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OBESITY – £1bn-a-year problem for the NHS By Diana Powley

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It’s time to recognise obesity as a medical condition and Hypnotherapy could be the most effective treatment, says Diana Powley, leading Clinical Hypnotherapist

It is estimated that treating obesity-related diseases costs the NHS over £1billion a year.

  • The proportion of obese children is now rising faster in Britain than in the US
  • Obesity causes Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke and high blood pressure
  • Being obese knocks nine years off the average life expectancy
  • More than 40 per cent of men in Britain are classed as overweight and more than 20 per cent are obese
  • Among women, about a third are overweight and a fifth are obese
  • An obese child has nearly always got obese parents

Most people have emotional weight issues and if you separate the emotions from food, sometimes that’s all it takes.  There are three different types of eaters.  These types are emotional eaters, subconscious eaters and conditioned eaters.  An emotional eater eats food because of emotions such as stress, frustration, worry, loneliness, boredom, pain, as a reward, as a punishment, to fill a relationship void.  Over 70% of all weight-related issues are based on repressed emotions or frustrations.

The next type of eater is a subconscious eater who eats food and does not even know how much they’re eating.  These subconscious eaters may eat a whole tub of ice cream or big box of popcorn while watching a film or snacking on a whole bag of crisps, watching TV, or maybe ‘grazing’ throughout the day at work, without even being aware that they’re doing it.  The operation is subconscious, not conscious.

The third type of eater is a conditioned eater who was programmed from early childhood to finish everything on their plate because people are ‘starving in other countries’.  In the past, some people had difficulty acquiring food and food was scarce, so these parents made their children feel guilty if they left food over, or even insisted on their children remain at the dinner table until every piece of food on their plate was eaten.  This type of eater feels guilty if they leave any food over on their plate.

Hypnosis and weight management

Hypnotherapy is now regularly used in medicine, dentistry, childbirth, law enforcement, professional sports and education.

Hypnosis makes weight management easy. Thousands of people have reached their ideal weight, without feeling deprived or miserable through Hypnotherapy.  More importantly they have developed new healthy habits for eating, drinking and exercise which ensure that the weight stays off permanently.

How does hypnosis work?

Our minds work on two levels; the conscious and unconscious.

We make decisions, think and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change the habits of a lifetime.

Hypnosis is completely safe. You are in control the whole time and you will hear and remember everything. It is simply an extremely powerful way of getting your mind to do what you already want it to do.

Will hypnosis work for everyone?

Virtually everyone of average intelligence can be hypnotised if they want to be. The client simply needs to be sober and clear of drugs during the session.

Most people can’t tell the difference between being hypnotised and being relaxed. Some experience a feeling of lethargy or lightness. The one thing that people do notice is an inexplicable change in their daily behaviour subsequently.

Why does Hypnotherapy succeed where other methods fail?

Hypnotherapy is a very effective approach to resolve anxiety and stress connected with eating habits, which many other methods, including many diets, do not address. It enables you to change the way you think and feel about food, drink and exercise – permanently.

It can help us reduce the need to prescribe expensive drugs, or for patients to pursue drastic physical procedures such as gastric bands which do not address the underlying emotional eating habits.

So what is involved?

A typical hypnotherapy programme ensures success through 4-6 sessions. These sessions combine the latest techniques incorporating hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and nutritional advice.

The initial session usually lasts approximately 1½ hours, including a comprehensive lifestyle consultation, dietary advice and your initial hypnotherapy session.  We discuss your particular eating habits that you would like to change, why you feel that you overeat, and what you would like to replace this with in your life, for example, drinking more water, eating more fruit, salads and vegetables.  Perhaps you would like to cut out chocolate and sweets.  Perhaps you would like to exercise more.  This will all then be incorporated into your personalised programme.

The way forward

The challenge is clear and the facts are frightening. Obesity has become an ‘epidemic’ problem in our society, affecting all generations. Perhaps the most worrying thing is that is if we do not look at broadening the ways in which we tackle obesity, being overweight, deeply unhappy and unhealthy will become the norm for our younger generations. Hypnotherapy provides a swift, safe and sympathetic solution to obesity and the emotions and habits that give rise to it.

