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Perhaps you would like to manage anxiety and stress or maybe you’d like to maintain a weight control programme through the year.
You could focus on sporting or business goals. Perhaps you are studying and want more focus and calm for exams.
Learn how to manage pain or have a more positive pregnancy.
You may want the opportunity to feel more confident socially and for public speaking.

How could you improve your life over a 6 to 12 month period?

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I can come to your company and present an informative and enjoyable workshop on stress solutions and how to help you, your colleagues and employees feel happier and perform better.

I use the latest research in Positive Psychology and 25 years of studying how the mind works best.

You will take home some valuable tools and techniques and a new insight into how to make you and your mind work in a better way.

We learn most effectively when information is concise and entertaining so workshops can be held in just a lunch hour taking away invaluable information.

Smaller sized groups can be held at our Ballyhackamore office with refreshments provided.

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Bannister and the Breakthrough of Barriers


Rodger Bannister was the first person ever to run a mile in under 4 minutes. An amazing accomplishment.

There was a time when it was said that the 4 minute mile was physically impossible but then Bannister, an amateur runner, came along.

As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualized the achievement in order to create a sense of certainty in his mind and body. He believed he could do it.

Bannister’s time of three minutes 59.4 seconds was set at Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954.

Then something amazing happened. Others believed they could do it too.

Bannister’s record breaking time stood for just 46 days. Others began breaking the 4 minute mile.

So did people suddenly become faster runners or was their belief changed by Rodger Bannister’s success?

Since 1954 thousands of people have broken the 4 minute mile barrier. The 4 minute mile has now been lowered by an amazing 17 seconds!  And while sports science and nutrition play a part nowadays, it wasn’t the case in the 1950’s.

Sadly, Rodger Bannister passed away this week at the age of 88 but his historic achievement lives on.

How can we learn to believe we can achieve the seemingly impossible? We are programmed by others, parents, teachers, our peers and our own thought patterns into limiting ourselves. This doesn’t have to be the case. Using visualisation techniques and hypnosis, we can change self-limiting beliefs and exceed our expectations.

Is our belief that we can’t stop smoking, that we can’t control our appetite, that we have an overwhelming fear about something? Do we believe we are and anxious person, a negative person  or a person with low confidence or self-esteem? Why hold onto these unhelpful beliefs?

It’s amazing how quickly we can make these positive changes and transform our lives.

So perhaps it’s not a 4 minute mile we would like to run but we can always break through a mental barrier and achieve our own goals.

Get in touch now to discover how hypnotherapy can help you make that breakthrough!

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The Latest Research on Hypnosis

After hundreds of years, hypnosis is finally shedding its old Hollywood image of a dastardly villain using hypnosis to control minds.

Thanks to a growing interest in meditation and other spiritual practices in the West over recent years, hypnosis is being widely accepted as a reliable, fast and effective tool for healing and change work.

As its outdated reputation fades, more and more people are curious to find out how it works… and more importantly – how it can help them.

But beyond being linked to the likes of meditation, it has also been gaining credibility due to scientific research being conducted by highly-respected researchers, neuroscientists and institutions.

To keep yourself up-to-date with the latest trends and studies, check out the 5 researchers below to discover the amazing studies they’re doing in the field of hypnosis.

Dr. David Spiegel

Dr. David Spiegel's Hypnosis Research

If you follow our blog, you’ve probably noticed that we’re big fans of Dr. David Spiegel. And rightfully so, afterall he explained to the Dalai Lama the benefits of self-hypnosis!

But to give you a bit of background info, Dr. David Spiegel is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford, and has carried out numerous studies proving the effectiveness of self-hypnosis, especially for cancer patients.

Dr. Spiegel is also well-known for refusing painkillers following shoulder surgery in 1972 because he had complete faith in the healing power of hypnosis. Instead, he used self-hypnosis to give him all the pain relief he needed.

Pretty cool, huh?

But in a nutshell, Dr. Spiegel believes that the brain operates differently whilst under hypnosis, which is why subjects absorb concepts so deeply, or why there’s often a total lack of self-consciousness.

In recent years, studies have backed Spiegel’s theory up – demonstrating that the brain is indeed different whilst in a hypnotic state compared to normal states of consciousness.

