Can you have a Pain Free Childbirth without Drugs?

Can you have a Pain Free Childbirth without Drugs?

Is Pain-free possible? The research that says you can do-away with childbirth drugs While most women look forward to the birth of their child with happy anticipation, for many, this excitement can become countered with feelings of anxiety and fear about the experience of giving birth. Namely: the pain. It doesn’t help that often women are quick to share their own birthing stories with nervous expectant mothers, who are then also battling with perceived social judgement around the use of pain relief. This results in many women have fixed ideas about taking analgesics during labour, leading to an approach that they’ll just have to ‘tough it out’, pain and all. Trepidation: rising! Is there a different approach? While you don’t have to justify your choices to anyone, what many expectant mothers don’t know is that extreme pain relief doesn’t have to be the only option for experiencing a pleasant birth. While a small amount of fear is completely normal, particularly for first-time mothers, this anxiety can become a hindrance that has the potential to make the childbirth experience far more stressful than necessary. It is well known that this fear and anxiety can also slow down, or even stall, labour. Instead, hypnosis is increasingly being used by women to overcome those fears and remain relaxed during childbirth.  In a hypnotic trance, the mind is calm and the body is physiologically relaxed, as a result the body can create the optimum levels of birthing hormones. In addition, you can alter your sensory perceptions of pain so it does not reach awareness or does so with less force. Sound a little off-beat?...
Reese Witherspoon sees Hypnotist for sex scene jitters

Reese Witherspoon sees Hypnotist for sex scene jitters

There are often elements of our life or work where we feel less confident, inadequate, or would like to increase our skill level in.  For actress Reese Witherspoon it was filming the sex scenes in her upcoming block buster “Wild”. Because the Hollywood actress wanted to nail (excuse the pun) all aspects of the role, as part of her preparation she had hypnotherapy to calm her nerves and boost her confidence with the sex scenes, which were outside her comfort zone.  Reese told  Vogue Magazine that she wanted her portrayal of Cheryl  Strayed “to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real”.   Hypnotherapy boosts performance In Reese’s case it was feeling calm and confident filming the sex scene – I imagine most people would feel a bundle of nerves getting naked on the big screen!   But what other aspects does Hypnotherapy help with?  Pretty much any skill or personal attribute you wish to improve so that you can shine at work, at home or on the sports field. The possibilities are endless, and include: Feeling confident and at ease at social gatherings Being more open and connected with friends and family Buildingmotivation and commitment to exercise goals Gettinginto the zone quicker Increasingconcentration and focus Feeling more calm and relaxed during meetings or presentations Improvinga particular part of your game So how does Hypnotherapy help? Part of the work I do with clients involves identifying and changing limiting beliefs that could be hindering the client’s goal.  It could be they feel inadequate in social gatherings which prevents them from contributing to conversations, or...
Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes with Hypnosis

Preventing and Managing Gestational Diabetes with Hypnosis

One of the benefits of hypnotic relaxation is its effect on lowering blood glucose levels – helping you to prevent or manage gestational diabetes.  Simply adding quality deep relaxation to your daily routine can make a huge difference to the health of your pregnancy and give your baby the best possible start to life. Stress and pregnancy It’s quite natural during pregnancy to experience some stress about this huge life-changing experience – ranging from anxiety about childbirth to worries about the financial implications or readiness for parenthood.  Stress is “a state of tension that occurs when there are too many demands in the environment or when we experience or anticipate experiencing a situation that is perceived as threatening, unpleasant or unfamiliar” (Nejad & Volny, 2008). When we experience stress the sympathetic nervous system (in the central nervous system) arouses and activates the stress response, more commonly known as “fight or flight” designed to protect us from danger – although in modern society the stress response is more likely to be responding to juggling our family responsibilities and work demands than it is from predatory animals! Regardless of the stressor the body kicks into action, and part of that involves increasing and sending more glucose into the bloodstream, ensuring a quick source of energy to mobilise the body to take action i.e. fight or flee. So, when you are stressed your blood glucose levels rises, increasing the risk for gestational diabetes. The good news However, just as the body has the natural ability to arouse and prepare for action through the sympathetic nervous system, it also has a ‘recovery’ mechanism...
Trouble Sleeping?  How Hypnosis Can Help

