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What is Hypnotherapy?

GHRHypnosis for Health

I am counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist based in Leicestershire. I have been qualified for around 10 years having previously worked in Human Resources for a large International company. A strong interest in health, well being and welfare led me to continue my studies, progressing from HR into counselling then hypnotherapy enabling me to offer support and guidance to those in need and help them move on in their life.

Having experienced the positive effects of this type of therapy myself and seeing the results and delighted faces and change in the people I see, I am my own testament to the true power of counselling and hypnosis as a complimentary effective medical intervention. As a result and with my years of experience I am able to understand and empathise with my clients on a deep level which can facilitate great change.

Hypnotherapy can be instant, requiring nothing of you but a willingness to change. By working together, it is your subconscious mind that can bring about instant and lasting behavioural change, without the need for extensive therapy sessions.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis can best be described as when a persons mind enters an altered state of consciousness, like day dreaming. You are not in a deep sleep and not aware of what’s going on around you, you are awake the whole time, but in a deep trance like state. When in this trance state, the subconscious mind becomes extremely active and is more alert and imaginative than during a normal awake state. It’s at this point your subconscious mind takes over from your conscious and facilitate great change.

You have complete control throughout the session and you are awake, you could choose to end the therapy at any point if you wished. As your therapist I will guide you safely using professional techniques to achieve the results that we have previously agreed upon during consultation.

Your subconscious mind listens to my voice in a subliminal way and when I talk directly to your subconscious mind in this deeply relaxed state, this is then where we make the positive suggestions that automatically sit comfortably in your mind. When you come back into full conscious awareness these thoughts are enacted immediately.

All you need to do is truly want to change and be committed to it. Then you can sit back and relax in safety and comfort and let me do the rest. Often people have secondary conditions bought on by the presenting issue and we can review these independently, but an immediate and lasting change can be made that easily.

Contact me now and say goodbye to worry, dieting, cravings, stress, anxiety and any old behaviours or habits that don’t work for you any more – know that you can look, feel and be different!

Shelly 🙂

Hypnosis for Stress, Anxiety or Panic Attacks

Is this how you feel?Leicester Therapy Centre

Is this how you feel? Tired, angry, emotional and stressed?

The majority of us went back to work this week, for some its a blessed relief to get away from the family and get back into some kind of normal routine. The Christmas period can be an immensely stressful time of  for many families, how was it for you?

When you keep stressful and anxious feelings hidden, over days, weeks, months and years they can fester inside you and show themselves in other ways. Constantly putting the body in an anxious mode produces the stress hormone cortisol which is proven to hamper weight loss amongst other things.

Do you wonder why you drink so much coffee? Eat chocolate, snacks, have too much alcohol? It’s all down to stressful and anxious feelings which we try to self soothe ourselves with whatever takes our fancy.

When I see new clients for weight control, almost always the real issue is something else that is going on in their life. Unless you feel right in yourself first, you will not be able to tackle things like weight or smoking no matter how much you want to. Some people can change for a while, but then why do diets yoyo, why do smokers start up again? It’s all to do with stress and anxiety.

When the anxious feelings become too much, this can induce a panic attack. A really scary thing to go through. Anyone who suffers from panic attacks will tell you the main fear is worrying when the next panic attack will kick in. Imagine that?

‘Liberated living is not the absence of fear.. but the absence of fear of fear’

Hypnosis can help with panic attacks, anxiety, stress and your fears. With your unconscious mind we work to in input new ways of being for you, helping you to move on and live your life, being able to manage stress better, not absorbing to your detrimental effect.

If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy can help you to lose weight, stop smoking and reduce stress in your life, please feel free to get in touch

Email leicstherapy@gmail.com

Freephone 0800 612 8159

Look forward to hearing from you, Shelly

Know Your Bananas!

Hypnosis Health in Leicester UK and Dubai UAE

Many a dieter has told me ‘Oh I don’t eat bananas, they’re fattening’ To which I’ve learnt to not choke in reply but ask incredulously, why do you think that?

Look, if you have some weight to lose, don’t tell me you’re afraid of a banana when you’ve clearly been at the cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, crisps, chips, pizza, burgers n ice cream. You get the picture.

Banana’s or any of our great natures foods and fruits are the most nutritious and balanced foods we can eat. Yes even that great carb horror the humble potato is  a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fibre. It’s what we do with them that adds the fat factor unfortunately.

Anyhoo back to bananas. I always recommend eating bananas for good health. The natural sugars that are in a banana can change the nutritional content substantially as it ripens, this is what I ask my clients to be aware of.

