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What is the difference between a Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist?

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By Columnist Ernest McLeod – Certified Hypnotherapist:

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The terms Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist are used interchangeably, along with Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy although they are very different concepts. To understand the difference between these concepts, let’s take a look at what Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are.

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a process of helping someone become extremely relaxed, taking them into a state of trance which encourages deeper communication between the conscious and the subconscious minds. Thus, creating a passive state of mind where it is suggestible to ideas presented. For example, a script to stop smoking or lose weight. Suggesting a new behaviour during hypnosis enables the mind to adopt that state for a period. However, typically these suggestions don’t have a long-lasting result, and the person will eventually drop back to the old behaviour. This action occurs as the reaction’s ‘trigger’ is not corrected. Basically, a band-aid is applied.

What is a Hypnotist?

A Hypnotist is trained to take people into a trance state and may even be certified to perform Hypnosis. Often good Hypnotists become entertainers, and those who have experienced a Hypnosis stage show know these are very entertaining.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy on the other hand, as the name infers, includes the application of therapy by a qualified therapist, such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or psychotherapist for example. This treatment is applied while the person is in a state of trance, using the process of Hypnosis. The therapist will often combine suggestions of a new behaviour; however, the main difference is the reprogramming of the underlying pattern which triggers the undesirable behaviour. This treatment can be for smoking or weight-loss, but it also extends to dealing with anxieties and deeper behavioural disorders, or the root of the problem.

From the Hypnotherapists point of view, the big difference is the skills learnt to discover the source of the behaviour. Consequently, this could be something hidden deep in the psyche of the person and covered by many layers of misdirecting behaviours. Therefore, the skill of being able to uncover and deal with the triggers of response defines the difference a hypnotherapist makes regarding effective treatment and healing of their clients.

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod

Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has practiced Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest grew-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as an internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have about any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

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Rewiring your Brain for a Positive Attitude

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By Columnist Ernest McLeod – Certified Hypnotherapist:

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Photo Credit: William Billard, 2011 – Rewiring the Human Brain

So, what is 2017 going to bring you? Hopefully, not the same as last year you say. Now, that doesn’t sound overally positive, does it? But, many of us feel this way. We get stuck in a daily rut and wonder if there is anything worth-while on the horizon. Well, the good news is that thinking positive tends to make your life positive.

Therefore, I want to share a little secret with you that you can apply to rewire your brain to be more positive this year. Personally, I use this technique regularly myself and I also share it with my clients.

So, what opportunities do you think you could see if you saw life with a greater positive attitude?

Turning Bad Days into Good

Let me ask you, have you ever woken up and felt that this is just going to be one of those days, where everything turns against you? Maybe the alarm didn’t work, and now you are late for work, or the hot water is non-existent, and you had to have a cold shower. Any number of those other trying situations can occur that just sets a terrible flavour for the whole day. Consequently, by midday you are thinking to yourself, I should have just stayed in bed today and not bothered getting up. Then by the end of the day, you can’t wait to disappear under your pillow. It’s terrible how a bad start to the day just seems to make it all go downhill from there.

However, there is a solution to this problem that you can use daily, monthly and yearly. Subsequently, if you follow this simple technique, as instructed, you will start noticing some changes and not long after you will start each day on a more positive note.

In fact, what is going to happen is just the opposite of above, and I’m sure that makes sense. If you start each day off on a positive note, isn’t there a greater likelihood the day will end even more positive?

This technique is so simple, it will only take you a few minutes every morning. So, follow these instructions for the best results:

Prepare a notebook and a pen by your bedside, you may even want to go out and buy yourself a new notebook, to begin with. You may find that this notebook becomes precious to you over time.

Every morning, as soon as you wake up, write down 3 things you are grateful for in your life. That’s it? No one more thing. Be honest with yourself and as you write these things down, let yourself feel that gratefulness. Yes, that’s all you do. But, do this consistently every day. Write them down for at least 30 days. Now, this is not going to do you much good if you list the same 3 things every single day. You are doing this for yourself, so think, what in your life are you grateful for. Sure, over time you may repeat some things. But why not see how many different things you can find that you are grateful for?

After 30 days, you may find that you do this so quickly and automatically when you wake up that you don’t need to write them down. But you may find continuing to writing them down is a benefit. As there may be times when something happens, and you feel down. Go and read about all the things that you have in your life to be grateful for.

