1. Who can be hypnotised?
Pretty much anyone can be hypnotised; the only requirement is that you wish you be hypnotised. However, Pollydots Therapy will not conduct hypnotherapy sessions with children younger than five years of age or those with severe mental disabilities.
2. What happens during hypnosis?
Once hypnotised you are in an alternative state of consciousness with a narrow focus of attention. You have absolute control over your body and can hear everything being said, so you can’t be made to do or say anything that you don’t want to.
3. Will it be like going to sleep?
No, it’s the opposite of sleeping. Under hypnosis you are in a state of hypersensitivity where all of your senses are enhanced. However, as you will be focusing on the words I will be saying to you, outside sounds will seem to fade away.
4. Can I get stuck under hypnosis?
No. It is your choice to be hypnotised, and you can easily choose to end it. Unlike a Hollywood film, there is no ‘trance’ and you will not be under anyone else’s control. All professional therapists are trained to awaken their clients. Even if you were left under hypnosis, you would soon return to full consciousness on your own, or naturally enter sleep and awaken after a nap.
5. Is hypnosis dangerous?
Hypnosis is no more dangerous than watching TV on your sofa. It doesn’t work like a truth serum and you can’t be made to do anything you don’t wish to do. The only (positive) side effect is that you will feel relaxed afterwards.
6. Are drugs used?
No, Hypnosis is completely natural, safe, non-addictive and has no negative side effects.
7. Will I remember what happens during hypnosis?
Yes, people generally remember everything they say during their session.
8. Is hypnosis suitable for children?
Yes, as long as children can understand what is being said and follow the instructions I give them (please note that i therefore don’t work with children under five years of age.) However, children can benefit from relaxation just like adults can.
9. How many sessions do I need?
The number of sessions will depend on your individual needs.
10. Are audio CDs as effective as one-on-one sessions?
Everyone responds differently to hypnosis, so because of the lack of individualisation CDs provide, they have a lower success rate than live sessions.
1. Will my birth be painless?
To be fully effective, hypnobirth techniques require dedication, willpower and practice. The majority of women report feeling the sensations of labour but because they are relaxed, labour is faster and more comfortable.
2. Is hypnobirthing safe?
As hypnobirthing involves hypnosis, which is merely the therapeutic use of a person’s daydreaming state, it is perfectly safe.
3. Can I use hypnobirth even if I have a planned Caesarean?
Yes, as hypnobirthing techniques can help you to sleep towards the end of pregnancy, keep you calm and relaxed both before and during your surgery, and help you to control the pain as you heal. It can offer support in the early days of breastfeeding and has been reported to help prevent postnatal depression due to the focus it places on bonding with your baby.
4. Is it true that babies born using hypnobirth sleep better?
Yes, they tend to sleep better, feed better and experience less trauma as they are gently brought into the world at their own pace.
5. When should I start the hypnobirthing course?
When you start classes is up to you, but you must have started at least eight weeks before your expected date of delivery. I typically recommend beginning classes between weeks 20-30 of your pregnancy so that you have ample time to practice the techniques.
6. What if my birth does not go according to plan?
Babies come when they are ready. Whatever happens, you will learn to stay calm and in control to achieve a positive birth.