Self Hypnosis CD/MP3s Specially for You!

Mass produced generic self hypnosis CDs and Mp3s can be helpful for some people some of the time, but it can be down to luck whether you find one that suits you. For example years ago when we were still teaching, Debbie used well known book and self hypnosis CD to help with sleeping. As the sleep CD seemed to help us both, (I used to wake early and find it hard to get back to sleep) I also bought the same hypnotherapist’s stress busting CD. I can remember now eagerly listening to the track and wanting to feel better but actually feeling rather more stressed by the suggestions being made. It was just not that appropriate for me. That is the problem with mass produced self hypnosis tracks and why seeing someone face to face is often far better.

Self hypnosis tracks written specially for you to use in the comfort of your own home.

Self hypnosis tracks written specially for you to use in the comfort of your own home.

Now though there is an alternative, why not have the benefits of a self hypnosis track you can listen to in your own space but that is written specifically for you and what you would like to achieve? I’m aware of how many people would like to feel differently but may not be able to have, or would prefer not to have, a face to face session for many reasons. That is why I offer, tracks specially written for you with a choice of formats and backgrounds to suit you. These self hypnosis tracks are based around the information that you give me, to offer you the best possible chance at changing how you feel and feeling and thinking how you want to. At a fraction of the price of a face to face session they are excellent value for money. To request your self hypnosis track simply complete the form on my Cornwall Hypnotherapy Works website.

Once you have requested a self hypnosis track, you will receive an email asking questions, the answers to those questions will form the basis for your track, which I will then write and record.

This makes it perfect for many issues, such as anxiety, depression, stress, performance, confidence, weight loss, health etc.

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Want to perform better?

If you’re reading this you probably take your sport seriously and want to perform better and I know what that is like; I have felt the disappointment and even seen it reflected on other people’s faces when I have not performed as expected. If you’re in a hurry just skip to the end, but if you want to know more about me then read on!

It was about 20 years ago that I was seriously into Shotokan Karate. I trained at least twice a week, often more, and ran and weight trained on my nights off. It was then much to my surprise and those I trained with, that I failed my grading with Sensei Enoeda, not once but 3 times. When under pressure I just did not perform as I should.  My confidence was going and if something could go wrong it would and I began to believe I would never make it, that I was just jinxed. Looking back, that was when I found the power of hypnosis.  Back then I did not know it was hypnosis and I was not consciously aware of sports people using hypnotherapy to help them. Maybe there were back then but I think people like Tiger Woods have made it far more popular in recent years. So I can’t remember why I started doing what I did, I know I was desperate, but what put the idea in my head I can’t remember; I would concentrate, zone out everything around me and visualise my grading. These early endeavours represent a very simplistic version of how I help sports clients now.

I’m not sure how or why I began to spend time like this, using my imagination to think about the grading going well in detail. It was not easy but I would spend time at work, at home and just about anywhere I could imagining the grading.  I would make it as real as possible and imagine feeling confident and calm. When it came to my 4th attempt, although I had nerves, they  were far less than previously and while my amateurish visualisations lacked the full power that they would have today, they were enough for me to perform better and pass my grading. Passing my black belt is still a bigger achievement for me than passing my Degree and the lessons learned in both failing and passing have been valuable through many areas of my life.

Although I was consciously unaware of it at the time hypnosis has been used in sport for many years, often under different names such as mental or autogenic training. Stories exist that during the 1978/79 tour of Australia, England cricket captain Mike Brearley consulted a medical hypnotherapistm while the Russians in the Melbourne Olympics were rumoured to have 11 hypnotists working with them. You don’t need to look too far in any sport to find great champions using hypnotic techniques to improve performance. The reason most of them don’t like to talk about it is because of the age-old myth that hypnosis is a magical power to make you do things. Athletes use all kinds of scientific technology to improve their performance including equipment, training advances, nutrition and even applied sports psychology which will usually include focusing and visualisation techniques for improvement.

So you want to perform better?
So, if you want to play better use your imagination! Doing that on your own can be tricky; it’s easy to let sportTicknegative stuff slide in, and that is where I can help you.  If you cannot make a face to face session with me, a bespoke hypnotherapy CD/mp3 is like a super charged visualisation with everything in it to get you mentally in the right place to perform to your real potential. Find out more or request your track now from my Hypnotherapy Website – CornwallHypnotherapyWorks.co.uk.

Stoptober: How to beat the Cravings?

It can be hard to stop smoking as it is both a habit and an addiction, so successful strategies to help you stop smoking will involve addressing both these aspects.

One of the problems with addictions to chemicals like nicotine is the belief that withdrawal symptoms and physically induced cravings will be a huge issue. Interestingly this may not always have to be the case.

During the Vietnam war thousands of soldiers regularly used heroin and many people expected them to have a huge problem ‘kicking the habit’ when they returned home, but much to their surprise around 90% managed to quit with minimal withdrawal symptoms or cravings.

This encouraged the scientist Bruce Alexander to speculate that addictions maybe be influenced by environmental conditions rather than being completely due to a bio-chemical nature. In order to find out more he took a group of caged rats and got them addicted to morphine over several months by mixing the drug with sweetened water (morphine is bitter and rats have a sweet tooth apparently). After a few months the rats were split into two groups; one group stayed in the cages while the other group went into a ‘rat paradise’ known affectionately as Rat Park. Rat Park had open spaces, grass, trees, plants and warm comfortable ‘homes’ for rats. Both groups of rats had access to the water with the sweetened morphine and plane fresh water. Amazingly without exception the rats in Rat Park chose fresh water and the rats in cages chose the morphine mix. The Rat Park rats still experienced some withdrawal symptoms over a couple of days but essentially came off morphine in a day even though they had been addicted for a significant period of time.

