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Hypnosis for Obesity

Tracy Stein Phd MPH, in an excellent article published on the Psychoogy Today website describes how hypnosis can help in battling obesity, this way:

Hypnosis can help you understand unconscious barriers to weight loss and enhance your chances of success via a variety of types of positive suggestion. Some examples include:

  • Development of an “inner ally” to help support you in making potentially challenging, but necessary changes.
  • Enhancing competence and confidence via encouraging, affirming language.
  • Visualization of already having achieved your goal and feeling good about it.
  • Accessing and partnering with the part of your unconscious that wants to make change.
  • Comforting the part of you that may be afraid of change.
  • Understanding why you have needed to use weight as a tool.
  • Reframing the previous “use” of eating as a tool that can now be safely retired.
  • Visualization of the new, healthier “tools” for coping, navigating personal relationships, and communicating effectively.
  • Mental rehearsal to make using healthy tools more automatic.”

You can read the entire posting here.

The Science Behind Hypnosis

Earlier this year a study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (published under the American Psychological Association) that found hypnosis can have profound effects on executive function – the cognitive processes that regulate our goals as well as the thought processes and actions oriented towards achieving those goals…

Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Cognition has conducted a series of experiments that puts new, solid science behind hypnotherapy and its effectiveness.

You can read the complete article HERE

Hypnotherapy for Hair Pulling

Recent research in Israel confirms that hypnotherapy is a highly effective, side effect free way of helping the sufferer to stop the behavior.

You can read here a recent paper that describes three case studies where trichotillomania was effectively treated with hypnosis.

At my practice in Highgate Hill in Brisbane I often see young people struggling with the stresses of growing up in today’s challenging world, who find themselves pulling their hair.

I’ve found that Hypnotherapy consistently achieves lasting success.

In addition, I use hypnosis to address the underlying causes and teach clients stress management techniques to eliminate the need for hair pulling.

If you would like to know more, you can contact me here. I will be happy to answer your question, of course, with no obligation.

Hypnotherapy and the Immune System

“In fact, the brain and the nervous system weave into all the tissues of the body and affect them in very important ways. And because of the two way street that connects the mind and psychology with physiology and biology, the mind itself can affect the body in many powerful ways.

One neat way to personally experience this amazing mind-body connection is with a method first used in hypnosis called Chevruel’s pendulum. If you’d like to give it a try, tie a small, lightly weighted object (like a metal nut or bolt) to a thread about 12 inches long. Then hold the tip of the thread between your index finger and thumb so the object hangs straight down. Next, place the elbow of your arm holding the thread on a surface like a table top while sitting so the object hangs about ¼ inch above the surface. Sit up straight and let your fingers holding thread hover about 6 inches in front of your nose…”

This is an an excerpt from an excellent article published in Psychology Today by Clifford Lazarus PhD, the Director of the Lazarus Institute, that describes a simple experiment you can do at home to show how the mind directly influences the body.

It goes on to explain how visualisation can boost the immune system 

It’s well worth a read and you can find the entire article here.

Hypnotherapy in The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety occurs in modern societies in almost epidemic numbers. One of the great problems in addressing this is that many of the stressors we encounter in everyday life realistically either cannot be removed, or would require making major, often unacceptable, changes in our lifestyle.

An example of this is worrying about losing our jobs to automation. For so many of us, the risk is real, but often there is little we can do to reduce this risk.

So, we struggle on, but with that nagging fear in our minds. But as we’re constantly bombarded by negative stories via the evening news and social media, our anxiety levels rise, until it finally manifests, perhaps as insomnia, hair pulling or horrible pains in our chest or stomach.

So, the first question that arises is, if we cannot remove the stressors, can we do something about the terrible symptoms of anxiety?

The answer is definitely  yes.

We can see the doctor and get a prescription. there are effective drugs,  but they all carry the risks of side effects and, in some cases, addiction. Also, there is evidence that some of the drugs used to treat anxiety can negatively effect our mental and physical performance.

There is growing evidence that exercise and dietary improvements help reduce anxiety symptoms. A major benefit of using exercise and diet, is that while, helping to reduce the anxiety, they also provide major benefits to our overall health, fitness and risk of acquiring degenerative diseases.

But what if they’re not enough to get the job done? Or, what if the sufferers circumstances limit the use of these approaches?

Hypnotherapy is a proven, side effect free way of treating anxiety. And when delivered by a skilled therapist, it has an extremely high success rate.

A second, and equally important question related to anxiety is, why do some experiences or circumstances causes some people to experience debilitating anxiety while others remain unaffected.

One major reason for this is that a situation or experience often triggers anxiety because it relates to an earlier life experience. Such experiences may be recent or may have occurred long ago, even in childhood. The sufferer may have completely forgotten about an early life event, yet it may be profoundly affecting his or her life.

This is what makes hypnotherapy such a useful tool in treating this condition. A Hypnotherapist can use a technique called Age Regression to resolve that early event. Often, this alone is enough to bring the anxiety levels down.

