Did you know that many people turn to hypnosis for support during their fertility journey? Most of us are aware of the relationship between stress and fertility – we have all heard about the couple who “gave up trying for a baby and it just happened!”. Many of you will have been advised, by well meaning friends and family, to just “relax”, but we know that, in reality, relaxation is often not that simple! HypnoBirthing Practitioner, Kerry Dolan, now runs HypnoFertility classes at The Orange Grove Clinic and here, in her latest blog, she explains what HypnoFertility is all about, and how it may be able to help on your journey to parenthood……
She’s open to the ‘woooh’ stuff….
A friend recently referred a client to me, adding, ‘It’s OK – she’s open to the woooh stuff!’ I laughed, but it did make me reflect that hypnosis for fertility is still considered to be a bit ‘flaky’.
Western medicine has traditionally treated the mind and body as separate entities, regarding the body as a machine to fix mechanically. In my previous blog post, we experienced the mind/body connection for ourselves. We demonstrated that what we think and feel has a physical response in our bodies.
In times of stress and/or anxiety our bodies are able to switch into a kind of turbo mode, more commonly known as fight or flight. Scientists refer to this as the sympathetic nervous system. Blood flow is largely redirected to the skeletal muscles and lungs; heart rate increases and pupils dilate, preparing us to face or flee the perceived danger. In some situations, turbo mode can be highly effective and even lifesaving, but it is not always an appropriate response to the stresses and strains we face in our modern lives.
For many of us, turbo mode becomes a habit and this can have a detrimental effect on our bodies, as this keeps us out of the healing room (parasympathetic nervous system), the body’s normal state, where its regular functions including digestion, healing and, crucially, fertility, are resumed.
If we remain in the sympathetic nervous system for long periods we send a clear message to our bodies: this is not a good time to have a baby.
So how do we find the healing room?
Hypnosis and other relaxation techniques can help to reduce stress and train our bodies to spend less time in turbo mode. It can also help to challenge unhelpful behaviours and thought patterns and resolve any deeper issues, which may be affecting your ability to conceive.
Imagine that stress is a liquid poured into a cup. As the cup overflows we tip into the sympathetic nervous system. Using simple relaxation or self hypnosis techniques throughout the day can help to empty your stress cup, training your body to require a bigger event to shift you into the sympathetic nervous system.
‘Calm breathing’ is a quick and simple way to relieve stress and ease the mind at any time:
- Breathe in through your nose, slowly and deeply to the count of 4.
- Exhale gently through your nose, to the count of 8.
- Do this for a few breaths or until you begin to feel calm.
Hypnosis for fertility really can teach you to harness this mind-body connection, allowing you to have a more positive fertility journey.
You can find out more about hypnosis for fertility here. To enrol on Kerrys upcoming course or, alternatively, book a private session, please contact Reception on 01603 631 900, email [email protected] or go to our contact page.