What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word hypnosis?
Unless you have some experience with the concept, chances are that your idea of hypnosis is something made up from what you may have seen in movies and books. Perhaps some crazy person on a stage dangling a watch in front of someone's face, putting them into a weird trance, and then commanding them to act like a chicken, which they do...
So yes, that's it, that's pretty much hypnosis, and totally what you will experience during a HypnoBirthing course. Sounds fun, no?
Okay, let's be serious. Hypnosis is nothing like that. In fact nobody can hypnotize you against your will and make you do things you wouldn't otherwise agree to do. You are in charge here.
First of all, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis, meaning it's a state you put yourself in, sometimes with the guidance of another person. Second of all, being in hypnosis does not mean you enter a scary trance state, it actually means you enter a completely normal and natural state, which you probably experience on a daily basis without even thinking about it. It's similar to when we daydream, or when we get sucked in to a really good book or movie, or like when your mind drifts off and your body works on autopilot (ever drove your car, arrived safely at the destination, but been unable to recall the way there?).
What hypnosis actually is, is a deep state of comfortable relaxation, where we allow our conscious mind and body to rest. When we enter this state of relaxation, we are able to work with our subconscious mind, to explore habits, emotions and attitudes. We become more accepting of suggestions, and this is how we can start to create change. When we are in a hypnotic state, we can plant seeds of change into our minds, and over time this can help us change the way we think, our attitudes, our believes, and ultimately, our outcomes.
Self-hypnosis is one of the tools you will become familiar with during a HypnoBirthing course. It can help enhance relaxation, help you create positive expectations for birth, and explore and release any fears or limiting thoughts that might be holding you back from having the birth you're dreaming of.