A belief is simply a feeling of certainty about something. However, once accepted, our beliefs become unquestioned commands to our nervous system, and they have the power to expand or impair the possibilities for our present and future health and healing. The ability to visualise is becoming increasingly important in influencing this power.
What bearing does this have on health, pregnancy and childbirth?
Well, we all hold thousands of beliefs about whom and what we are, and about the situation we find ourselves in. Many of these however are false or limiting beliefs and have the effect of cutting off options and possibilities from our life. You now understand that whatever we hold to be true is true to us. Unfortunately, many people focus on a particular situation or illness and believe that things will never change (chronic condition). For example, that believing that when it comes to labour and birth, it’s completely out of their control. So long as this (often subconscious) belief is held, there is a much reduced chance of that person getting any better, and achieving the birth they desire. Our chronic health problems often become embedded in our personality, becoming part of who we are, subconsciously making them hard to let go of.
Scientists now concur that there is a very strong mind-body link, and that we could possibly be in total control of our own health if we were able to use that link fully. If the mind-body link did not have such a powerful influence, then medical trials would not need to use placebos when researching the effect of drugs or procedures. By needing to use placebos, scientists repeatedly acknowledge the powerful effects the state of someone’s mind has upon their health. In fact, it is well know within medical circles that on average 35% of any treatments success is due to the placebo effect, so strong is our inborn ability to heal ourselves that to truly believe we are going to get well can often mean that we will!
THE VALUE OF VISUALISATION
Being able to visualise has also been found to be extremely powerful. Here at Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre we feel there are specific steps you can take to help you visualise your ideal pregnancy, labour and birth:
- Do your research into different options. You don’t have to deliver a baby on a bed in hospital!
- Decide what you want early on. This is the key (see also our blog for choosing your team).
- Next to focus on this, you may want to do something visual such as a collage of inspiring pictures placed in a prominent place.
- Write your detailed birth plan. And share it with your partner and birth team.
- Spend time at the beginning and end of each day, focusing on your vision (visualise). Put on relaxing music if this helps you to focus.
For further information or assistance with these please contact us.