Trouble Sleeping? How Hypnosis Can Help

To release the hormones involved with dropping off to sleep your brain needs to feel relaxed. We are wired for survival, and this can sometimes prevent us from sleeping This has been great for our evolution, because it wouldn’t have been very useful to human survival if our ancestors were able to easily drop off to sleep when there was a predatory tiger prowling around the cave. Unfortunately, worrying about deadlines or what we have to do the next day is no different to the prowling tiger in terms of how our brain works. The function of our brain’s protective limbic system is to interpret everything coming through our senses, including our thoughts, as either “safe” or “threat” – and if it’s the latter it sends signals that trigger the sympathetic nervous system’s fight or flight response.  So despite our evolution from cavemen, the primitive part of our brain still prevents us from sleeping even when the danger isn’t real. In contrast to the fight or flight response we have a “relaxation response” activated through the parasympathetic nervous system which returns our bodies to balance. We can deliberately activate this restorative mechanism through deep relaxation  And when we are relaxed the sleep-inducing chemicals help our brain to become more and more sleepy, and we gradually drop off to sleep.  Worrying or even excitement (anyone with kids on Christmas Eve can probably attest to this) can hinder this process as it triggers the sympathetic nervous system. Not feeling sleepy ?…Hypnosis helps you relax and improves the quality of your sleep You can learn to elicit this relaxation response, helping your...
Working with a Hypnotherapist

Working with a Hypnotherapist

Working through a phobia has helped me experience more freedom and stress relief by Vanessa Davey, CEO Venus Network, as featured in the Venus Magazine, Winter 2014 Before working with Rebecca ~ the problem An incident when I was eleven years old left me with a phobia of staying home alone overnight. My 15 year old sister and I were home alone one evening when I heard a noise outside our lounge window. Not thinking what I’d actually see if I looked, I went and checked out what the noise was. As I opened the curtains I saw a prowler running away from the deck, and the chair that he had been sitting in watching us had been pulled up to the window and was rocking from his swift departure. In that moment I made a very unconscious decision to not stay home alone, again, ever. At 39 years old it had finally become rather inconvenient to feel this way. No matter how many coaching conversations I had, I couldn’t seem to get to the heart of the matter. My husband was spending more nights away tramping as he’d recently picked up this new sport. I now needed to overcome this so I could enjoy my time home alone and not dread it. Working with Rebecca ~ the experience It was around this time that I was having a RAVE with Rebecca and she talked about phobias and how we just live with some of them thinking the fear is normal. In that moment I clicked that the petrified 9/10 crazy-scared feeling that comes over me staying home alone, isn’t actually normal...
Your words influence the results you get

Your words influence the results you get

Words influence: what you say impacts the results you get.  By understanding how your mind processes the words it hears you can learn to phrase what you say in ways that will positively influence the results you want.   If I say to you “don’t think of a black cat”, notice what happens.  In some shape or form your mind had to make an association of what a black cat is to understand the sentence – maybe a quick image flashed into your mind of a black cat, or you thought of a black cat you knew, or maybe you thought about the superstition about black cats and ladders. Even if you were not consciously aware of this it happened at a subconscious level because the processes that are involved in comprehension had to think about a black cat even though I told you not to.  Therefore the use of words like “don’t” are negated in terms of how the brain comprehends.  In this instant “don’t” was filtered out and your mind obeyed the end of the sentence and thought of a black cat. So if you are consciously telling yourself “don’t eat chocolate” or “must not eat chocolate” you’ll be undermined by the part of your mind that comprehends what it hears and the part that controls your behaviours  – because it is getting the instruction to “eat chocolate”. How about what you tell your kids (or your partner!)?   When the kids are carrying a hot drink and you say “careful don’t spill it” – three things happen: firstly, their brain filters out the “don’t”; secondly, they have...