KATHRYN Barton wanted to be “put under” for the birth of her son, Connor but drugs weren’t the answer for her. Instead she chose hypnosis for the birth. Ms Barton wasn’t in a trance, but she was using hypnotic techniques such as relaxation and meditation. “It really helped me relax when when I was having contractions,” she said. “It helped me cope. I didn’t have to have any drugs.” Ms Barton, 29, of Westmead, is one of a growing number of women using hypnosis or hypnotherapy in childbirth. The idea is that they are less likely to experience pain if they are relaxed and unafraid. Dr Alan Fahey, the principal lecturer at Sydney’s College of Medical Hypnosis, said hypnotherapy aimed to reduce the fear associated with childbirth. “It’s all how you use your imagination and what you tell yourself,” he said. “Hypnosis boosts your immunity to pain and tension. The more relaxed you are, the less likely it is that pain will reach your conscious mind.” Hypnosis techniques used included visualising a special place, inducing numbness, deep breathing and time distortion. “Someone who has been hypnotised can experience time differently,” Dr Fahey said. “The length of time of a contraction will seem to be very short and the time between contractions will seem long.” Dr Fahey said hypnosis had been used in childbirth since the late 19th century, but it had only recently become popular and he thought that was due to a shift towards natural childbirth.
Although Connor, born two weeks ago, was a month premature, she was ready to put her practice to the test. “It all happened very quickly but I still found that I could do the relaxation and visualisation,” she said. Ms Barton said the hypnosis had also helped her recuperate after the birth.
I was a skeptic. Why? Because I was a therapist for years. I know how it works.
However, I have a debilitating fear of snakes. Ridiculous. Being in the wine industry, seeing them on the property happens and causes complete terror. So when I heard about Christine, I thought – “Why not give it a try? What can I lose?” I couldn’t be happier with the results! Now, I don’t know if my fear of snakes is diminished, but what I can say is that I have hit a state of relaxation I never thought I could achieve. I am a high strung, type A person and going through a couple of sessions with Christine has allowed me to manage stress in ways I never thought possible.
Christine is warm, kind and has a way of putting you at ease. I highly suggest to go in to this experience with an open mind and allow yourself to let go. I know, easier said than done. But believe me, it’s possible and it works. I look forward to continuing my sessions with Christine. I am…a believer.
I had the opportunity to visit Christine at Napa Hypnosis and I had a wonderful experience. My first visit gave me an amazing burst of energy and the feeling stayed with me for several weeks. My last visit we concentrated on my diabetes at the start of the session I checked my sugar levels and they measured 165 immediately after the session we measured again and it was 140 which is the number my doctor would like to see me achieve in the morning after waking up. Since my visit although through the day it goes up to around 150 since the session I always wake at around 140, even my doctor is pleasantly surprised.
The whole experience was relaxing, and pleasant plus Christine could not have been nicer or more understanding I am looking forward to going back.
You body is designed perfectly. Your body is designed to be in a balanced, relaxed and healing condition. However, in today’s society we are conditioned differently. Most people spend the entire day in a stress state, by Psychologist called the fight-or-flight response.
You probably heart in school about how the early man survived with fight-or-flight responses. Even so in today’s world we do not feel in danger for life, but we do feel hardship and stress. The same way our ancestor’s react to danger we react to stress. We have a survival mechanism which arouses hormones in our body. In our fast-paces world, fight-or-flight is usually set off by worry, anxiety and overcompensation. The body then releases stress hormones for instant energy, but then later leaves you feeling hungry and weary.
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“I received a Groupon deal for Hypnotherapy. I decided to try it. Very different type of therapy, as compared to the standard couch type, but not any less helpful. I have never been hypnotized before and was a bit leery. Christine with Napa Hypnosis was very generous with her time in discussing the challenges I wanted to work on. She took the time to find a focus that would be most helpful for me and to explain how hypnosis works and why it works. Definitely worth every minute and I praise Christine for her professionalism and help.” Sally, Rohnert Park, CA