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2018

Spot on, nurse!

“Hypnotherapy is an often misunderstood and overlooked treatment option with no known side effects and no reported negative consequences.” – www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

Make light work of an MRI scan

I recently underwent a 40-minute MRI scan (in a closed scanner). I was not looking forward to it. The experience turned out to be rather like lying inside a torpedo while someone banged on the outside with a hammer! Uninviting though that might sound, in the end it wasn’t so bad.
What follows is how I got through the experience:
First, I viewed the scan as being entirely for my benefit. The results of the scan could be good or bad but either way I was in the scanner to get vital information for my personal well-being.
Most importantly, I took advantage of a pre-scan hypnotic session that was focussed on full body relaxation. The relaxation techniques that I practised were then used when I was within the scanner.
Next comes a practical “top tip”… I CLOSED MY EYES BEFORE BEING MOVED INTO THE SCANNER AND I KEPT THEM CLOSED UNTIL I WAS MOVED OUT OF THE MACHINE. (In retrospect, I think it might have been a good idea to wear a sleep mask.)
I took the offered earplugs and headphones. (Do not expect to quietly enjoy any music; the scan is very noisy with a lot of heavy thumping!) The earphones and earplugs served to baffle the scanner’s operating noises.
I consciously relaxed my body while in the scanner. I did this frequently – from the moment I first entered the machine. I found myself “tightening up” from time to time during the scanning process but, thanks to my hypnosis prep, I found it easy to counteract that by loosening up.
I occupied my mind by focussing on slowly counting down from 100 to zero. I got confused but the effort to correct my counting further distracted me from the reality of being in the scanner. When I got to zero, I just started again. If I found my mind wandering and latching on to some unwelcome thought, I went back a few numbers, resumed my countdown and focussed on relaxing parts of my body.
End result: mission accomplished!

Why take the risk?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. Here’s a good example from a BBC News report: “healthy obesity”. The report concerned a large study that suggested women who are overweight or obese, but otherwise healthy, faced an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. "Our large cohort study confirms that metabolically healthy obesity is not a harmless condition,” said the lead researcher, Professor Matthias Schulze.

Anxiety at work and out of work

Recent official UK figures show that more than 12,000,000 days of work are lost in a year because of work-related stress, depression or anxiety. This figure relates to a working population (aged 16-64) of about 32,000,000. The total UK population is about 66,000,000 – so that leaves about 34,000,000 who will never figure in these particular statistics because they do not have work to lose (or are too young or too old). Work, of course, is not the only cause of stress, depression or anxiety. You will have to be employed to suffer anything “work-related” but stress and anxiety will affect working and not-working people without discrimination – as any hypnotherapist knows.

A perennial week

20 May 2018: Today is the last day of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week – but that’s no excuse (not to stay switched on)!

Weight management is NOT rocket science

Managing your weight is “not rocket science”, according to Mellisa, an overweight woman who talked to BBC Woman’s Hour about “being fat”. After accepting that fewer calories in and more calories out was her essential first step, she identified the bar to success: “It means having to motivate myself and persevere. There are times when I feel that I can do that and times when I can't. I have to be honest, I can't be bothered.” Hypnotherapy could be the answer – and yes, it’s not rocket science: eat less, exercise more and motivate yourself to manage your weight by using hypnosis. The answer to shedding unwanted weight lies between the ears.

More can mean less!

“Obesity has become a tremendous burden on our society.…we are killing ourselves with obesity. It’s a very serious problem yet just telling people to eat less and to exercise more doesn’t work,” says Professor Sir Steve Bloom, head of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at Imperial College, London. The Telegraph reports that Sir Steve hopes to create a weight-management therapy within five years that will be as effective as bariatric surgery but which could be administered as a small painless monthly hormone injection. Picking up on his remark that “just telling people to eat less and to exercise more doesn’t work” is a reminder that there has always been a helpful ingredient that could be added to the weight-management mix: hypnotherapy. Eat less, exercise more – and reinforce with hypnosis!

What’s in a name?

We have been asked why we call our web site “The Hypnotherapist” when there are two of us working here. The answer is that the majority of people telephoning us start their conversation with the words, “Is that the hypnotherapist?” A variation on that opening is: “Are you the hypnotherapist?” So, when deciding on a title for the web site, “The Hypnotherapist” presented itself as an apt choice that allows us to get straight to the point. However, we’ll give the same answer if someone should ask, “Are you a hypnotherapist?” Either way, we are the definite article!
We offer a scientific approach to hypnotherapy by basing our treatments on psychological research findings. With consulting rooms in Broadstairs, Kent, our hypnotherapy practice is well-placed to offer a personalised service to clients from across south-east England.