Dr Ronald Ruban, author of The Craving Brain, believes that one of the key factors in creating an addictive behaviour is what we perceive as ‘inescapable stress’. Inescapable stress will be different for each individual but things such as homelessness, debt, chronic illness, a job we hate but believe cannot be changed, poor relationships, internal conflicts, low self esteem, negative emotions such as guilt and shame are just some of the common sources of stress that are often believed to be inescapable.

Whether you believe in Ruban and Alexander’s opinion that reducing stress with help you stop smoking and help with withdrawal and cravings or not, it will certainly be beneficial in many ways. There are many ways to reduce stress (see my Sky Blue River Blog), most of them easy so why not try it today?

Stoptober: A tip for Stop Smoking Month

When we have a journey to travel we have learned to look where we are going, where we want to end up being. We learned to walk, ride and drive like this because if we look at our feet we bump into things!

Focusing on where you are or what you want to avoid is often recipe for disaster.  While learning to drive I can remember being told not to look at the parked cars otherwise we unconsciously steer towards them, the same advice was given regarding the oncoming traffic… Later in life I learned to ride a bike and learned again not to look at the rocks and potholes on the tracks I liked to mountain bike along.

So my Stoptober stop smoking tip for today is to focus on the end the result of being a non-smoker. Maybe thinking about what you can spend the money on that you would normally have spent on cigarettes, or having better smell and taste, whiter teeth, easier breathing etc. Maybe write your list down and spend a few moments each day imagining your new life!

Stoptober or Smoketober?

I am sure nobody in the UK has missed ‘Stoptober’, the government’s initiative to encourage smokers to stop smoking during October. While I’m sure this will encourage many people to stop smoking, there are a small vocal minority shouting ‘nanny state’ and claiming they will chain smoke throughout what they are calling ‘Smoketober’ in protest… I guess that will at least make the cigarette companies happy and ensure that the reduction in tax from those that give up will be compensated for! 😉

SmoketoberOk, that was tongue in cheek, and I am not ignorant of the seriousness of this subject for some people. For some the thought of quitting smoking can generate feelings such as fear and resentment so the rebellion is understandable. After all, nobody really likes to be told what to do or feel manipulated. Perversely those that choose to smoke more due to being encouraged to smoke less are being manipulated just as much as those who try and give up due to the campaign. A client once told the story of how he would have given up smoking years before had his wife not nagged him so much about quitting.

For those that want to quit smoking the free help given during Stoptober maybe helpful. It seems to consist of patches, motivational texts and a phone/pc app to monitor your progress. It is good that the scheme is more than just patches as I have read their success rate is as low as 23%, but only time will tell how much more effective the addition of motivational texts and app will be.

Migraine?

Yesterday while checking the medication that a new client was taking, I stumbled on a study comparing self-hypnosis and propranolol in the treatment of ‘juvenile classic migraine’. It seems Propranolol has many uses including being prescribed for migraines, however the study*1 published in a Pediatrics actually found that there was a ‘significant association between decrease in headache frequency and self-hypnosis training’. That did not surprise me, but what was nice to see was that self hypnosis had outperformed propranolol, again no big surprise for me, but always nice to see published trials that support hypnosis.

The trial involved groups of children being monitored for their migraine while spending 3 months on propranolol or a placebo, then crossing over before doing 3 months of self-hypnosis. While the average number of headaches for the children while on propranolol was 14.9, the self-hypnosis group was only 5.8. I know it is not quite this simple, but that is like having a migraine every 6 days to having one every two weeks!

If you live in Cornwall and would like to know more about self hypnosis or hypnotherapy you maybe interested in Cornwall Hypnotherapy Works.

*1 Olness K, MacDonald JT, Uden DL. Comparison of self-hypnosis and propranolol in the treatment of juvenile classic migraine. Pediatrics. 1987 Apr;79(4):593-7.

Why is everyone looking at me?

As the long term forecast for today was nice I decided to take the day off. The pack, Debbie, Honey, Sky, River and last but not least me, trotted off to visit Jessica of JG Photography  to see the latest photos Jessica had taken of us. Driving through Cornwall’s smaller villages seemed to involve more than a normal number of people appearing to stare at us. It was only when Jessica commented on how nice the ‘Cornwall Hypnotherapy Works’ signs looked on our car that I realised Cornwall Hypnotherapy Works' Carwhy we were getting so many passing glances! Never having driven a car with signs on before I had not been prepared for the extra attention it gets. Let’s hope it encourages more people to investigate hypnotherapy and seek help.

After seeing what great photos Jessica had taken and being totally flummoxed on which to pick to be enlarged, framed and hung on the wall, we headed on to Mount Edgecombe. Surprisingly for such a nice day, the grounds were fairly empty. This summer does seem to have lacked nice sunny days and it was so nice to just to enjoy walking in sun and soaking up some nature for real. Honey seems to love the outdoors almost as much as we do and enjoys looking around and up at the leaves on the trees. I often use images from nature in my hypnotherapy sessions, but it is nice to get out and into the real thing every now and again.

On the way home we paused to forage rose hips; the rose hip jelly Debbie makes is just gorgeous and well worth the time it takes to pick the fruit. Overall a great day with great company!