What is Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy and what does it have to do with HypnoBirthing?
There still exist many misconceptions about Hypnosis. Find out more in this article what it really is. It actually is a natural and normal state you have already experienced. Have you ever daydreamed? Meditated? Read a book, some articles or watched a movie and got so absorbed into the story, that you forgot everything around you? As you were following the story in the book or movie in your imagination, this imaginary world felt so real to you. So this state of daydream or focused attention is a state of Hypnosis. It is a normal and natural state we all go in and out of during the day. You focus on one thing to the exclusion of others.
How do you feel during Hypnosis?
Your body will feel comfortably relaxed and your mental state is between wakefulness and sleep. In fact you are far from being asleep but more in a pleasant heightened state of awareness. You can hear everything that is being said but you experience it in that day dreamy state.
So what is so special about this state?
In this state of Hypnosis we have access to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is our real powerhouse and storage bank. The subconscious mind has stored all our experiences from the beginning of life, the conclusions we have obtained from those experiences, our self-beliefs and the world around us. Throughout our upbringing we have learnt through the people and the environment we grew up with. Thus certain habits and behaviours are created and automatically imprinted in the subconscious. It also controls our automatic body functions. At the same time the subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognized strengths and knowledge. In a way it is a like a big library.
So what is the difference between the subconscious and the conscious mind?
Well if we compare the two of them to a computer, we could say in simple terms that the conscious mind is the desktop and the subconscious mind is the hard drive. Who is the more powerful of the two? It is the hard drive. The hard drive has stored everything and we can pull onto the desktop whatever information we require. However when we do want to make changes to the computer, it is the hard drive we need to work on.
How does that apply to Hypnotherapy.
We use the state of Hypnosis to access the subconscious mind by bypassing the critical factor of the mind. Through imagery and direct suggestions to the subconscious, we can have a therapeutically effect on it. Henceforth we can bring about the desired changes. Interestingly the subconscious mind doesn’t know what is physical reality or imagination. It responds exactly the same. That is why we can use imagination to directly address the subconscious. Thus limiting beliefs, feelings and behaviours can be let go of and instead positive and life affirming suggestions can be enhanced.
Can everybody be hypnotist?
Yes, as long as the person is willing and able to follow the suggestions of the therapist. In conclusion, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Can I be made to do anything I don’t’ want? No, the therapist has no power over you. You hear everything that is being said and you wouldn’t agree to a suggestion that is not in harmony with you. It is safe.
So how does it work then with stage hypnosis where people end up clucking like chickens?
First of all they volunteer, so that means they are willing to go along with it. In this state they are highly susceptible and as they carry on following the instructions of the therapist, they find themselves doing things, which they could stop if they really wanted to. There are people who are more susceptible and get more easily and deeper into hypnosis than others. But everyone can do it, if they feel safe and follow the instructions supplied.
So how does this now apply to HypnoBirthing®?
Fears, anxieties, worries about birth/ negative previous births experiences/ negative comments you have heard or seen and limiting beliefs about your own abilities create tension in your body. This leads to what we refer to in HypnoBirthing the fear/tensions/pain syndrome – fear creating tension, which creates the pain. Dr. Grantly Dick Read, an english Obstetrician in the 1920, has first discovered this. However in order to have the satisfying birth experience you want to achieve, those fears and limiting beliefs need to be addressed and dealt with.
So what do I need to do?
In Hypnobirthing we use different means to help you reduce your fears and gain that trust in the innate ability of your body to birth your baby. One of them being hypnosis. In the state of Hypnosis, we can address the fears and change them in the subconscious. Thus replacing them with positive, empowering and confident images of how you want to your birth to be. But we are not only helping you to release fears. We also teach you different techniques and exercises. They give you the means to practice self-hypnosis and teach yourself to go into a deep state of a comfortable relaxation quickly. We teach and encourage to you to use your powerful imagination throughout your pregnancy by focusing on positive birth images and affirmations. Thus you will be using the power of your subconscious mind to achieve the satisfying and positive birth experience you desire for yourself and your baby.
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