Don’t Let your Past Steal from your Future

Don’t Let your Past Steal from your Future

Life happens, both the ups and the downs.  But we have a choice.  We  can carry the negative stuff with us, like dragging heavy baggage,  making it difficult to move forward or preventing us from achieving our goals,  OR,  we can identify the limiting or sabotaging beliefs  and change them. Hypnotherapy is a powerful ally to change beliefs Forget about the entertainment hypnotists you’ve seen on dramatised TV or stage shows – I’m going to share with you what a powerful ally hypnosis can be when used in a therapeutic setting, where there is no need to cluck like a chicken or dance like Elvis! I use hypnotherapy to help you overcome challenges in life – including limiting beliefs, phobias or infertility challenges – that are holding you back from achieving your true potential or from living the life you truly wish to live. I use hypnotic techniques to help you identify and provide insight to the events that shaped your beliefs and which have formed unconscious blocks or self-sabotage, so that you can overcome past events, giving you more freedom, more success and, for my fertility clients, fulfilling your dream of becoming parents. How beliefs are formed The perception you have about the things that have happened to you, as well as the opinions of others, have shaped your beliefs. Most beliefs are formed when you were young, before your brain’s critical capacity to evaluate information was fully developed.   Up until around 10-12 years old you take almost everything quite literally and as fact, especially if it came from someone in a position of perceived power – such as...
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...
Let’s talk birth ~ part 2 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

Let’s talk birth ~ part 2 of my Birth Hypnosis Interview

Here’s the 2nd part of my interview on If Only They’d Told Me, with Natalie Cutler-Welsh. We talk more about hypnosis for birth, and how it can help regardless of whether you are feeling reasonably relaxed about the prospect of labour or if you are terrified or if you have had a previously traumatic birth experience. If you missed part 1 let’s talk phobia’s you can read it here. So let’s talk about labour. What are the women that you work with afraid of and how do you change that for them? R. Well, pain is the biggest one, and it’s not surprising. We’re conditioned to believe through everything we see on TV, everything our well-meaning friends tell us, is that childbirth has to be painful. So pain is probably the biggest fear. I mean, there are some concerns about, you know, that their lifestyles are going to change, they’re going to be a parent, what are they going to do with the baby – but in terms of confidence, the biggest fear I see is the childbirth pain, and it’s a real thing. We are conditioned to believe it has to be painful, so our subconscious mind has that belief. For some people they might feel quite relaxed during the pregnancy about the prospect of giving birth, but because it’s something that’s been conditioned and tagged and imprinted on our subconscious mind, occasionally what you find is that someone, when in the onset of labour, it’s suddenly triggered and they become very, very fearful. Now when we’re fearful we’re producing things in our bodies, some chemicals and stuff,...
Let’s talk phobia’s ~ part 1 of my Birth Hypnosis interview

Let’s talk phobia’s ~ part 1 of my Birth Hypnosis interview

During my interview on If Only They’d Told Me we touched on phobias and a client I worked with who had aquaphobia (a fear of water) who now happily finds being in water a pleasurable activity, and is enjoying the freedom that brings. A phobia is a high anxiety response such as fear or panic to an object (e.g. snakes), a situation (e.g. public speaking) or even a thought (e.g. if the plane hits turbulence I’ll panic). Fears and phobias are learned responses that are formed as an imprint by the part of our brain designed to keep us safe.  When it perceives an experience to be a threat it learns to create fear and anxiety symptoms next time we encounter a similar situation with the aim of acting as a warning system to keep us safe.  All of this happens outside our conscious awareness – it has to because if you are in a situation that your survival depends on quick action, you don’t have time to consciously ponder your options, you need to be mobilised for action (i.e. fight or flight). Sometimes this process means we can learn to have an out of proportion response to things or situations.  Fortunately because phobias are learned, when you access the part of your brain that is responsible for creating the phobic imprint you can just as easily unlearn the phobia. So here’s part one of the transcript from my Birth Hypnosis podcast interview with Natalie Cutler-Welsh on If Only They’d Told Me, which includes us talking about phobia’s… N. Hi, I’m Nat and welcome back to another episode of If...
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...