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Diana Powley is a leading Neuro-Linguistic Programming Hypnotherapist. She is founder of Habitbreakers, a UK-wide organisation of professional NLP Hypnotherapists specialising in smoking cessation, weight management, fears, phobias and other negative habits – www.dunehypnotherapy.co.uk

 

Arthritis-Hypnosis Connection by Paul Gustafson RN BSN CH

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Did you know that we all have the ability to enhance self-healing, increase comfort and improve nutrition, exercise, communication and flexibility? This article explains clinical hypnosis and how it can bring relief to clients suffering from arthritis. Hypnosis is easy to learn, you can do it on your own and it empowers you to take an active role in your healthy well-being.

The subconscious mind has many jobs. It quietly and effectively regulates our bodily functions and stores all of our values, beliefs and memories. It also balances our blood pressure, heart rate and co-ordinates each step we take everyday of our life. The negative effects of arthritis extend into many areas of a client’s life, as does the positive resolve and relief of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is the simple process of accessing and directing the subconscious mind to support certain positive changes. It is the language of the mind, it access the most powerful level of awareness and down loads new applications of freedom and relief.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It causes a deterioration of the protective lining of cartilage in our joints. This deterioration occurs due to a breakdown of the chondrocytes that form cartilage. Osteoarthritis affects men and women equally. Most people over 30 years of age have some features of early osteoarthritis. The degree of limitation depends on the location of the inflammation. The major areas of concern are hips, knees and spine. The development of osteoarthritis may be related to trauma, aging or heredity.

The symptoms of stress play a big role in exacerbating the situation. Communication with family and friends plays a key role in managing stress and hypnosis makes this a lot easier.  Suggestions offered to a client during a hypnosis session encourage them to share what’s on their mind enabling them to offload concern and frustration, giving them more time doing things they enjoy.

It takes energy to deal with any physical or emotional burden. Hypnosis creates ideal sedation allowing for sound sleep. We all follow the path of our most dominant thoughts and if the last thoughts a client has at bedtime involve deep restful sleep, they are in a much better position to recharge their body and mind for tomorrow’s challenges.

For those suffering with arthritis it’s often difficult just keeping up with the fast pace of day-to-day life. Hypnosis helps individuals adjust to a more appropriate pace and also to release the frustrations and anxiety associated with any limitation. Clients who routinely relax with hypnosis are more centered, balanced and less affected by things they can not control.

Increasing muscle tone reduces stress to affected joints, which increases mobility and comfort. Low impact activities like swimming; walking and range of motion exercises are commonly recommended to clients with arthritis.  With hypnosis it’s easier to integrate new regimes and to establish positive subconscious connections between healthy activity and improved mobility, comfort and freedom.

The more protection in your joints, the more comfort and mobility you create. Since the subconscious controls the multitude of our bodily function, hypnosis can direct it to increase the production of chondrocytes, which increases the growth of healthy new cartilage. Pain is often the biggest issue with arthritis. Some pain, however, is necessary; it acts as a warning system telling us that something isn’t right. The responsible approach with hypnosis is to only reduce unnecessary pain, leaving intact the body’s ability to signal us and protect us from further complications.

Hypnosis can also be used to regulate the flow and distribution of endorphins, which are the ‘feel good’ chemicals the body uses to create comfort and relaxation. Using hypnosis to regulate endorphin production plays a big role in putting the client in control. Hypnosis can also alter the perception of where the pain is located. By redirecting sensitivity away from key areas such as hips, knees and vertebrae to a less critical part of the anatomy like a finger tip, the client has much more control.

The same approach can be used to attach a different quality to pain. A sharp pain can be perceived as dull; burning pain can be perceived as cool. Involving other senses is one of the distinct advantages hypnosis offers in managing the symptoms of arthritis. Another technique involves using one color to represent pain and another to represent comfort, and then blending the two offering instant relief.

Lastly, by attaching a number value to pain creates the option of change. By imagining a yardstick during hypnosis a client can pick the number that best reflects their current level of pain, and then they are directed to different numbers which changes their perceived level of discomfort.

With hypnosis arthritis sufferers gain a distinct advantage in managing and even reversing the limitations of arthritis. Hypnosis is simple, empowering and extremely effective. A few sessions with a hypnotherapist gets you started and with a little practice you begin to effect healthy positive changes in your life. We all have remarkable self-healing abilities and hypnosis is an excellent way to jumpstart a return to a healthier more active life.

