting participants in what they are doing.
The human mind and body are so closely connected that we’ll never be able to achieve our desired goals without harnessing the power of our mind. For a very long time hypnosis has been used in the medical profession for a vast range of health issues with quite incredible results. Psychologists also use similar techniques when training top athletes and sports people to help them to focus and visualise their success.
Hypnosis for birthing:
HypnoBirthing teaches parents techniques designed to help the birthing mother achieve an ultimate depth of relaxation so that her body is loose and limp, and her birthing muscles are free of tension allowing them to function as they were designed.
Where the mind goes, the body will follow. HypnoBirthing allows Mum to visualise her ideal birth and release limiting beliefs, fears or emotions that could stand in the way of achieving her ultimate birth experience.
HypnoBirthing allows Mum’s natural anesthesia (endorphins which are 200 times more potent than morphine) to replace the stress hormones that cause pain, turning birthing into a more comfortable, easy and empowering experience. When her baby is born she can be fully awake and involved.
“0% of hypnosis group required surgery vs 54.5% of control group”
- American Journal of Family Practice, 2001