One famous study carried out by Stanford University used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to prove this by measuring blood flow in the brain whilst the subjects were in a hypnotic trance.

The scans used in the study showed activity in areas of the brain were:

“Involved in focused attention, the monitoring and control of the body’s functioning, and the awareness and evaluation of a person’s internal and external environments.” tweet

Spiegel believes that these findings help explain some of the things that happen during hypnosis.

For example, experiencing a lack of self-consciousness whilst in a deep hypnotic trance explains how stage hypnotists can get people to pretend they’re chickens, or puppets, or ballerinas, or acrobats.

Once hypnotized, people lose their inhibitions and become less self-conscious, which liberates them and enables them to temporarily let their hair down, so to speak.

In one of Dr. Spiegel’s studies, his research team studied brain activity in a group of 36 people who were highly susceptible to hypnosis and a second group of 21 people who showed low susceptibility. Brain activity was monitored during hypnosis, during rest periods, and during a memory task.

They found that certain areas of the brain worked differently under hypnosis than they did under normal circumstances. Which is a major step forward in the field of hypnosis.

According to Spiegel, we can then:

“Alter someone’s capacity to be hypnotized or the effectiveness of hypnosis for problems like pain control.”

What’s more: this information is incredibly helpful when working with skeptical subjects because there’s nothing like scientific evidence to put a doubting mind at ease.

William J. McGeown

William McGeown's Hypnosis Research

Ever wondered why some people are highly suggestible, whereas others, despite what you do, are not??

Well, there’s a good reason for this.

As it turns out, people who are very responsive to hypnosis and hypnotic suggestion may have brains that function differently.

A study by William J.McGeown from the Department of Psychology, University of Hull, UK, looked at the brain activity of people with high and low suggestibility while they were resting in the fMRI scanner, engaged in specific visual tasks, and when they were in and out of hypnosis.

For the “highs” there was decreased brain activity in the anterior parts of the default mode circuit (DMC).

However, for the “lows” there was no change in these areas, plus, they also showed deactivation in areas associated with alertness.

The study concluded that hypnosis does produce unique brain activity in people who are highly suggestible.

In other words, it seems that people who respond well to hypnosis are using their brains in different ways to the rest of the population.

The more we understand about how hypnosis works, the easier it will be to tailor solutions to individuals and to help them access its benefits.

Dr. Irving Kirsch

Dr. Irving Kirsch's Hypnosis Research

If hypnosis is not all in your head, then what is it?

We know it’s an altered state of consciousness, but what else is going on?

To try and explain what happens during hypnosis, some people have compared it to the placebo effect.

According to Wikipedia, a placebo is: “A substance or treatment with no active therapeutic effect.” Sugar pills are a typical example, although the placebo could also be a piece of advice, a CD or video, or anything that produces the desired result.

Placebo effect describes the way someone responds to the placebo. Experiencing pain relief after taking sugar pills, for example. If the person believes they have medication that will ease their pain, that belief is enough to do it. And that’s the placebo effect.

No-one’s saying that hypnosis works in the same way. What they are saying, though, is that hypnosis and the placebo effect have something in common: the recipient’s expectation.

Irving Kirsch is a retired Harvard psychologist and a leading expert on hypnosis. He believes that hypnosis taps into the brain’s expectationprocess.

According to Kirsch, there are two waves of information at work to produce this state. One is the information from the external world entering your brain via your brain stem, and the other is your values, beliefs and expectations.

When these two sources of information collide with each other, that is consciousness. And that collision point, Kirsch believes, is where hypnosis does its work.

David R. Patterson & Mark P. Jensen

David Patterson's Hypnosis Research

Hypnosis already has a good track record when it comes to treating certain conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome and managing chronic pain.

So it’s no longer necessary to prove that hypnosis works. Instead, it makes more sense to highlight those esteemed individuals who are helping to give hypnosis the credibility it deserves. And sometimes, the lengths they have to go to in order to do that.

That’s what David Patterson did. As one of the country’s leading hypnosis experts, he often lectures to other doctors about its potential. At one such lecture, the audience members decided to put his claims to the test.

They asked Patterson to hypnotize a particularly difficult burn patient described as being “angry at the world.” Despite being full of painkilling drugs, the patient screamed every time a nurse tried to change his bandages.