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Paul Gustafson, R.N., C.H. is a Clinical Hypnotherapist in Burlington, MA. His 11 years of acute cardiac and hospice experience offer a solid foundation supporting his empowering and creative use of hypnosis. Visit BurlingtonHypnosis.com or call toll free at 888-290-3972.

©2003 Paul Gustafson  – all rights reserved

Hypnosis and the Great Work of Transformation By Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI

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What Does Transformation Mean?

Transformation is a process of moving from darkness into light. It’s a darkness-into-light shift in consciousness that can happen at any moment. Through it you can make dynamic shifts in understanding to move pain, grief, anger, sadness, and trauma into new ways of being. Everything that has happened in life contains the seeds of dynamic transformation. Ultimately, you can move into the true essence of strength, love, healing, and positive redirection. There is emotional and physical healing as well as support for spiritual transformation.

It’s about first paying attention to the difficulties, experiencing how they feel or sound or what they look like, and then releasing and transforming them by making this connection with a more transcendent state of consciousness. This helps us to view our difficulties differently by shifting our level of awareness. There is truly a temple of healing that exists within. The healing process is a movement from darkness into light, from the unreal to the real, and from the deepest to the highest states of consciousness.

What are the Different Levels of Consciousness?

There are different levels of consciousness in every being, and we can work with them all in states of hypnosis.

The first of these levels, the conscious mind, is the thinking part of consciousness. Its job is to judge, be logical, evaluate and take in the facts of the world through its own interpretations. Too often it gets mired in these interpretations, when it appears that a rope it sees is a snake or when it thinks that everything must be judged. It’s the conscious mind, and we live here a great deal of the time. Through hypnosis, we can view the ways our minds are looking at events see if there’s a way to view them differently.

The next level is the subconscious mind, the data storage or filing system of consciousness. Everything that has happened to you is stored here and cataloged. This includes, losses, pain, habits, traumas, and it also includes subpersonalities like the inner child. You can put it on “search mode” and find out a lot about what’s going on. You don’t have to dwell in this area, and yet it holds its own fascination as the great search engine of the inner being. You can put it on “search mode” and find out the possible origins of current issues.

The unconscious mind stores records of all your karmas and patterns that you’ve brought to this lifetime, such as tendencies to feel “I’ll never be any good” or “I’m better than everyone.”
The energy field is your aura or electromagnetic field. Tapping the code of your energy field can create healing and great relief from pain and suffering.

The crown jewel of states of consciousness is the superconscious state. This is the remedy for all the issues and difficulties of life, the challenges from every other level. In the superconscious state or higher self, you find the Wise Mind, along with love, peace, light, forgiveness, bliss, healing and enlightenment. When we work with the Wise Mind, we tap into the vast pool of the superconscious healing system of the universe, for it is set up so that we can become enlightened and healed by recognizing its profound offerings to us.

What Are the Three Stages of Healing?

They are: Experience, Release, and Transform. The first phase of this healing work is allowing yourself to fully experience your experience, to come to know what’s inside. The second is to release the experience, and the third is to transform it.

As you move through the stages of “Experience, Release and Transform,” you first allow the full experience of the experience, to come to know what’s taking place within. Next, you’re able to release the experience, and then you can transform it.

The “Experience” Stage

Every experience of life has value. Paying close attention is the first step in the process of inner knowledge. It is a process of looking with an inner microscope or magnifying glass and just seeing what’s there. It’s about looking, for example, at current experiences that are taking place in the body – pains, constrictions, tingling, holding – whatever is happening in the moment. It’s also about looking at the mind and emotions – seeing whether there is sadness or rage or tightness or shame. It’s about looking even more deeply at the experience, possibly finding the roots. The roots may be in childhood, or they may go all the way back to the womb. Or they may go to another lifetime, or to a belief or a tendency of the mind. Even as you pay attention to the deep experience, transformation is taking place, for whatever you pay attention to naturally transforms.

The “Release” Stage

Sometimes release happens naturally as a direct result of “looking deeply” or “paying attention.” This second stage is a natural process. Clouds release raindrops when it’s time to let the rain come. Boils on the skin release foreign matter when it’s time to heal. Other times, we can assist in the release process by using techniques such as energy therapy (EFT), which taps away old traumas, fears, resentments, guilt, grief, shame, anger and emotional trauma, and there are other release processes which we’ve looked at in other articles and will talk about in more detail in future ones.

