Hypnotherapy, or clinical hypnosis, is using hypnosis for a specific medical purpose. Hypnosis is simply a way of altering your conscious awareness. It involves focusing your attention inward and becoming increasingly responsive to suggestions.
Suggestions are communications that can be verbal or non-verbal. These communications have the power to affect your perceptions, your mood, and your thoughts and feelings. For example, suggestions may influence how you perceive your contraction. Suggestions may focus on feeling safe, comfortable, or relaxed, and viewing your labor sensations as positive and productive. For example, a lot of people associate the word contractions with severe pain. So, in hypnotherapy, there is an effort to dehypnotize you so that you view contractions differently and so you may use different words to describe them, such as surges or waves.
Hypnosis is a completely voluntary state where someone can choose to enter the hypnotic state or disengage from it if they want to get out of it. In other words, suggestions can be refused because the individual remains fully conscious. There are two main ways that hypnosis for pain relief can be provided during childbirth.
One is to use a hypnotherapist who stays with the mother during labor and helps to guide her into self-hypnosis. The second option is to use a hypnotherapist or instructor during pregnancy to teach mothers how to use self-hypnosis. This can be taught in one-on-one or in group classes. G roup classes are then often supplemented with audio recordings that you listen to at home and during labor.
There are a number of established programs for hypnosis during childbirth. So just a little history. The term hypnosis was first proposed by James Braid in and soon after, it started being used as a method of pain relief for childbirth. Medical hypnotherapy outside of childbirth has been recognized by medical organizations since the s as an effective tool. There is research evidence that hypnosis is an effective clinical tool for treating different types of acute pain, even pain from burns.
Case reports have also described using hypnosis instead of anesthesia for dental procedures, gallbladder surgery, and even coronary bypass surgery. However, today, hypnosis is more routinely used as a complement rather than an alternative to anesthesia. And so the goal of using it as a complementary therapy is typically to lower anxiety and stress. Hypnotherapy has also been used in clinical programs to help people with quitting smoking, managing their weight, and managing sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, nausea and chronic pain.
The brain is really powerful and your mind can have a huge impact on what you feel. In , a researcher named Hauser did a meta-analysis and looked at all the randomized trials on using hypnosis for a variety of purposes. They found that hypnosis was superior to usual care in terms of reducing emotional stress, making you have a quicker recovery, and decreasing your need for pain medication.
They concluded that hypnotherapy is a safe and effective complementary medicine technique for use in medical procedures and that it even shows promise for helping people manage irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers think that hypnotherapy works by changing how you perceive pain.
The theory is that using hypnosis for pain relief alters the higher centers of your central nervous system. This means that entering into a state of self-hypnosis during labor may activate certain mental processes that make potentially painful sensations less unpleasant or even non-painful. Well, in , Madden et al. The review included nine randomized, controlled trials with a total of nearly participants. The studies ranged in size from as small as 38 participants and as large as about participants. In eight trials, the hypnotherapy began during pregnancy and was taught in group classes.
In four trials, women were given audio tracks and told to practice daily at home. One of the problems with these studies is that they may have used ineffective ways to prepare people to use hypnotherapy.
For example, in some of the studies, they may have only had one or two sessions. And only learning about self-hypnosis one or two times and then not practicing, does not effectively prepare someone to use the technique. People in the control groups in these studies received standard care which may have included regular childbirth education, supportive counseling, and relaxation practices. Some participants in the study used epidurals, nitrous oxide, and injectable opioids such as Demerol.
This could have included epidurals, or injectable opioids, or nitrous oxide gas. However, when they looked specifically at epidural use, they did not see any difference between epidural rates in the hypnosis group and in the standard care group. One analysis that the Cochrane researchers did showed that there might be an interaction between when you started the hypnosis training and how much pain medication you needed.
In other words, they found that the earlier you started the hypnosis training — giving you more time to practice- the less likely you were to need pain medication during labor. After the births, there were no clear differences between the hypnosis and control groups with their reports of how they felt like they coped during labor or their satisfaction with their pain relief. What evidence did we find? Authors' conclusions:. Search strategy:. Hypnosis for pain relief in labour and childbirth: a systematic review. Reference lists from retrieved papers and hypnotherapy texts were also examined.
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Note: these are just some of the issues that have been discussed in clinic sessions over the last 9 years. The Hypnosisworx Be Smoke Free with Confidence Programme promotes an 'all-round' approach to helping you stop your smoking habit.
Smoking, for some, is a 'stress relief' or 'time out' - and therefore becomes a habit that is very hard to let go of. When wanting to stop a habit this ingrained, it is important to prepare the mind to accept the changes we want to achieve, and give it all the tools to maintain that change. The programme consists of two sessions - in clinic or online. Excessive alcohol, over time, may lead to the development of chronic diseases and serious problems such as:.
