You are in control of the experience.
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, allowing your body to be at rest, altering pain perceptions and allowing your mind to be free.
You may feel like you're asleep because you're so deeply relaxed. You will be aware this entire time. If you want to snap out of it, you can. You are in control of your experience. 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 your guide/facilitator into this fabulous 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. At birth, being in hypnosis allows us to be relaxed and feel good about the contractions.
WHAT IF I CANNOT BE HYPNOTISED?
The first thing is to want to go into hypnosis. Like a muscle, you get better and better at hypnosis as you exercise your visualisation muscle. The only ones who might not be able to go into hypnosis are severely mentally impaired - which you are not given your ability to read this.
You can choose not to go into hypnosis however, because you are in control of the process. Other things that impede the process are things like fear. This is why it is important to understand that you are not under the control of someone else, you are actually awake, you can stop the process any time, you will not divulge information you do not want to give and also, I cannot brain wash you with ideas that you fundamentally disagree with.
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.