Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Not sure about hypnotherapy? Read this - Scientific literature suggests there’s an actual neural basis behind hypnosis.

Not sure about hypnotherapy?

Read below Kelly Tatera's informative and entertaining article from The Science Explorer on the science behind hypnosis.

Hypnosis and science are typically viewed as polar opposites. After all, the career of an eccentric fellow in a purple cape cooing “You are getting sleepy” seems distinctively different to that of a researcher in a white lab coat.
However, scientific literature argues that there is, indeed, a scientific basis for hypnosis and mind-reading.
Simply stated, hypnosis is a unique state of consciousness, and there are a number of brain regions affected. As discovered in a 2016 study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, there are three hallmarks of a hypnotized brain.

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First, the activity in the dorsal anterior cingulate decreases, which is a region involved in cognition and motor control.
Second, there’s an increase in connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the insula, which constitutes a brain-body connection that helps the brain process and control what’s happening in the body.
Finally, the connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the default mode network is reduced, which likely indicates a disconnect between an individual’s actions and awareness of those actions.
Although it’s true that some people are more easily hypnotized than others, there are still actual changes that occur in the brain during a hypnotic state.
When it comes to mind-reading, as artfully stated by The Telegraph’s Olivia Goldhill, “You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses.”
In our increasingly digitized world, scientists continue to develop technologies that may one day enable us to communicate completely via the mind. For instance, Chinese scientists are working on a mind-controlled car, while volunteers played the game 20 Questions via mind-reading machines in a 2015 experiment.
While we wait for the science world’s mind-reading technologies to be fine-tuned, are you interested in seeing some mind-boggling human-to-human mind-reading? Meet The Sentimentalists, a pair of world renowned “mentalists,” named Mysterion and Steffi Kay.
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Feeling Anxious? Hypnosis for Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety
Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective and powerful tool in the fight against anxiety and panic attacks. Hypnosis is used to alter the sub conscious thought processes that lead to anxiety and panic. Hypnotherapy processes are used to reduce the anxiety levels that the client has previously experienced in a given situation.
The hypnotherapy is used to change the underlying sub conscious thinking and belief systems that support the anxiety. By accessing these beliefs the hypnotherapist is able to replace them with new beliefs, underpinned with coping mechanisms that allow the client to permanently manage their anxiety levels

Panic Disorder is a serious condition that affects up to 20% of the population. It often appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a correlation with the major life transition stressors; graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, moving house and so on. Sometimes it begins with a particular event that scares the sub-conscious. You sub-conscious mind has one primary task in life and that is to keep you safe. You may recall when driving how you sometimes arrive at a place without being aware of the journey, this is because your subconscious has taken over and ensured your safety. 
Hypnotherapy for AnxietyIf you do get scared you (or maybe just embarrassed) your sub-conscious will seek to protect you by avoiding putting you in the same type of situations. This is what hypnotherapist mean when they talk about avoidance techniques.
With panic disorder there is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition.  If a family member has suffered from panic disorder in the past, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself.  The likelihood is increased during particularly stressful times in your life. Using hypnotherapy can significantly reduce your panic levels.

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by panic disorder which manifests itself by recurrent, spontaneous panic attacks. A panic attack is an intense period of fear or discomfort. During such an attack, a person may experience the following symptoms: 
  •  a racing heartbeat
  •  difficulty breathing, struggling to get enough air into your lungs
  •  terror that is almost paralysing and roots you to the spot
  •  dizziness, light-headedness or nausea
  •  trembling, sweating, shaking
  • choking, chest pains
  • hot flushes, or sudden chills
  •  tingling in fingers or toes (‘pins and needles’)
  •  fear that you’re going mad or are about to die

Hypnotherapy for AnxietyA panic attack is diagnosed when four or more of the symptoms are present. If there are 3 or less symptoms present the attack is described as “limited symptom attack”. Panic attacks often occur “out of the blue” and hypnotherapy is used to tackle many of the symptoms that sufferers experience.
You probably recognise this as the classic ‘fight or flight’ response that human beings experience when we are in a situation of danger. But during a panic attack, these symptoms seem to arise from out of nowhere. They occur in seemingly harmless situations–they can even happen while you are asleep.
Hypnotherapy for anxiety: Controlling the Panic
Hypnotherapy for AnxietyHypnotherapy treatments target the processes that we have learned. As with all learning it is not easy to ignore your learnt behaviour but it can be achieved using hypnotherapy. For example “you never forget how to ride a bike or swim even though you haven’t done it for years.  It is the same for your anxiety and panic once you have learned these processes it is very difficult to unlearn them on your own. Hypnotherapy is able to access these sub-conscious processes and help you learn new patterns of behaviour.

