It's probably not what you think.
WHAT IS THE HYPNOTIC STATE?
Little do you know, you're in a hypnotic state at least twice a day. You'll be familiar with the feeling you have when you're just about to drift off to sleep. Your brain waves are at a Theta state which has slowed down massively.
When you're in a hypnotic state, you are very comfortably relaxed and can begin to block out the outside world and go within.
You may feel like you're asleep because you're so deeply relaxed but you will be aware. If you want to snap out of it, you can. You are not controlled by anyone, you are still in control. I cannot ask you to provide information you don't want to, I cannot make you think things you don't want to. In this way, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.
With me as your doula or educator, I am merely your guide/facilitator into this state of relaxation.
WHY DO WE NEED TO USE HYPNOSIS?
As much as we are thinking beings, we are run by our subconscious beliefs. Underlying negative beliefs of what birthing is like can come from movies, war stories from other women, doctors or nurses and other well meaning friends.
When we are doing something instinctive like birth, these thoughts can come up and throw our body unintentionally into a fight-and-flight mode, stalling labour or lengthening it, create more pain and then introducing the first or many interventions.
It is only in hypnosis that we are able to go deep within to our subconscious, examine and bring up our negative beliefs about birth, empty it and rewrite our programming.
WHAT IF I CANNOT BE HYPNOTISED?
Anyone open minded and intelligent enough to follow my instructions can be hypnotised. You will need to be willing to follow my instructions because you can resist it if you like as you are in total control.
IS HYPNOSIS DANGEROUS?
There has never been a documented case of harm coming to anyone. In fact, when you're in such a relaxed state, your cells and organs benefit by rejuvenating and regenerating - even if you do not use hypnosis as therapy.
If you still have questions, please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer them.