We are a nation of drinkers and often we use alcohol as an emotional crutch that leads us down the slippery slope of needing another drink to forget, to forgive etc.
This may lead to procrastination, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and mild depression. The Reduce Alcohol Programme encourages you to choose certain alcohol-free days in your week, and to reduce your alcohol intake to a moderate and acceptable level on the other days. For years we have seen sugar as such a 'sweet thing' - but it can be so addictive and give us a false sense of energy. In this programme you learn ways. Learn to deal with stress and tension in your life, and gain confidence in your ability to make sensible choices around sugar.
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To find out more about hypnotherapy, or about the programmes or services covered - call Sheryl on for a confidential, no obligation phone consultation! Sheryl Murray is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Counsellor who has been combining her passion for counselling with the wonderful technique of hypnosis for over 9 years now.
Counselling is not new to Sheryl. At the age of 18 she trained as a Youthline Counsellor and spent many nights manning the phones as a 'listening ear' for those who needed to talk in the middle of the night. In her early 20's she volunteered with a new organisation at the time - Victim Support - and gained further insightful counselling and crisis skills.
After spending many years in the business and finance arena, she yearned to get back into a profession that would help people. It wasnt until she visited a Clinical Hypnotherapist in that she re-kindled her passion for Counselling and decided to embark on the intensive training required to become a professional Clinical Hypnotherapist with The NZ School of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
Her Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy is now proudly displayed on the wall in her sunny and welcoming clinic in Hamilton - where she enjoys working with clients of varying ages, backgrounds and problems. Sheryl's focus is to provide a professional service to her clients, while also bringing an awareness to the general public of the benefits of hypnotherapy - and its ability to bring about an effective change of thinking and behaviour! Sheryl believes that continuing to study and learn new skills furthers her professionalism, and benefits her clients.
Hypnosis is a very natural state in which the body is very relaxed. Typically we all go into hypnosis at least twice a day — in the morning as we wake from sleep and at night just before we drift off to sleep. Hypnosis is often thought of as a type of sleep but when in the hypnotic state a person is very conscious, very aware, and completely in control.
In hypnosis the body is highly relaxed but the mind is highly alert. You cannot be hypnotized against your will. Even a direct suggestion cannot make you do anything against your morals, religious beliefs, or self preservation. You will only respond to suggestions that are acceptable to you, and you remain aware of your surroundings during hypnosis.
Hypnosis is a powerful therapeutic tool used to access the subconscious mind - with a view to helping achieve personal goals or affecting desired changes!
It is not a diet! Throughout the programme you learn to be satisfied eating smaller amounts of food - but you continue to eat what you like! Over time you naturally choose healthier and more nutritious foods! The Hypnosisworx Virtual Gastric Band programme not only includes the tried and true weight-management techniques pioneered by Sheila Granger - it also looks at any emotional or past mental blocks that may have contributed to emotional eating, binge eating and weight gain.
In your first two hour session, we will cover your history and association with food; how your life affects your eating habits; and any other issues that may affect your ability to control your shape and size. There are many benefits to this wonderful programme that are explained during an initial no-obligation phone consultation - so message, text or email Sheryl now to arrange your free consultation!
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Or perhaps it is way too much alcohol or sugary foods that is affecting weight loss? Or perhaps there has been an emotional component that is stopping you from achieving your goals - or even starting on them! Whatever your 'problem area', an individually tailored programme can be designed - just for you! Have a look at the Testimonial and Blog Sections on our website where clients have shared their experiences! Being pregnant and looking forward to meeting your baby for the first time should be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life!
But all too often nowadays we are hearing that pregnant women, and couples, are consumed with doubts and concerns over the myriad of decisions they have to make - should they take this test, should they take that vitamin, should they birth at home or hospital, and so on. And then there is the Labour - and all the stories that everyone so willingly shares with you as soon as you tell them you are expecting!
For this reason, Sheryl has put together a Calm Birthing Programme that involves 4 sessions prior to the birth and 1 session following the birth. This programme is best commenced around weeks of your pregnancy, however Sheryl has worked with women as late as 32 weeks into their pregnancy. If you cannot make sessions in the Hamilton clinic, working online is an effective way to learn the Calm Birthing techniques offered. Call or email Sheryl now for further information on how Hypnotherapy may help with your Pregnancy and Childbirth.
I was so happy to be aware of everything that was happening, and so thankful I had the tools to manage any discomfort, with a new life coming through me into our beautiful world. Hypnosisworx gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to go into labour with confidence. I was excited when it started, knowing I could use everything I had learned, and that everything would be smooth sailing.
And it was! I felt like it was over too quickly as it seemed so manageable. I loved my experience of using hypnotherapy through the birthing process.