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11 Weird and Wonderful Uses for Hypnosis

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Using Twitter to get rid of writer’s block is a technique being used by Berkshire-based hypnotherapist Tom Evans. In just 13 minutes, Tom claims he can show you how you can use the 280 characters of Twitter and a blog to structure and write a whole book.

hypnotherapy for phobisaAfter answering an advert appealing for phobics to come forward for a TV programme, a woman from Essex had her irrational fear of maggots cured. Before the therapy she made her fisherman husband strip off and shower outside after fishing trips and feared that maggots were targeting her house. "My phobia was really affecting my life,” she said. “Every day I would worry that I would hear the word or see one. I've even got a jar of Robert's maggots in my fridge now."
Hypnotherapy for IBS
Hypnotherapy may be able to cure irritable bowel syndrome after trials showed it has a 70 per cent success rate. Doctors claim the mind relaxing technique combats the condition, which causes constipation, diarrhoea, cramps and nausea. The treatment is so successful that there is an 18-month waiting list of people lining up to try the therapy at Manchester's Wythenshawe Hospital.

Hypnotherapy for PhobiaA woman who was so sacred of fruit that she couldn't bear to have a fruit bowl in the house was cured of the bizarre phobia through a session of hypnotherapy. “I'm now able to peel an apple and a banana for my children and I feel really proud that I actually have a fruit bowl in the house," she said after the treatment. "I used to worry about passing my phobia on, but luckily it has had the opposite effect - the kids adore fruit.
Hypnotherapy for nerves
Learning to drive
Back in 2006 a Norfolk driving school become the first in the country to offer hypnotherapy to help nervous learners pass their tests. Kimberley Mercer, the driving school’s hypnotherapist, said: “It is the little voice inside them I speak to and I turn around those negative thoughts.”

Hypnotherapy for smoking
Smoking and Scampi Fries
30-a-day smoker Darren Corbett had his cigarette cravings cured by a hypnotist at his local pub, but ended up with an addiction to seafood-flavoured snack Scampi Fries instead. He now spends £11 a day on them, almost twice as much as he used to spend on ciggies. “When my mates go outside for a smoke, I sit inside and munch,” said Corbett.

Hypnotherapy for pain reliefPain Free Childbirth
Hypnosis can be used to create relaxation during contractions in childbirth. It also helps to create a positive, trusting attitude toward the labour and birthing processes. Stress hormones are eliminated that are fundamentally responsible for the pain in childbirth. Instead, wonderful endorphins that are your body's natural pain relievers (and nature's love drug) are elevated, thus keeping the labouring mother in a state of relaxation and having a sense of well-being. Kate Middleton is believed to have used it in the recent birth of baby George.

Post-hypnotic suggestion
Hypnotherapy Perhaps one of the most important aspects of hypnosis is its ability to suggest and influence courses of action to people both inside of and outside the hypnotic trance. A suggestion given within a state of hypnosis that will have effect outside is called a post-hypnotic suggestion. These types of suggestions can have a profound and meaningful effect when trying to influence discordant habitual behaviour like smoking or gambling.

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Imagine eating nothing but chicken nuggets and chips for 18 years, a student was recently weaned off her unhealthy diet by a hypnotherapist and started to eat vegetables and pasta. Since she was two-years-old Carla Laban was violently sick after every meal unless it was chicken nuggets, but now she is starting to enjoy other foods. McDonalds aren’t too please though!
According to Australian psychologist Dr Janet Hall hypnosis can help cure women of sex phobias such as the fear of sperm and vaginismus, a fear of intercourse. "I've found that with hypnosis you can get them to rehearse the sex act in the safety of their own imagination," Dr Hall told a conference in Sydney.

Last year a man who could not afford a dentist's bill had two rotten teeth and roots removed without an anaesthetic, thanks to hypnosis. Leslie Mahon from Colchester said: "It was incredible. There is no worse pain than that inflicted by dentists but I didn't feel any.”