Calories in a medium banana

Calories 95.0kcal
Carbohydrate 20.9g
Protein 1.2g
Fat 0.3g
Fibre 4.2g

Not that scary is it? Low fat, plenty of fibre and good carbs for your days energy.

I recommend that you eat bananas when they are perfectly yellow, when they are just ripe, firm and not too sweet. Never eat a banana when it is still green as it contains indigestible starches and less easily digestible sugars, which means you will bloat.

When your banana is as ripe as this, the calorie content doesn’t change but it will contain more sugar. It’s starch (complex carbs) changes to simple sugars as it ripens and will cause a higher spike in your blood sugar levels after you eat it.

You can freeze over ripe bananas or use them as healthy milkshakes blended up with milk for the kids. Completely no artificial ingredients added and much better than any Nesquik.

If you need further convincing, check out further benefits of eating bananas –

  • Anti-aging properties. Bananas carry vitamins A, B6, C, E, F, iodine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. These gems will keep your skin looking young.
  • Your heart loves bananas. The potassium keeps your heart in tip top shape.
  • Marvelous for your kidneys and bones  thanks again to potassium. The potassium restrains calcium excretion in your urine – minimizing the risk of nasty kidney stones. Say goodbye to osteoporosis! Bananas keeps you from losing calcium from you body.
  • Bananas can help with depression. Bananas contain Tryptophan which produces serotonin in your body, which will calm your brain and make you relaxed and help sleep.
  • They’ll help keep you regular. Your colon will love you because of the fibre.
  • Suffer from gout? Arthritis? Bananas contain B6, folate and vitamin C – all enemies of gout and arthritis.
  • Too much alcohol Saturday night? Put that coffee down and grab a banana. It’ll raise your blood sugar levels and re-hydrate your body.
  • Low iron levels? Anemia? Bananas can activate the production of hemoglobin in your blood.
  • Ulcers? Bananas neutralise acidity and lessens irritation by coating the lining of your stomach.
  • Too stressed out? Potassium sends oxygen to the brain and normalises your heartbeat. It won’t take your problems away, but it’ll make them more tolerable.
  • Are you a smoker? Bananas help cigarette addicts give up smoking. The B6, B12, magnesium and potassium assist in getting rid of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Bananas contain prebiotic, which help stimulate the growth and activity of pre-existing good bacteria in your digestive system.  Your gut wins!
  • Relieves heartburn

Still don’t want a banana? I usually have mine in the morning, chopped up over some Weetabix or All Bran. How will you have yours?

Shelly 🙂

I Can’t Get Much Sleep?

Leicester Therapy Centre 

Sleeping Well Can Help You To Lose Weight  

Sleep is a natural state of bodily rest and regular sleep is essential for survival. We have to sleep well because it is essential to maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech, memory, innovative and flexible thinking. Sleep plays a significant role in brain development.

Adults generally need 7 – 8 hours sleep a night, this can decrease as the person gets older. By getting sufficient amounts of sleep, this helps with alertness, memory and problem solving, and overall health. A lack of sleep can interfere with the normal hormonal functions of the body, which assist in weight loss and have a detrimental effect to your weight loss goals.

Getting enough sleep allows the body to metabolise food, especially carbohydrates, and stabilises your glucose and insulin levels, which prevents excessive storage of body fat. Adequate sleep is a contributing factor in successful weight loss and is an easy way to help boost your weight-loss plan.

The hormones ghrelin and leptin work together in regulating our appetite and food consumption and are a central link between sleep and weight loss. Ghrelin is responsible for regulating your food cravings and feelings of hunger, and leptin tells the body when to stop eating. When grhelin and leptin are compromised, the outcome is this vicious cycle of being hungry all the time and not knowing when to stop eating. A lack of sleep, especially over a long period, throws these hormones out of balance and greatly impacts your weight loss, even if you are eating well and exercising.

There is a link between cortisol, sleep and weight loss. Cortisol, the so-called “stress hormone” released by the adrenal glands, has received a great deal of attention because of its link to stress and weight gain. When you are not getting enough sleep, your body is stressed, which heightens cortisol levels. The body goes into “flight or fight” mode and stores fat, particularly in the abdominal area.

Eight hours of sleep each night remains the recommended amount to positively affect weight loss and your overall health. For a restful night’s sleep, minimise caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime. Avoid eating heavy foods and exercising just before sleep. Make it a ritual to unwind a half-hour to before you go to bed by doing something relaxing and quiet.