Archive for March, 2011
Downloads Unwrapped - March 2011
Hypnosis and your stomach
It's incredible how even a little tension can affect your ability to eat, digest and absorb food. We routinely eat when we are worried, upset, rushed or self conscious - and there are consequences.
For over two decades researchers at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester have studied the effects of hypnosis, showing that it can help relieve IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). The team of researchers found that hypnosis is an excellent tool for relieving indigestion too. (1)
A recent editorial in the respected international journal Gastroenterology states "It is becoming increasingly hard to ignore the notion that the skills of the hypnotherapists should be made routinely available to patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders."
Dr Martin Sarner, the secretary of the Digestive Disorders Foundation, adds: "Hypnotherapy is a perfectly reasonable way to proceed. It seems to work very well. We know that the mind influences the gut in a big way."
The new session Indigestion remedy gently suggests the mind influence the body to feel relaxed, calm and receptive to food in any location or situation. Because the more we can let our bodies do what they are supposed to do in the waynature intended, the healthier and more comfortable we'll be.
Know the state of play in your life
It's so tempting to wish people, situations and even life as a whole were other than how they are. Many of us enjoy escaping into the fantasy world of films and books. And we like to read about the 'glamorous' lives of celebrities and dream of fame, fortune or just more day-to-day freedom. And a bit of this is fine. But (you knew there would be a 'but'!) too much fantasising can cost you dear and get in the way of making genuine improvements in your life.
An important, and actually vital, first step towards real problem solving is to stop wishing that things were different, or pretending to yourself that things are other than they are.
Wishing and pretending are common strategies for dealing with the hard facts of life, and they have their merits. But clinging to them can make difficult situations worse. When we look squarely and honestly at situations, we gain a sense of control and, just as importantly, a starting point for action.
Accepting things as they are can, paradoxically, open up new possibilities and opportunities. The new download Accept things as they are is designed to encourage level 'stock taking' of life as a prelude to action to make necessary changes.
The pain of separation: how to handle losing child custody
This is a major issue for so many parents. I've seen losing custody lead to major depression and even post traumatic stress.
The situation is often worse when the children are young, because we feel they still need us and we want to be there for them too. If you have been the main care giver for your child, it can feel even more devastating to lose custody rights. Fears that your child may be 'brainwashed against you' or that you may lose contact entirely are, understandably, very real.
During the shock and pain of custody loss it's important to maintain mental equilibrium as much as possible, and that's where this latest Handling losing custody download comes in. Maybe facts were misrepresented, maybe it was unfair, but now is the time for clarity. It may be natural to feel outraged, bereft and depressed, but now is not the time to jeopardize the relationship with the children by acting out of desperation, however understandable it might be. It's also vital to remain as upbeat and positive as possible when you are with your child. The new session was created to help parents who are going though this crisis stay positive and optimistic - alien as that may feel at first. It also focuses on helping to 'compartmentalize' the feelings so they don't completely swamp the whole of the parent's life.
Full hypnosis download Child bedwetting
Child bedwetting can become seriously distressing if it goes on too long. In my time I’ve treated kids of 12 and more for ‘nocturnal enuresis’, as the medics call it. Dread of sleepovers with friends, or camping trips away from home, can really limit the life of the child bedwetter, with all the damage to self esteem that can cause.
A worried mother came to see me about her nine-year-old son because bedwetting was ruining his life (and hers). She wasn’t sure if I would be able to help him, because she said if I so much as mentioned the words ‘bed’ or ‘wet’ or anything remotely associated, her son would have a tantrum and that would be the end of it.
I told her I thought I could cope and we fixed up a session.
The boy and I had fun. It turned out he loved cricket, a game I’m rather fond of myself, and was a good bowler. So it was easy to talk about ‘how amazing the mind is’ and how it ‘knows just when to let go of the ball’ and how it’s as if ‘you don’t even have to think about it because your arms and hands know just what to do all by themselves.’
We were getting pretty animated about all this when he happened to mention flying with his dad to see a match, and how much fun he’d had on the plane. That gave me the opportunity to tell him how lucky I’d been to visit the cockpit of a plane once during a flight (this was before the terrible events of 9/11). I was rather surprised to see the pilot and co-pilot fast asleep, which made the cabin steward who was escorting me laugh. “We’re on autopilot,” he said. “The plane is flying itself perfectly well!”
That was it. No formal hypnosis, no closed eyes, just a hypnotically presented analogy not made too conscious. That was the end of the bedwetting.
The point is that children are ‘learning machines’ and go naturally into hypnosis because they are so in tune with their own imaginations. It makes sense to treat bedwetting, as the new Child bedwetting session does, using that optimal of learning states – hypnosis.
All the best
Full hypnosis download Don’t get sidetracked
Sometimes it seems that the way many of us live is almost designed to lead us off track, what with the constant flow of electronic interruptions in the form of emails, texts and all the rest of it.
Interruptions can come from people and their reasonable (or not so reasonable) demands, but sometimes the ‘interruptions’ that come out of our own heads can be even worse.
So you might be working away diligently, about to enter a flow of state of supreme productivity, when all of a sudden you interrupt yourself and go switch on the TV or put the blasted kettle on for the umpteenth time or decide that now is the perfect time to send a rambling reply back to your college friend who now lives in Patagonia.
One problem is that often when we come off track it can feel hard to get back on track, to get back into the right state of mind again or even to find the track you were on before. I have always loved the Don’t get side tracked session on hpnosisdownloads.com because my ability to get distracted used to be legendary. Now that it’s been upgraded, I think we have a better tool than ever for helping to keep people on track.
All the best