Forensic hypnosis

Hypnotherapy for memory lossHypnosis has been used often in enhancing the memory of participants in criminal court cases, primarily with victims or witnesses to enhance the memory of the event. It was used in the cases of Ted Bundy, Sam Shepherd and Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler. In the case of DeSalvo, it was used with the defendant himself.

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

The Silent Enemy - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Hypnotherapy

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Hypnotherapy - The Silent Enemy
Hypnotherapy is being increasingly used to help people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When people suffer from PTSD their thought processes, reactions, actions, behaviours and emotional responses become conditioned to the trauma experience. For the healing process to be effective it’s helpful to look at these thought processes and negative behaviour patterns and retrain the brain. This is basically what an hypnotherapist does on a daily basis. 

The infographic below describes the Silent Enemy and the effect it has worldwide. For more detailed information click The Silent Enemy PSTD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Hypnotherapy
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Indeed in the therapeutic arena hypnosis is now being frequently used with trauma survivors because it is proving highly effective.
Look at these statistics fro the American Medical Association (AMA) which has officially recognized hypnosis as a valuable and beneficial treatment as applied and used since 1958. In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), various types of techniques were listed and profiled in a review of relevant literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. The techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate):
Hypnosis93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).Behaviour Therapy72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).Psychotherapy38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

For further information read the following article surrounding the link between Post-traumatic stress disorder and military veterans. The article comes with some excellent diagrams and statistics.

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More on the Medical Profession and Hypnosis

The medical profession is embracing the use of hypnotherapy. In a fascinating article by Quincy Walters for “The Oracle” - the University of Florida magazine the author describes a fascinating account of how Doctor Shenefelt from the James A Haley Veterans' hospital uses hypnotherapy.

Dr. PhilipShenefelt, a professor at USF College of Medicine’s department of dermatology and a dermatologist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ hospital, sometimes uses an unconventional method to treat ailments ranging from uncontrolled chronic pain to weakened immune systems that make it hard for warts to go away: hypnosis.

But the technique is not quite the dangling of a locket in front of someone’s eyes that one may imagine.
The brain has four main states of consciousness: alert/awake, trance, dream and deep sleep,Shenefelt said. The trance state — or the state one may experience after reading a book or watching a movie and then realizing they can’t recall what they just saw — can be used to help facilitate hypnosis and treat several medical conditions.
There are misperceptions based on movies about the hypnotist controlling the person being hypnotiszed,”Shenefeltsaid. “It’s not a valid thing that happens with hypnosis. The term hypnosis has almost a pejorative scent to it.”
As a teenager growing up in Wisconsin in the 1960s, Shenefelt said he “had a curiosity” about meditation and hypnosis, and obtained several self-help books on both topics, but it wasn’t until the 1990s — a little more than two decades after graduating from medical school — that Shenefelt had the opportunity to learn the technique at a workshop held by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Usually conducted in an exam room, each hypnosis session lasts approximately 20 minutes.
Before entering the trance state, Shenefelt said patients usually hear the following words:
You’ll experience something where you will still be aware. And you will still have control, but your conscious will not—it will be set aside—and your subconscious will be in control. You can come out of trance at any time.”
Along the way, Shenefelt will help the person learn self-hypnosis.
There’s an eye roll technique that usually induces hypnosis in about a minute or less,” he said. “It requires some homework on the part of the person. The person needs to be motivated to allow hypnosis to give them their full effect.”
Shenefelt said he doesn’t use hypnosis as the first option, and sometimes hypnosis doesn’t work for all patients.
I use conventional treatments first,” he said. “If the conventional treatments don’t do enough then I consider an alternative treatment such as hypnosis. There are some people that get no benefit,” he said. “There are some that get tremendous benefit, and most people are in between.”
If hypnotherapy has been deemed the appropriate treatment option, he said, the therapy has to be conducted over the course of multiple sessions.
Typically you don’t rewire the nervous system with one session,” Shenefelt said. “It typically takes 30 to 40 times to change a habit or sensation.
Shenefelt’s patients vary in terms of age and ailment.
I see an age range in my clinic of infants to people in their 90s,” he said.
As long as the patient has the ability to understand language, they have the ability to be hypnotised, he said.
Dr. Eleanor Laser, a psychologist in Chicago, also utilizes hypnosis with her patients. She met Shenefelt at an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis conference a few years ago.
Together, they now co-present hypnosis workshops at conventions.
While Laser and Shenefelt practice in different fields of medicine, both experience cases that coincide.
Twenty years ago, Laser used hypnosis to help a patient break his smoking habit. Last year, she received a call from the same patient. He was experiencing a debilitating, prickly sensation in his feet; it was so bad, he couldn’t work. In an attempt to relieve the pain, he stood for hours in a bathtub filled with cold water and ice.
He went to multiple doctors, here in Chicago,” Laser said. “But no one could help him.”
He then met laser and mentally took her back to a recent vacation to the Dominican Republic. His mind took him to a specific restaurant, and he saw the menu.
I asked him to point to the item he ordered on the menu,” she said. “He ate the grouper.”
Grouper, she said, swim near a red coral reef that emits toxic poison that the fish absorbs.
You can’t cook it away.”
She diagnosed him with ciguatera, a foodborne illness. Laser called Shenefelt to tell him about the case
He didn’t believe her at first, she said.
Since she knew the problem, she was able to successfully use hypnosis to relieve the man of his symptoms.
Laser used a form of hypnosis called memory regression.
The purpose is to help the patient realize when the symptoms first manifested, and locate the origin on their body.
Take us back to where it originally started,” she tells her patients.
By finding the memory, she said she has the ability to “neutralize the memory and eliminate the symptoms.”
Both doctors co-authored and published a case study about the ciguatera diagnosis, and the successful hypnosis treatment.
It will be presented this March in San Diego at the national American Society of Clinical Hypnosis conference.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

