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R is for Relaxation

What do you think of when you hear the word hypnosis? For most people, it is seen as a very odd thing that might make you say or do something that is embarrassing or that you would rather not do or say, and that you might get stuck in this state. This comes from stage hypnosis. ⠀⠀ Hypnosis is simply words; words used in a more positive and focused way to help us let go of some of the negatives we have all acquired in life. Hypnosis simply means that when we are very relaxed, the conscious part of our minds will move to one side allowing the unconscious part of our minds to receive beneficial suggestions. ⠀⠀ Fun fact: We all enter hypnosis at least twice daily, when we are falling asleep and when we awaken. Hypnosis is often described as being akin to sleep. ⠀⠀ In 1955, it was concluded that hypnosis is an effective method of relieving pain in childbirth without altering the normal course of labour. In other words it was approved as official BMA (British Medical Association) policy. ⠀⠀ With each Hypnobirthing & Me course we practise relaxations. A positive mental attitude going into birth will make a difference to your birth experience. It is important that the relaxation scripts are practised throughout pregnancy and can even be used in early labour also. Note: these are not to be played in the car when driving to the hospital. ⠀⠀ What’s good for Mum is good for baby.

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