Wednesday, June 22, 2005

How Hypnosis helps with stop smoking

Stop Smoking is a one session answer for heavy or social smokers. Enjoy your last cigarette just before the therapy session. Then 90 minutes later you leave a non smoker. Hypnosis works at a much lower level of the concious than the usual New years resolutions level. Its effects are rapid, long lasting, do not leave any cravings and you go away invigorated.

Quote "I came to see you on 9th January and I have to admit I was a little skeptical that a single session would stop me smoking after 18 years. Well it did, I haven't smoked since, feel like a new person and think it's fantastic.The best hour and a half I've ever spent and I can't thank you enough for helping me."

Important facts
Smoking a cigarette shortens your life by 6 minutes. Twenty cigarettes per day means that your life is shortened by almost 3 days for each month that you smoke.
Twenty cigarettes per day costs per month almost £140.

Those smoking-cessation methods that treat smoking as an addiction (patches, gum etc) have a very low success rate, acknowledged to be around 23%. The makers of the drug Zyban state that the drug is most effective if it is taken in conjunction with 'psychological intervention'. Hypnotherapy is the most effective form of psychological intervention. In the vast majority of cases, provided a smoker truly wants to quit smoking, a single session (taking around a total time of one and a half hours) is effective.

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Hypnotherapy for Phobias

Hypnotherapy for phobias can often give relatively rapid improvement of the quality of life for the phobia sufferer. Phobias, the abnormal fear of a particular object or situation are often brought about by learning from family members, extreme stress or specific stressful events.
The Hypnotherapy treatment for phobias involves the deep relaxation of the patient followed by visualisation of the stressing event while relaxed and calm, such that the habitual response to the stressing event is broken and replaced with a calm more rational behaviour.
Hypnosis can use direct suggestion, cognitive or behavioural therapy as well as (but not
always) regression. Whatever your particular anxiety, fear or phobia we will explain exactly how hypnotherapy can help you overcome your problem.
A three session course with self hypnosis often is enough to dramatically improve your quality of life.

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can be a dead weight just hanging over you all the time. Present from the moment you wake, its exhausting, anxiety drains you physical and emotionally, meaning you wake up exhausted and you go about your work or social life in a permanently tired state.
Anxiety can be brought about by specific (work, colleagues, presentations, fear of illness), or non specific issues, just a feeling of impending anxiety or pressure.

Hypnotherapy works on your unconcious mind to amplify your will power to feel better. It can alleviate anxiety by direct suggestion and by behavioural training both in trance and using self hypnosis can alleviate anxiety and help break mind loops of anxiety.

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Interesting information on treatment of IBS with Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy for IBS published from a Health article in the Health Telegraph

An investigation into unconventional treatment for reducing gut sensitivity
Between five and eight million people in the UK suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and many can find no treatment that brings relief. Although the condition is often regarded as minor, the symptoms - including diarrhoea, pain and bloating - can seriously affect quality of life. This month, the journal Drugs and Therapeutics Bulletin suggested that hypnotherapy may be worth a try for people with severe symptoms that do not respond to conventional treatment.

What exactly happens?
Forget those stage hypnotists who return their powerless subjects to childhood. During gut-directed hypnosis the therapist is interested in the colon and nothing else. A course usually consists of 12 one-hour sessions during which a hypnotic state is induced. Patients are given an explanation of how the gut works and what causes their symptoms, and then learn to influence and gain control of their gut function. They are sometimes given a CD so they can practise self-hypnosis at home.
Does this mean IBS is all in the mind?
"We do not think IBS is a psychological disorder, nor do we think this is a psychological treatment," says Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine and gastroenterology at Manchester University, who runs one of the few NHS clinics offering gut-directed hypnotherapy. "IBS is made worse by stress but it is not caused by stress. We don't know exactly how gut-directed hypnotherapy works, but it may change the way the brain modulates gut activity." Laboratory tests have shown that under hypnosis, gut sensitivity is reduced.
So, does it work?
Prof Whorwell has treated patients using hypnotherapy for 20 years with a success rate of about 70 per cent. "It helps all the symptoms, whereas some of the drugs available reduce only a few of the symptoms. However, men don't do quite as well as women." Several randomised controlled trials have shown good results. In one, group hypnotherapy proved as effective as individual sessions.
Where can I get it?
Gut-directed hypnotherapy is not widely available on the NHS. Your GP will know if there is a clinic you can be referred to. Because anybody can call themselves a hypnotherapist, it is risky to pick a name out of the phone book: IBS sufferers need somebody specifically trained in gut-directed hypnotherapy.

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