The therapist doesn’t need to even know what the event causing all the problems actually was. This is because the event is doing its harm at the subconscious level, (which is why the sufferer often has no recollection of the event), and that is precisely where hypnosis operates.

Hypnotherapy is a highly effective treatment modality for anxiety, and, best of all, it is side effect free.

 

 

 

Hypnosis for Pain Management

“The empirical support for hypnosis for chronic pain management has flourished over the past two decades. Clinical trials show that hypnosis is effective for reducing chronic pain, although outcomes vary between individuals. The findings from these clinical trials also show that hypnotic treatments have a number of positive effects beyond pain control. Neurophysiological studies reveal that hypnotic analgesia has clear effects on brain and spinal-cord functioning that differ as a function of the specific hypnotic suggestions made, providing further evidence for the specific effects of hypnosis. The research results have important implications for how clinicians can help their clients experience maximum benefits from hypnosis and treatments that include hypnotic components.”

This is the abstract from an excellent article* describing how hypnosis can be a highly effective adjunct therapy in pain management,

You can read the entire article here

At my practice in Highgate Hill, I  consistently achieve excellent results with helping my clients to effectively and positively overcome chronic pain.

To learn more, you can find my contact details here. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about how hypnotherapy can help you to overcome your chronic pain.

*    Hypnotic Approaches for Chronic Pain Management – Clinical Implications of Recent Research Findings. Mark P. Jensen and David R. Patterson, University of Washington

Foods that Harm our Health

Here is a very good article that explains in a way that you don’t need to be a chemist to understand, the link between certain foods and cancer risk.

What I found really disturbing is how food manufacturers use tricks to enable them to poison us without our knowing about it.

Well worth a read.

If you’d like to consume less of these foods, but you’re finding it a struggle, hypnotherapy can really help.

You see, much of what and how we eat is a matter of habit. Often these habits have become deeply ingrained in our subconscious over our entire lifetimes. They’re not easy to change.

Hypnotherapy is on of the most effective ways known to achieve lasting changes to habitual behaviour.

And best of all, it’s side effect free.

If you’d like to know more, you can contact me HERE. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and there’s no obligation.

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We can begin identifying cancer-causing foods once we recognize which ingredients in our food cause cancer. Some of these ingredients are food additives and chemicals used to enhance taste, while others are used strictly for appearance or to increase product shelf life.

Cancer tumors develop, in part, by feeding on sugar in the bloodstream. If you eat lots of sugary snacks loaded with simple carbs, you’re loading your bloodstream with the chemical energy needed for cancer cells (and tumors) to proliferate. No biological system can live without fuel for its chemical processes, including cancer cells. Thus, one of the strategies to pursue for any anti-cancer diet is to eat low-glycemic diet. That means no refined sugars, no refined grains (white flour, for example), no heavy use of sweeteners and the lifetime avoidance of sugary soda pop.

 

 

The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma

“A purely disembodied human emotion is a nonentity,”William James asserted in his revolutionary 1884 theory of how our bodies affect our feelings. Two generations later, Rilke wrote in a beautiful letter of advice to a young woman: “I am not one of those who neglect the body in order to make of it a sacrificial offering for the soul, since my soul would thoroughly dislike being served in such a fashion.” And yet in the century since, we’ve made little progress on making sense — much less making use — of the inextricable dialogue between the physical body and the psychoemotional interior landscape we shorthand as “soul.”

So begins an excellent article by Maria Popova and published on Brainpickings.

One doesn’t have to experience to war to become traumatized; Sexual abuse or domestic violence create the same mind and body responses.

Maria talks about the work of Boston-based Dutch psychiatrist and pioneering PTSD researcher Bessel van der Kolk, and his book, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

You can the read article Here

 

Hypnotherapy for Sports Performance Excellence

Hypnotherapy for Sports Excellence, as the name suggests, is simply hypnotism directed towards improving sports performance. It’s used by all levels of sportspeople, from amateurs to top level professionals, and it’s successfully used to get better results in just about every type of sport. But how does hypnosis, which is concerned with the mind, help with sport, which is all about the body?

The idea of mental factors being just as important as physical factors in sport is nothing new, and is probably as old as sport itself. In the 20th century, this idea was developed by the new science of psychology. The term “sports psychology” has been in use since at least the 1920s, and the Soviet Olympic squads of the 1950s famously employed teams of psychological coaches. Sports psychology began to be taught at universities, and it gradually became big business, as major league teams and players added sports psychologists to their staff. Sports hypnosis is part of this movement, and can be seen as a practical sports psychology tool.

You can read more at this excellent website http://www.sportshypnosis.org/

Tapping - It Changes the Brain

I thought I would share with you an email I received recently, which – very exciting – explains how brain imaging techniques have shown that (EFT) Tapping actually changes the brain.

We’ve known for a long time that Tapping is highly effective. We’re now a major step closer to understanding the exact process, thanks to work being done by Dr  Peta Stapleton at Bond university.

You can read it here

Also, you can read more about how I work with EFT (Tapping) here