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Pain: You have a choice

Pain serves as communication, to let you know something needs attention. When the pain signal is no longer helpful, you can control that communication through your mind. Most people don't realize that pain, illness and even disease may have originated from  a childhood decision based on becoming safe or comforted or getting their needs met in some way. Find out more about pain management and your choices by calling for a free consultation today!

Childbirth Preparation

The thought of a new baby comes with all kinds of excitement and fear at the same time. Learn relaxation and visualization to put your mind at ease as you prepare for the moment of bliss.  Read our story in Natural Awakenings on hypnosis and child birth.

Breech Baby?

Research your options. A University of Vermont Medical School Study in May of 1992, resulted with 81% of the breech babies with the hypnosis turning spontaneously from breech to vertex presentation as opposed to only 26% babies who turned spontaneously without hypnosis. Call to find out if hypnosis can help you.

Fertility Issues? Your Body Will Always Match Your Mind

If you are nervous or worried then your mind will block your body from getting pregnant. Calm your mind and relax your body so that you become more receptive to being fertile. Release any limiting self beliefs and fears that you may be feeling. 

Need Some Parenting Help  Read the article: Raising Emotionally Strong Children in Natural Awakenings

Living With Menopause

Do your own research about natural menopause remedies. Research from "The Hilo Women’s Health Study. Menopause. 2009 Sep-Oct;16 (5):870-6" entitled..."Do Japanese American women really have fewer hot flashes than European Americans?" found that some women who have hot flashes are able to minimize them. According to an article on NPR/HPR, the North American Menopause Society" recently assembled a panel of experts to look into the scientific evidence, evaluate it and offer recommendations about what works, what might work and what doesn't work at all" for hot flashes. Read about the study and recommendations....

Read the Changing Bodies, Changing Minds Article about Menopause in Natural Awakenings Magazine.

Pain-the Brain's Alarm System

Chronic pain sufferers will try almost anything to get relief. The constant throb of physical pain can become so frustrating that it can lead to hopelessness and depression.
“A recent client had a list of more than 50 things he had tried to relieve cluster headaches,” says Master Hypnotist Beverly Craddock, of Hawaii Hypnosis Center, in Honolulu. “Over the course of several years, he had done almost everything that Western and Eastern medicine could suggest—supplements, prescription drugs, procedures and rituals. Unfortunately, the headaches remained.”

Beverly says the stress and frustration of repetitively seeking and failing to find solutions was complicating the client’s ability to find relief. “Because pain is a process of the mind, it is generally complicated by stress,” she explains. “Even a physical injury seems to hurt more because the stressed mind becomes more focused on the problem area.” The hypnotic approach to pain management is twofold. “First, hypnosis allows a sufferer to relax and better manage the stress of life with a condition, disease or injury.”The second hypnotic approach to pain relief can be harder for people to understand. Beverly explains that pain is the symptom—not the condition. “The pain is merely the mind’s alarm system. It alerts us to a physical issue. If we are already aware of the injury and have sought treatment, then the alarm isn’t providing a benefit. So, a good hypnotist can work with the mind to turn down the alarm system.”

Beverly compares chronic pain to a broken fire alarm. The constant ringing is an annoyance, even if the system’s intent is to be lifesaving. As a master hypnotist, Beverly’s approach to pain management is different. She helps her clients understand how and why the mind is signaling the pain. She then provides methods to change the process and experience of pain.“Relieving the body’s stress is really an important first step,” she explains. “Then we use varying techniques to help people alter their mind’s perception of the problem. Hypnosis isn’t magic, but it can help determine the way that a client’s mind is experiencing pain.”

Because everyone has different experiences with physical and emotional pain, no two people experience pain the same way. An individual’s learning style and personality also influence how pain may be experienced. People with a visually structured mind will talk about pain in terms of colors, typically reds or blacks. Those with a kinesthetic mind will describe pain using feeling adjectives, such as burning, stinging or searing.

“Every mind is different,” Beverly adds. “Our job is to talk with clients and understand the way their mind works so that we can find techniques and resources that work best for each individual.”Some clients use hypnosis strictly for relaxation and stress relief, which can help medications work more effectively by improving blood flow in the body. Other hypnosis clients find that resolving emotional linkages to pain can help them rely less on medications and more on the amazing natural ability of the mind and body to heal and achieve balance.

