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Introduction to Hypnosis for Birthing- HypnoBirthing®: The M
Transcript of Introduction to Hypnosis for Birthing- HypnoBirthing®: The M
HypnoBirthing and The Brain
What is Hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a means of inducing a level of consciousness that is characterized by relaxation and suggestibility. The purpose of hypnosis is to provide a means of by-passing the critical mind and accessing the non-reasoning, suggestible subconscious.
The purpose of hypnosis is to assist the client through guided imagery and visualization, to bring about a desired change in
Physical Well Being
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, even when facilitated by a therapist. The usual definition of self-hypnosis refers to a person working alone or with a guided imagery or relaxation CD.
What is self-hypnosis?
Unlocking the Mysteries of the mind DVD
Common Applications of Hypnosis
Stage Hypnosis (entertainment)
Clinical Hypnosis (emotional traumas/severe depression)
Therapeutic Hypnosis (habits/phobias)
Persuasive Hypnosis (marketing/politics/religion) *Medical Hypnosis (healing imagery/cancer/post surgical)
The applications of Hypnosis for Birthing
Self hypnosis is designed to help the birthing mother achieve an ultimate depth of relaxation so that her body is loose and limp, and the birthing muscles, free of tension, can function as they are created to function.
Hypnosis helps moms to visualize the birth she wishes and helps her to release any fears of birthing as well as emotions that could be limiting.
The Characteristics of Hypnosis
What does it really look and feel like?
A hypnotized person is not:
unconscious or asleep
submissive to another’s will
in an eerie trance state
prone to reveal confidential information
A hypnotized person is:
a consenting participant
fully in control
aware of surroundings and what is happening
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Let’s look a little closer at what Hypnosis is...
“a state or condition in which the client or person becomes highly responsive to suggestions. If the person is profoundly responsive he/she sees, feels, smells and tastes in accordance with the suggestions given, even though these may be in direct contradiction to the actual stimuli that impinge upon the person. Furthermore, memory and awareness of self can be altered by suggestions.”
All of these effects may be extended post hypnotically into the individual’s subsequent
It is as if suggestions given during hypnosis come to define the individual’s perception of the
In this sense, the phenomenon has been described as a “believed-in fantasy.”
Hypnosis is Literally:
an induced sleep-like state in which a person more readily accepts the hypnotist’s suggestions
an altered state of consciousness
voluntary acceptance of a suggestion
This is how we describe hypnosis to HypnoBirthing® families:
Hypnosis allows us, like using a zoom lens on a camera, to explore and examine beliefs, experiences and habits that are less than clear on a conscious level. It provides the ability to “zoom” in on limiting thoughts and release those that could interfere with the smooth, easy and calm birth that couples desire.
Basic Qualities of a good HypnoBirthing® Practitioner
Ability to establish rapport with people
A passion for life - his own and the client’s
Intellect and curiosity
A motivation to serve, but free of the “mission complex”
A non-biased approach, allowing him/herself to be open-minded and non-judgmental.
The humility to see him/herself as a facilitator, not a miracle worker
A commitment to ethics and integrity
A philosophy this is eclectic or at least flexible
The ability to sympathize without seeing the client as helpless
A balanced sense of his/her own worth
A commitment to the concept of confidentiality and trust
The security to empower the client with credit for her own successes
Creativity and quick mindedness
The ability to recognize professional standards over personal issues
A staunch dedication to the well-being of the client
Brain Wave Frequencies
Brain waves occur at different frequencies, which is the number of times a wave repeats itself within a second
Hypnosis and the Subconscious Mind
Beta activity is "fast" activity. It has a frequency of 14 Hz and greater. The normal, awake, conscious activity of the brain is the Beta brain-wave state.
It is the state when we are listening, thinking and processing information about the world around us.
Emotional sensations in the beta state include anger, worry, fear, anxiety, tension, and surprise.
Beta brain wave-state (14-30 Hz)
Alpha waves are those between 7.5 Hz and 13 Hz and will peak around 10 Hz.
The alpha state is the beginning of relaxation. In this state, the mind is relaxed but alert. It is a state of passive awareness, composure, and of physical and mental relaxation.
Emotional sensations in the alpha state include a sense of well-being, pleasure and tranquility.
Alpha appears to bridge the conscious to the subconscious.
Alpha brain-wave state (8-13 Hz)
The Theta state is one of tranquility, creativity and very deep relaxation which reflects the state between wakefulness and sleep.
Emotional sensations experienced in Theta include restful alertness, uncertainty, daydreaming and deep tranquility.
Theta waves are strong during internal focus, meditation, prayer, and spiritual awareness.
Theta brain-wave state (4-8 Hz)
The delta state is associated with the deepest stages of sleep or the deepest level of hypnosis (somnambulism)
Delta brain wave state (0.05-4 Hz)
When first going to bed, you might be in the Beta state.
If reading for a few minutes before attempting sleep, you would drop to low Beta.
Once the book is put down and the lights are turned off and you lie back to fall asleep, the
brain-wave state will descend from Beta to Alpha, down to Theta and finally, and lastly, into the deep of Delta.
How you have experiences brain wave states:
TIP to remember waves: think Be (beta) At (alpha) The (theta)
What exactly is the mind?
The mind has two parts: the conscious and the subconscious
The conscious mind is:
analytical and is provoked by thought...it’s language is WORDS
The subconscious mind is:
like a computer – accepting, emotional, illogical, motivated to work for the individual (right or wrong)...it’s language is IMAGINATION, VISUALIZATION, METAPHOR
It used to be thought that a child came into the world with a “blank disk” on the conscious level
We now know that is not true and that babies begin experiencing emotions before birth.
As a baby develops it becomes environmentally conditioned and learns through observation and experience. These become message units that are input into the subconscious and stored.
Positive messages= positive imprint
Negative messages= negative imprint
It’s all recorded ... repetitive messages create conditioning that results in attitude,
beliefs and behaviors
The First Law of Positive Psychology
Whatever you reinforce, you get more of
The Critical Bypass Factor