Release is a clearing out of consciousness. It’s like cleaning out closets and drawers, releasing old correspondence or outworn clothes. As these are discarded, you invite in a new level of life. You initiate an opening of a reality that had previously been either closed or unknown.

The “Transform” Stage

This third stage comes when there’s a readiness to shift consciousness to a new level, an opening to see with different eyes. Sometimes the transformation will lead to places suffused with light. Or a profound wisdom may come forth. You may find that deep compassion is flowing or that there is an upliftment into the experience of love.

Going through the three levels allows the process of transformation from the deepest places to the highest ones. One person found a lotus at the bottom of a murky pond. Another felt as if she were experiencing a birth process through a very dark tunnel and out into an experience of light.

We remember that healing is the work of a lifetime, that healing is a cyclic process. We know that in this process we continue to transform darkness into light and to experience love, compassion, forgiveness, wisdom, the ability to stand back and see with greater perspective, and the ability to know the great power of healing.

Some Questions You Can Ask to Assist in Transformation

Experience:
“Whenever you’re ready, you can share with me what you’re experiencing. It may be a picture, a feeling, a thought or an impression.” (Ask questions to vivify the experience…” What’s happening now? Tell me about it. Where are you? How old are you? Is anyone else there? What do you feel in your body? Do you see anything? Tell me more.)

Release:
“Are you ready to release this now?”

Transform:
“What does that part of you need? (Or how can you bring more love to this?)” -Or-
“What resources do you have within you that can help you with this?” -Or-
“What would your Wise Mind like to tell you about this?” -Or-
“What is this here to teach you?”
(Other transformational experiences: love, comfort, compassion, guidance, (inner healer, spiritual guide) forgiveness, wisdom, witness, soul lesson, light, reframing.

How a Man Transformed his Anger

One man named Dan found that he was constantly angry with his boss. He saw his boss as a petty tyrant. Dan stewed in his anger so much that he was developing a skin ailment. It was something akin to hives, which involved an eruption of redness, and which he knew was his anger externalized. He also knew that he’d have to make some changes in his perception, as this was starting to affect him in powerful ways. When his Wise Mind suggested to him that he look at his boss from an expanded point of view, he saw that his boss was still a child in many ways, bullying his way through life. He imagined his boss as a child, and he experienced that the boss had, himself, been bullied throughout his childhood. This relieved the man of a great deal of his anger. He simply moved back to see his boss more clearly. In stepping back, he was also able to view the panorama of the experience at work. He saw that this was a “setup” by the universe to get him to heal his own childhood and his own anger. He felt sorry for his boss. The emotions didn’t affect him any longer, as he moved into a space of the “observer.” From this, he soon found he didn’t need to be working with the boss any longer. He could move on in his life as he had moved on in his consciousness. He had made the giant leap from the darkness of his angry emotions to the light of his compassion.

How Another Man Began to Live Again

Jack, a man of 62, had decided he was a “loser.” He had gotten off the wheel of his own success fifteen years ago when he lost his position in a company, and he had put his foot on the brake of the rest of his life. He now did nothing. He decided that he no longer had any worth, and so his life stagnated. When he came to talk to me about this, he said he knew he wasn’t very good because his parents had told him this over and over. But Jack knew that the time was up for this pattern, and he was finally ready for a breakthrough. Among other things we worked on together, Jack traveled into the terrain of the Wise Mind. It helped him to understand that he didn’t have to listen to this old conditioning inside himself any longer. The Wise Mind told him to begin his life again immediately. Start by cleaning up his home step by step. Pay attention to himself inside as well, and he’d be given the instructions for the daily renewal of his life. Decide that if he ever berated himself again, he was to tell himself, “I don’t shop here anymore. I am healing myself now.” Miracles are continuing to happen in Jack’s life as he continues to tune into the frequency of the Wise Mind. He called this “better than medicine, and healthier, too.” A new sense of joy has entered Jack’s life, as he operates now from a more expanded understanding of his life.

