Thursday, August 27, 2009


Can we all learn to be more creative? Using Hypnosis, hypnotherapy,and hypnotic techniques. Why is it important to be creative? Does creativity deserve to be cherished ?
The answer is of course yes we can all learn to be more creative, it is a skill like all other skills which requires regular practice. Why is creativity important?
It is important on both a personal level and commercial level because being creative is a usual human process and in many ways is a healthy part of our natural personal development, being creative fulfills a basic human requirement of existence and of feeling happy and healthy.
Mention the word creativity to some people and it can be a very negative word for them, the past possibly conjures up an experience where creativity has been dealt a blow by an inappropriate comment at school,or "put down" in a meeting at work resulting sometimes in a feeling of inadequacy, or feeling unfulfilled or undervalued . Does creativity deserve to be cherished ? I think so, in a world that is presented to us in a format that could be considered to be almost totally "prepackaged" being creative and being flexible in thought is a premium asset to have. From the ability to think at a strategic level in business to perhaps what could be considered the more mundane skill of being creative with a weeks shopping budget, from writing a score for an orchestra to writing a song for your own amusement, cooking in a Michelin star restaurant or baking a cake for your child's birthday. Creativity does have real value, the techniques both I and my wife use in our business are very successful with individuals and groups at enabling and developing this skill. We are able to work from our office in Northamptonshire in the Midlands Remember the old adage "give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach a man to fish feed him for a life time" Food for thought!
Best Wishes

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

At our therapy room in Northamptonshire in the Midlands where we practice as hypnotherapists, using hypnotherapeutic techniques, and hypnosis we often see clients who suffer from IBS. Research has shown that 18-20% of women and 10-12% of men suffer in the UK from irritable bowel syndrome this figure could be a lot higher as many sufferers (mainly men) do not report this to a Doctor through fear of embarrassment or Doctors diagnosing in many different ways.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)which is an independent organisation, dedicated to promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health in 2008 identified how hypnosis, hypnotherapy and hypnotherapeutic techniques can play an important part in reducing the symptoms of IBS. This was a met analysis of research carried out in the UK and the USA from studies taken over a 4 year period. In one study it was reported that the overall improvement of symptoms and welling scored weekly on a scale of 0-3 (where 0 is no improvement and 3 is maximum improvement)showed that patients in the study receiving hypnotherapy increased from baseline 0 (no improvement) to a mean weekly value of 2.95 which is statistically significant or in other words hypnosis nearly achieved maximum improvement. Similar success was replicated in reducing the symptoms of bloating the benefit being that overall quality of life was improved . Although in some quarters hypnosis remains a controversial intervention a body of evidence would suggest and indeed support, that along with a sensible lifestyle programme, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, hypnothepeutic techniques can be very effective indeed in reducing the symptoms of IBS.


I am now back in my office in Northamptonshire in the Midlands sitting writing this blog having spent one of the most relaxing weeks of my life in the middle of France at a Buddhist retreat.
Many of us never have the opportunity to be truly relaxed, by relaxed I mean without the distractions of modern life walking everywhere, no mobile phone, radio,TV, laptop,land line,newspapers,ect none of lives constant interruptions . Just being able to be in the "moment" appreciative of nature was very special.It felt like I spent the entire week in a "trance like" state. Well now I am in the UK and back to work that feeling has started to wane a little, it occurred to me though, just how beneficial it is to our general state of well being, to feel relaxed, and calm, this is an area which I am going to focus on in our therapy sessions for all our cients in the future.Using hypnosis, hypnothrapy, and hypnotic techniques at our practice room in Northants and continuing to practice self hypnosis.