An Absolutely Fabulous way to get motivated

Struggling to get  yourself going? - Let hypnotherapy give you the boost you need.
hypnotherapy for procrastination
We all struggle from time to time to get going. Have you ever woken up and just not felt like doing a thing? Or maybe you know you should go to the gym but you just can't get yourself motivated - "I'll go tomorrow" or "I'm owed a rest" .

Working from home can be hard too- you find ways to distract yourself - "I'll just do the washing up before I start" or "I'll just have another coffee and then I'll get going". Before you know it the day has gone and you've have achieved nothing.

This is not new; Abraham Lincoln famously said “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today". And Charles Dickens said “Procrastination is the thief of time; collar him” Of course collaring it is not always that easy to do or there would be no problem.

Procrastination is the big word used to describe this habit and hypnotherapy is being increasingly used to help all sorts of people stop procrastinating and motivate themselves. Believe it or not it's not just laziness that makes you procrastinate. There can be a variety of reasons including fear of failure, fear of success and even fear of the unknown.

Hypnosis is a tool that utilises a person's subconscious enabling them to create new habits and change their perspective on life. Internalising a new view of yourself automatically change your behaviour in line with this new perspective.

This can be helpful when you are trying to change your habits for things such as smoking. If you view yourself as a non-smoker, it just doesn’t make sense to have a cigarette. Your personal view yourself is largely an automatic process controlled by your subconscious mind. It makes sense then that if you can change the view held by your subconscious mind, then creating new habits becomes much easier. 

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In a revealing article written by Nick Clark for The Independent Jennifer Saunders reveals that she is using hypnotherapy to overcome her procrastinating habits and deliver the script for the long-waited Absolutely Fabulous big screen debut.  

Nick Clark writes: The big screen version of her hit television show “is going to happen”, she told an audience at The Independent Bath Literature Festival yesterday, adding: “I’m writing it now; I have a deadline for the treatment.”

Saunders also revealed that she plans to start appearing on comedy panel programmes after BBC bosses introduced a ban on all-male shows.

Revealing for the first time the extent of the struggle she has faced in writing the script for the planned film, first mooted in 2011, she said: “I am actually having treatment, hypnotherapy, for procrastination. It’s true, What my hypnotist said was to get rid of the backpack of negativity.”

The 55-year-old has a great incentive to finish the script this year: she’ll be out of pocket to the tune of £100,000 to her former comedy partner Dawn French if it isn’t finished.
“Dawn tricked me on the radio,” Saunders said yesterday. “She bet me £100,000 that I don’t write it this year, so I have to.”

Read Nick Clark's full article in The Independent

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