The Trials of Life Become Transformational Experiences

In addition to perceptual shifts, you also find that there is an understanding of the life of the spirit in greater depth. As you move through darkness and into the light, you understand the trials of life as transformational experiences. This is felt emotionally, physically and spiritually. There is a lifting into lighter emotions, a lifting up spiritually so that the great source of great power that lives within is understood experientially. This is the nature of transformation. We are working, as you remember, with all levels of consciousness. All of these are the components of a healing system that moves you gracefully from darkness into light.

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©2006 Marilyn Gordon, BCH, CI
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Medicine and Hypnosis: Hypnotherapy – Healing Emotionally and Physically from the Inside Out, By Linda Simmon, C.Ht

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More and more doctors now realize that hypnosis is powerful medicine.   Why this is and how it happens is still something of a mystery, but science is proving that hypnosis can improve your health in amazing ways.  It can help relieve pain, make breathing easier for people with respiratory illnesses, aid with gastrointestinal ailments and relieve depression just to name a few.  The most astonishing evidence is coming from research on healing.

In a pilot study published in 1999, Harvard University psychologist Carol Ginandes, Ph.D., showed that hypnosis can help broken bones heal faster and, in a follow-up experiment published in 2000, Ginandes and her research team discovered that women who had breast reduction surgery recovered far more quickly after undergoing hypnosis.

It is speculated that hypnosis alters the levels of certain chemicals found in the brain that influence the nervous system, hormone production, and the immune system.  It appears that hypnosis effects how genes in cells express themselves, turning some functions on and others off.  Studies using brain scans and other imaging technology are providing explanations as to how and why hypnosis works in helping the body heal itself.

Hypnotherapy uses relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, imagery, visualization and positive suggestions.  Clients often say to me that they experience a feeling of peacefulness and euphoria yet are fully aware during a session.  This is similar to what is experienced during meditation.  As David Spiegel, director of the psychosocial treatment laboratory at Stanford University School of Medicine and coauthor of Trance & Treatment: Clinical Uses of Hypnosis (American Psychiatric Publishing) explains, there is “some overlap with meditation” however, “hypnosis focuses on the ability to do something for a specific purpose.”  And this is how hypnosis achieves its strength, by using positive statements and suggestions while a client is in a fully relaxed state.  This enables the client to more easily focus on past problematic patterns or behaviors and it is this ability to more easily focus that results in the desired change.  A sort of spring cleaning for the mind.  Working from the inside out, releasing negative thoughts, perceptions and behaviors and replacing them with the positive thoughts and suggestions that the client desires.

It is this technique of focusing and strengthening willpower that is responsible for hypnotherapy’s high success rate, particularly for clients who want to lose weight or quit smoking.  A University of Connecticut review of six weigh-loss studies found that 70 percent of study participants rated hypnosis better than cognitive therapy alone.

Arreed Barabasz, director of the laboratory of hypnosis research at Washington State University in Pullman and coauthor of Hypnotherapeutic Techniques (Brunner-Routledge) agrees.  The suggestions, however, must not emphasize what you are against, but rather stress the positive goals and imagery that you are seeking.  For the client who wishes to quit smoking, positive suggestions about their body and visualizing their lungs becoming clear and free of smoke as well as instilling images of the client happy, healthy and smoke free are the types of suggestions that are most effective.  When Barabasz tested this approach on 300 heavy smokers who had previously quit and relapsed, almost half stayed smoke-free 18 months after hypnotherapy – compared with 10 percent for the nicotine-replacement therapy alone.

Research has shown that cancer patients who receive hypnotherapy prior to or during chemotherapy sessions experience less nausea and vomiting than those going through chemotherapy without the aid of hypnosis.

The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, April 2000 discovered that hypnosis relieved pain in 75 percent of the people studied.

And this list goes on and on.

As more and more doctors and patients are beginning to recognize that mental states and emotional and physical well-being are connected, hypnosis continues to be used more frequently.  Hypnosis can help you to take back control of your health and your life and once you have taken back control, then the real fun can start, realizing all the possibilities available to you, all the directions you can go and finally realizing that your life is a journey not just a destination.  A journey that you can now control.

Linda Simmon, C.Ht.

www.newhypnotherapy.com

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After over 20 years of being a paralegal, Linda Simmon decided it was time to take a new direction with her life and is a graduate of The Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the first nationally accredited school for hypnotherapy in the United States.  For more information on Linda, her CD’s and downloadable mini-session as well as telephone or face to face sessions, visit www.newhypnotherapy.com

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