Hopefully, it will be announced here on HT, but it is also announced on the HTLIVE FaceBook group page. You may also check htlive.net for notices. The dates were recently posted (Aug 24-26)...
Simply, writing is hypnotic and when we engage hypnotically we tap into creative (subconscious) levels that have little to do with rationality and that's why, when we really suck big time, we aren't even aware of it!
Wait a minute, did I just write that? It must have been my Evil Other Part.
Of course hypnosis is safe for all stages of pregnancy: before, during and after! I wrote this blog for The Examiner (now defunct) during her first bout of hyperemesis:
Kate Middleton may benefit from hypnosis
The recent announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy was accompanied by the news that she is also suffering from a condition known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a form of extreme morning sickness that may cause dangerous results such as dehydration, weight loss, temperature spikes, irregular pulse rate and jaundice. Women suffering with unrelenting cases of this affliction may even opt for therapeutic abortions.
Interestingly, there is evidence that this problem is largely reserved for more civilized societies, leading researchers to believe that there is a strong emotional component influencing the condition. A psychoanalytical viewpoint poses that there may be an antagonism to the pregnancy, which manifests in a gut reaction of disgust and rejection that promotes vomiting. This theory is supported by research which shows that women find relief when hospitalized, but regress quickly when returned home to their normal environment.
Hypnosis has a long history of being used for intervention in obstetric cases, whether it is utilized for improving chances of conception, enhancing and making gestation easier, or assisting in a reduction of suffering during delivery. There is much research that indicates the efficacy of hypnosis in relieving not only mild bouts of nausea related to pregnancy, but also in more serious cases, such as the one Kate is experiencing.
Conventional hospital treatments for Hyperemesis Gravidarum may include drug therapy, isolation by hospitalization, intravenous administration of fluids, and the use of placebo. Placebo therapy involves providing a patient with an inert pill, while telling them that it is a medication. Despite the deception, the patient’s mind takes hold of the belief of a cure and the body follows suit.
Hypnotic intervention for this serious complication may be provided in individual sessions or it may be included in natural childbirth group sessions. In both venues, treatment involves inducing a trance state through a variety of methods including relaxation, eye fixation, or suggestions of feelings of well being and comfort. A feeling of dissociation is often utilized to distance the client from her discomfort. This new perspective is also utilized to help her gain new perspective on her situation and to gain a sense of control over it.
In addition to changing perception, there are several different hypnotic techniques that may be applied to address the problem:
1. Perceiving the nausea as an object and then, in trance, changing the object, therefore eliciting a different, preferred response to it
2. “Dialing down” the level of the discomfort while “dialing up” levels of comfort and well being
3. Releasing any negative emotional charge that may be related to the pregnancy
4. “Future Pacing”, engaging in an experiential mental rehearsal of a healthy and comfortable pregnancy
Duration of these sessions can be as brief as thirty minutes or as long as an hour. Most clients find relief within a session or two; multiple sessions can be used to augment that relief and further empower the mother-to-be so that she can not only enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy, but be able to use the power of her own mind to experience a more comfortable delivery.
A qualified hypnosis practitioner can help alleviate distress from obstetric conditions like Hyperemesis Gravidarum and set the tone for the natural wonder and joy that every woman having a child deserves.
Here it is, Don. You're finally getting me to confess my favorite hypnotic suggestion. I suppose it's a good thing to preface the answer with, how do we qualify a suggestion as a favorite? If it's by effectiveness, that's probably a good measure, so here is mine. The set up involves approaching an appealing man (although this powerful suggestion can work with any gender), licking my finger and lightly touching it to his shirt sleeve.
Then, I whisper, "You poor thing! Let's get you out of those wet clothes!"
Second runner up: "Don't think of me naked."
OMG, I just realized I've posted in the wrong universe! Oh, well...
updated by @kelley-woods: 08/27/17 11:33:30AM
Thank you, Barry! Michael is so appreciative of any help. Although his energy levels are currently challenged, his hopes are high and his spirit is playful!
Apparently, it's excellent because all of the NJ hypnos are too busy with clients to reply! I know James Malone has a thriving practice, for example.
Don's advice is sound. I am well familiar with this situation and with "JC"'s tendency to highjack other people's work. Please let Steven Blake know that many people in the field are noticing and having private conversations about it.
There's something pretty amazing about trust...it can take a long time to create and yet be destroyed in an instant! Without it, a trainer soon finds herself...just talking at herself.
I'd harness some technology for this fellow. Heart rate is regulated by breath, but you don't have to tell him that. Have him download a heart monitor app and focus his attention on it while you engage him in slowing his breath, using a simple pattern. Use the counting of numbers, because that usually helps to calm anxious thoughts. If he can visualize, you might suggest that his mind's eye sees the numbers floating across his field of vision or written on sand...a gentle wave washing away one and revealing the next. If he struggles, you can set the counting pace, or even use a metronome to get him on track.
You want to get him into a rhythm of smooth breathing, obviously, but distracting him with the count and imagery, along with watching his heart beat change, will assist in that. Continuing on, in a conversational manner, with metaphors of self-regulation from his personal interest base will lure him into a more engaged state where you can do whatever you need to, be it parts work, further self empowerment, future pacing, etc.
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