The young man dismissed Patterson, saying he couldn’t be hypnotized. He eventually agreed to try hypnosis, but then stubbornly proceeded to do the opposite of what Patterson suggested to him. So the doctor changed his tactics.

Instead of encouraging the young man to relax, Patterson suggested the boy become increasingly tense. He did the opposite (became increasingly relaxed) and within minutes was in a trance state, so much so that nurses were able to redress his wounds and even rub sponges over his sores without complaint.

Patterson and research partner Mark P. Jensen (both hypnosis experts at the University of Washington Seattle) wanted to know more about how hypnosis affects the human brain. They studied the brain with an EEG machine during hypnosis to try and measure electrical activity.

When the neurons in the human brain communicate, which they do all the time, they create electrical impulses. And when they work together, these impulses generate distinctive rhythmic patterns.

What Patterson and Jensen discovered was that during hypnosis, these rhythms are significantly slower. They also knew that when a person was in pain, these rhythms were faster. So they wanted to find out if hypnosis could slow down these rhythmic patterns enough to reduce the pain or the perception of pain.

Jensen looked at the brains of 20 patients who experienced pain relief using either meditation or hypnosis. He found that:

Those with busier, more active minds benefited most from meditation, while those with more naturally relaxed minds received the most pain relief from hypnosis. tweet

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr. Joe Dispenza

Dr. Joe Dispenza is a renowned neuroscientist and author whose TED Talk on neuroplasticity holds clues for what hypnosis can achieve.

In case you’ve never heard of it, neuroplasticity is your brain’s ability to change itself. It happens when you repeat certain thoughts or actions over and over.

Every thought or action causes neurons in your brain to communicate with each other, and the more often you repeat those thoughts or actions, the more those particular neurons communicate.

When you learn something new, those neurons communicate, over and over again, to create a new synaptic network.

As Dr. Dispenza puts it:

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” tweet

And if you think about it, it makes perfect sense. It explains how you’re able to learn how to drive a car, or play golf, or play a song on the guitar or piano. With enough practice, the mechanics involved become automatic. That’s because the neurons have fired together often enough to ingrain the process into your brain.

Which means the more you give or listen to a hypnotic suggestion, the more a particular set of neurons will fire together.

For example, when working with someone and repeating certain hypnotic themes during an induction, you might use words like relaxation, calmness, focusing and so on.

But you don’t say those words only once, because that doesn’t give the brain enough time to latch onto them. You say them over and over again as part of your spiel.

And now you know why: because the repetition allows those neurons to fire together, create a synaptic network, and absorb the idea of relaxation, or of calmness, or of focus, so that your subject’s body and mind can respond in an appropriate way.

 (From the Hypnosis Training Academy)

An amazing new way to remove unnecessary pain


OldPain2Go is a once only treatment that bargains with your unconscious processes to ask it to remove old, unwanted and unnecessary pain (no trance needed). Because it is your own system doing the work it will know if the pain needs to be there as a safety system or whether it can remove that old pain message and allow you to be pain free. Arthritis, fibromyalgia,back problems, shoulders, legs, sciatica, in fact any pain more than a few months old.

Quite simply pain is a message that alerts us to damage in the body so that we can do whatever is needed to stop causing any more damage and allow the healing. The initial alarm however sometimes carries on way past it being helpful. So let me share this analogy of a fire or smoke alarm to explain:

Imagine you live in a house where the smoke alarm triggered 10 years ago for a fire that was put out that night. However, the alarm has continued to ring incredibly loudly 24 hours a day 7 days a week ever since.

You cannot throw the alarm away or take the batteries out because that would put you at the risk of serious injury or death and so would muffling the sound with a pillow. So you can’t live with this alarm, but you also cannot live without it!

Have you ever thought that whilst it keeps ringing loudly it will not alert you if a new fire has started in the vicinity? Or that eventually it will need to ring evermore louder so that you are still aware of it and alert?

 So imagine now that someone invents a reset button. It is simply to operate all you do is press it once and it tells the alarm that the fire it warned us about is out and it can now look out for new fires. The first fire may have caused irreparable damage but that is not the concern of the smoke alarm, it is programmed so that the smell of charcoal does not falsely trigger it. Its only job is to alert us to present danger only as and when it happens.

