I hope you are all well, and looking forward to the summer in this beautiful month of May!
I have been busy seeing clients and learning some new things myself! We therapists regularly go on training days to update our knowledge and they are usually fascinating, so I thought I would share one with you....
Self - Hypnosis for Pain

I recently went on a training day for self - hypnosis for pain management - yes really!

Hypnosis really can help us cope with pain, pain of all kinds. It is now becoming much more commonly used successfully in childbirth. On the course we learned how to numb any part of our body while we were relaxed and in a trance state - and it works! Like anything new it takes some practice, but the more you do it the easier it gets.

We saw a video of our trainer at the dentist having root canal work performed on her, without anaesthesia, while she was using self - hypnosis. Something to work towards!

I have had a chance to practice on myself recently as I hurt my back, and I used self - hypnosis for the pain in order to help me get to sleep at night. It did work, and it was a great feeling to know that I could control the pain. Obviously we need to know the cause of the pain first, so we can know what the correct treatment for it is, but it does mean that we may not need those painkillers every time.

We really can use our brain to take control!

Ollie and His Superpowers!

I am pleased to say that I recently qualified as an Ollie Coach, and if you haven't heard about Ollie,he is the creation of Alison Knowles (no relation I am afraid..) who is a hypnotherapist and she invented Ollie in order to work more closely and successfully with children who need help with problems of self-esteem, fears, anxiety, and low confidence. it seems many children are now showing signs of stress.

Ollie is a little boy with Superpowers, and he features in the books Alison has written for children to help them understand that they too have Superpowers, that they can overcome problems and fears, because their Superpowers are their emotions and their strengths.

These books are available from the Ollie website (link below), and children really do enjoy them and learn so much about themselves from them.

Ollie coaches are increasingly found working in schools and hospitals, anywhere there are children who need help. If you know of a school that would like to get help from Ollie, please tell them to contact  Alison Knowles through her website - the link is below, and she will be happy to visit and explain how we work, and how we can help. She does a very entertaining assembly....

I also use Ollie in my private practice so you can always contact me too if you want to know more.

I write a blog from time to time, and the latest one is about the conversations we have with ourselves...
  Did you know.... Chronic Stress can prematurely age your brain.

There’s always going to be stress in the environment, and aside from the obvious — no one wants his or her brain to age faster than it’s already going to — research suggests that you have some influence over the rate of your own cognitive change:

  • Take a five-minute period in the middle of every day during which you do absolutely nothing — nothing! — can help a lot, especially if you are consistent about it.
  • Eat breakfast every day — complex carbohydrates (whole grains, veggies) and some protein. Breakfast helps your metabolism feel like it won’t be stressed — caught up in a starvation-gluttony pattern.
  • If anxiety does strike, a good way to initiate the relaxation response is the “four-five breath” routine: breathing in through the nose to a count of four, then out through the mouth to a count of five. Repeat it four times and you’ll feel the relaxation. Best of all, do the four breaths twice daily, at the beginning and end of the day.

Meditation Rewires Your Brain

Research from the University of Wisconsin has found that of all the mental trainings — affirmations, psychotherapy, positive thinking, yoga — the one that has been far and away the most studied, in terms of effects on the brain, is meditation.  Studies have shown that a high ratio of activity in the left pre-frontal areas of the brain can mark either a fleeting positive mood or a more ingrained positive outlook.

a thought...

"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day."

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Ros Knowles
Solution Focused Hypnotherapist