Even the American Psychological Association (APA) has determined that hypnosis is an effective treatment for both chronic and acute pain. The APA sites a 2003 study by psychologists David Patterson, Ph.D., and Mark Jensen, Ph.D., which found that hypnosis “is associated with significant reductions in: ratings of pain, need for analgesics or sedation, nausea and vomiting, and length of stay in hospitals.” The study further found that hypnosis is associated with better overall health outcomes after medical treatment.

The practice of hypnosis is quickly moving from stage show trick to viable alternative treatment in the areas of pain and pain management. Beverly says the move is long overdue.“For many years, hypnotists have thrilled audiences with the power of a person to withstand something painful on stage,” she concludes. “It only makes sense that the ability to help people do that would find practical application in the clinical settings of modern hypnosis centers.”

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Hypnotic Childbirth

For many expectant mothers, the thought of giving birth without any pain and without any drugs may sound too good to be true. Yet, there was a time before modern medicine when the pain of childbirth was not a major worry. People worried about complications more than they thought about the mother’s discomfort. Risks to the baby and even the mother’s survival far outweighed the thought of childbirth pain. 

Today, complications in childbirth are rare. Prenatal screening tests mean that many complications are identified and addressed before a mother arrives to give birth. These days, the biggest fear for most expectant mothers is the fear of the pain they will endure during childbirth. While some may choose an intervention to ease discomfort along the way, most expectant mothers want to understand their options for comfortable, natural and safe childbirth. Those that explore the options often find that hypnosis and self-hypnosis can dramatically change the birth experience. 

“We work with expectant moms to practice deep relaxation,” says Beverly Craddock, master hypnotist and co-owner of Hawaii Hypnosis Center. “Relaxation during childbirth works with your body’s natural contraction process that is responsible for much of the discomfort during the birthing process.” Craddock, a mother of two, says hypnosis also helps expectant moms overcome the internal fears linked to the birth experience. 

“The anticipation of pain intensifies what is experienced,” explains Craddock. “If you’ve been led to believe that you’re going to experience some excruciating pain, then your mind is likely more tuned into the feelings associated with the process. The reality is that childbirth can be a peaceful experience—but you’ve got to clear out all the myths and misconceptions.”

Working with a trained hypnotist helps an expectant mother learn to relax deeply, and to anticipate and work with the pressure during contractions. It also helps the mother focus on positive imagery during the birthing process, which produces natural endorphins, making the baby feel more at peace.

“More and more moms-to-be want to take an active role in their baby’s birth and be empowered by learning the techniques to be more in control of their body,” says Craddock. “They look forward to having some level of control over the birthing process and feel as though they have accomplished something great by bringing their child into the world in that way.” 

Hypnosis has long been used in clinical settings to reduce pain for all kinds of medical and dental procedures. A number of people have even undergone surgeries without the need for anesthesia merely by entering a hypnotic state.

“We take a pragmatic approach to the issue of hypnosis in childbirth,” explains Craddock. “We believe that the mother can use the incredible power of her own mind to have a much more controlled and comfortable birthing experience, but at the same time, she can feel good if she opts for some [pain] relief during the process. Natural childbirth is incredibly empowering, but there’s also nothing wrong with being human—especially during something so amazing as bringing a baby into the world.”

Most women have heard countless stories of childbirth pain, and in many ways, this pain has become a cultural badge of honor. The problem is these stories often create added stress for expectant mothers, whose fear of pain creates hesitation and resistance, which in turn amplifies the discomfort of the birthing process. 

“Relaxing the mind and working with the contractions is the key to the process,” says Craddock. Self-hypnosis through childbirth is also beneficial for expectant parents that encounter challenges during the birth. Mothers able to stay calm can better handle things if a last-minute C-section or difficult labor situation presents itself. 

Hawaii Hypnosis Center also offers sessions for expectant fathers so they can understand hypnosis and be a more active part of the experience. Dads-to-be are also able to address any underlying fears or anxiety that come with the birth of a child. 


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