The term hypnosis comes from the Greek word hypnos, which means sleep. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness, a state of extreme alertness. It is a shift in awareness where the focus is turned inward. The more you turn your awareness inward the better the ability to use your mind to generate the changes in your body.
There are 4 different states of brain wave activity:
Beta - state of alertness, being awake
Alpha - state of light relaxation, meditation or prayer
Theta - state of deep relaxation, focus turned inward
Delta - state of deep sleep, lucid dreaming.
Hypnosis has been used for decades to help people lose weight or stop smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hypnotherapy can be an effective method for coping with stress and anxiety. In particular, hypnosis can reduce stress and anxiety before a medical procedure, such as a breast biopsy."
Ways Hypnotherapy Might Help You...
Confidence & Self Esteem
Joyous Labor and Childbirth
Pre and Post Surgery
Hypnosis for Labor and Childbirth
Ideally, you will have six sessions in preparation for the birth of your baby (or babies!). For first time moms, I recommend starting sessions around 30 weeks. Moms of multiples: start at 25 weeks. Second, third (or beyond!) pregnancies, schedule around 28 weeks.
The first three sessions will be one-on-one. During the second three sessions, the birth partner of your choice can participate. Sessions will focus on teaching you techniques for full body hypno anesthesia, hypno epidural, as well as relaxation, self care, and building your confidence about labor, childbirth, and motherhood.
Pre and Post Surgery Hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy prior to your surgical procedure can help you have the optimal outcome from your surgery. You can use hypnosis to improve your sleep and reduce stress prior to surgery. You will learn hypno anesthesia to help you be completely comfortable before, during, and after your procedure. If you've recently had surgery, hypnosis can assist you with a comfortable and speedy recovery.
WILL I TELL YOU MY SECRETS?
Generally speaking, you will not be speaking during your session. And because I cannot make you do anything you don't want to do, if you have secrets or things you'd rather not talk about, they'll stay in your mind.
how does it feel to be hypnotized?
Most people feel physically relaxed, emotionally calm and comfortable, and mentally very alert. Your mind might wander during your session, and that is very normal! If you've ever done a guided meditation, hypnosis feels very similar.
What if I can't be hypnotized?
Hypnosis is a very natural state that everyone experiences, every day. If you've ever fallen asleep at night, woken up in the morning, or driven somewhere very familiar but not remembered the drive, you have been in a light stage of hypnosis. Everyone who wants to be hypnotized can be.
HOw many sessions will I need?
This can depend on what your goal is. For some short term goals, such as quitting smoking or hypnosis for labor and childbirth, six sessions is my typical recommendation. Other goals can take longer. I recommend everyone have a session at least once per month to keep your subconscious mind working for you.