 OldPain2Go Method

 This method works by negotiating with that part of the mind that runs your body. Quite simply we tell your suconscious that the pain is causing a problem and suggests it checks out whether this old message still needs to be there. If your subconscious mind checks out all the options it will always chose the one that is safe and gives the best quality of life. If it feels that the pain is still needed at the same level to keep you safe then it will not change anything. However in the vast majority of cases it will either turn the Old Pain Message OFF, or more rarely turn it down to an acceptable and manageable level.

I can see you in person at our Ballyhackamore practice or treatments can be anywhere in the world over Skype.

Take the 5 Minute Holiday


(From an article in Bam!)

Have you ever just wanted to take a break from the day and get rid of all the stress and anxiety that has built up?

Belfast hypnotherapist Warren York says it’s easier than you think. Here are his top tips for taking a five minute holiday:

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Find a nice, quiet spot where you won’t be interrupted for 5 minutes.

2. Where
Make yourself comfortable on a bed or a chair.

3. Breathe
Take a long deep breath and hold for a second.

4. Relax
Exhale and close your eyes.

5. Release
Imagine breathing in relaxation through your nose and breathing out any tension or stress through your toes.

6. Let Go
From the top of your head down, imagine every muscle relaxing and letting go.

7. Descend
For a deep experience, imagine slowly walking down 10 stairs one by one with deep breaths as you take each step.

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When you reach the bottom, imagine a doorway ahead leading to a wonderful place of relaxation and go through the door.

It could be a favourite holiday spot or somewhere from your imagination. Notice colours, sounds, smells, temperature – making the experience as real as possible.

9. Be Positive
Enjoy the positive feelings associated with that place knowing you can visit whenever you have a few minutes to yourself.

10. Return
When you’re ready, count from 1 to 10 all the way back, opening your eyes, feeling refreshed and relaxed ready to enjoy the rest of your day.

When you’re finished Warren says: “If you fall asleep during the experience you will waken normally feeling refreshed. If there is an emergency or anything that requires your attention you will become fully alert”.


The importance of breathing correctly is forgotten sometimes.

We get caught up in the moment, our breath becomes shallow and fast. This helps us to stay in, or get into fight or flight mode.

Try this simple breathing guide. For better results engage the diaphragm. Breathe into the tummy rather than the chest and notice the results.

How controlled breathing may promote healing remains a source of scientific study. One theory is that controlled breathing can change the response of the body’s autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious processes such as heart rate and digestion as well as the body’s stress response, says Dr. Richard Brown, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and co-author of “The Healing Power of the Breath.”

Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release of stress hormones like cortisol.

Many maladies, such as anxiety and depression, are aggravated or triggered by stress. “I have seen patients transformed by adopting regular breathing practices,” says Dr. Brown, who has a private practice in Manhattan and teaches breathing workshops around the world.

When you take slow, steady breaths, your brain gets the message that all is well and activates the parasympathetic response, said Dr. Brown. When you take shallow rapid breaths or hold your breath, the sympathetic response is activated. “If you breathe correctly, your mind will calm down,” said Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at New York Medical College and Dr. Brown’s co-author

Dr. Chris Streeter, an associate professor of psychiatry and neurology at Boston University, recently completed a small study in which she measured the effect of daily yoga and breathing on people with diagnoses of major depressive disorder.

After 12 weeks of daily yoga and coherent breathing, the subjects’ depressive symptoms significantly decreased and their levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a brain chemical that has calming and anti-anxiety effects, had increased. The research was presented in May at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Las Vegas. While the study was small and lacked a control group, Dr. Streeter and her colleagues are planning a randomized controlled trial to further test the intervention.

“The findings were exciting,” she said. “They show that a behavioral intervention can have effects of similar magnitude as an antidepressant.” NY Times

Other hypnotherapists I recommend around the UK

I offer one-to-one hypnotherapy sessions at our Belfast practice in Ballyhackamore. If you can’t make it to Belfast I can offer effective therapy via Skype.

If you are in other parts of the UK however and would like quality hypnotherapy in person there are some hypnotherapists I can highly recommend.

In Birmingham there is the magnificent Michael Pulman who offers a range of techniques to overcome many issues.

For further information and support contact my Walsall hypnotherapist colleague

Hypnotherapy in Birmingham