The layout of a hypnosis script

Hypnosis stands as a remarkable and advantageous tool for those who choose to embrace its benefits. Whether through a downloaded session or a structured session, entering a state of relaxation might pose a challenge for some. Engaging in an activity, such as coloring, while listening to the script, can assist in easing into the process. As familiarity with the process grows, relaxation may become more accessible.

Typically, a hypnosis session unfolds through the following stages:

Setting the Scene:
Choose a time when disturbances are least likely, ensuring comfort and a relaxed environment. It is advisable not to engage in a session right before bedtime, as the subconscious may interpret it as preparation for sleep.

This phase involves transitioning from an active conscious state to a relaxed, suggestive, or hypnotic state. Practitioners may guide individuals to focus on breathing or muscle relaxation.

Breathing and Physical Relaxation:
Breath becomes a key element, with slow, deep, rhythmic breathing triggering the relaxation response. Associating specific colours with inhaling and exhaling aids focus, while Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) helps release tension.

Deepener – Guided Imagery and Visualisation:
Participants may experience hypnosis differently, and guided imagery or visualizations aim to deepen the trance. Creating a safe space through visualization can be calming, especially when facing unexpected situations during labor.

Hypnotic/Therapeutic Suggestions:
This phase involves the insertion of post-hypnotic suggestions, setting the stage for future reactions. Positive suggestions tailored to personal goals are crucial for effectiveness.

Reorientation and Exit:
Bringing individuals out of the hypnotic state gently, this phase ensures a smooth transition back to full awareness. Counting up and providing a moment to reacquaint with the surroundings aids this process.

Visualising the desired birthing experience helps individuals connect with positive sensations, sights, sounds, smells, and tastes. Engaging all senses ensures a comprehensive approach.

Future Pacing:
Creating mental images of a positive post-birth scenario, also known as future pacing, aids in establishing new subconscious patterns. This involves imagining oneself successfully coping with contractions and enjoying a positive birth experience.

In summary, hypnosis serves as a powerful tool when approached with openness and trust. Each step contributes to creating a mental and emotional space conducive to a calm and positive birthing experience. Personalising visualisations and future pacing further enhance the effectiveness of hypnosis in preparation for labor.

In your notebook, write your own future birth story. You can make it as detailed as you want, but remember the focus is on how you feel as you look at your baby, or how she smells or feels in your arms, and how beautifully you focussed on your breathing, as opposed to specific things like having a water birth or getting an epidural.