Once your brain has started to rewire to be grateful for things in your life and to realise how many things to be grateful for in your life, how couldn’t you feel more positive about your life?
You get it?

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod

Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has practiced Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest grew-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as an internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have about any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

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Green Warrior Permaculture Saves Earth and Humanity Yet Again with Eco-Lodge

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Steve Cran, community stabilisation specialist at Green Warrior Permaculture, a social aid enterprise in the Philippines, has built the first eco-lodge at the organisation’s Shangri-La site, using nothing but raw materials supplied by planet earth.

More information is available at http://www.greenwarriorpermacultureaid.org.

While constructing sustainable accommodation for permaculture students is the driving force behind the latest Green Warrior dwelling, the eco-lodge, the organisation’s mission is to teach villagers how to create sustainable eco-tourism livelihoods. This initiative saves lives and the earth at the same time as it enables villagers to be self-reliant and productive, rather than aid dependent.

The new Green Warrior eco-lodge houses 20 students undertaking one of the organisation’s courses or 10 long-term trainees studying an apprenticeship. Green Warrior students can study the permaculture design or aid certificate, the diploma of permaculture aid or the apprenticeship program to become a trainer.

Made from bamboo, palms, and a mud mixture, as well as coco fibre, sand and rice husk ash, a form of cement bonds the eco-lodge. But, Cran is keeping the ratios a secret because he’d like others to attend a course and uncover the recipe for themselves.

The Shangri-La site is home to a permaculture farm, which spans over two hectares. Here visitors and trainees will find organic rice and vegetables, along with free range native pigs and chickens. Everyone also enjoys organic meals and wood-fired pizza. Plus, they learn organic farming and gardening techniques. However, if this is not enough, then visitors and trainees can visit local bat caves, trek up mountains and hike to waterfalls. Additionally, they can ride the adrenaline packed zip line across the jungle valley.

For full details of Green Warrior Permaculture projects, training programs and how others can save the Earth and humanity, please visit the Green Warrior website, as listed above.

About Green Warrior Permaculture

Green Warrior Permaculture, based in the Philippines, save the Earth and humanity one sustainability course at a time. The organisation’s team has 51 years of experience working in over 30 countries. They aim to teach humanity to build sustainable livelihoods, food security and resilient constructions.

Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017

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You’ve owned your water bottle since you can remember, but you’re getting a little tired of looking at it. While you’d classify your bottle as ‘old faithful,’ with it being there for you through thick and thin, and during the good and bad times, it just doesn’t change. It looks tired, worn and lacks pizzazz. So how can you dress it up so it looks as vibrant as you feel?

Thankfully Coldest Water and a few other innovative water bottle gurus have come up with a solution. It’s called a water bottle sleeve, and they are so cost effective that you can have one for every day of the week if you want. Of course, they have other benefits, such as they help you to keep your water cooler for longer, and they protect your water bottle from damage.

Why You Need Top Water Bottle Sleeves

You should only need to own one water bottle as this water bottle should last you years, if not for your lifetime. However, in saying this, owning the one water bottle for a whole lifetime could be a little boring. Let’s elaborate.

You’ve owned the same water bottle for the last 5-years. This bottle has been fantastic; it has served you well, offering you the coldest water and staying chilled for longer than any other. But, it looks tired, worn and a little ugly. You’ve climbed mountains with it, ridden along some of the toughest trails on your bike, and you’ve run long-distance marathons with it by your side. But now, well, it looks like it’s in need of some tender loving care and a facelift.

So you want to change your water bottle’s appearance and freshen it up a little. After all, as the adage says, “change is as good as a holiday.” So imagine if you could convert your old faithful water bottle in colour, or even design, to match your mood, your outfit or even your nail or hair colour. Well, now you can with one of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017.

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Types of Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017

There are a vast number of water bottle sleeves available on the market. The best sleeves for your bottle are those that insulate your water bottle and keep your water cooler. Two of the most common products used to manufacture top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are Neoprene and Silicone, as these materials are affordable and good insulators.

Neoprene is one of the most accessible water bottle sleeve materials used worldwide. This product is used to make wetsuits, stubbie holders and wine chillers. It’s lightweight, comfortable to the use and to hold, and keeps your water temperature cooler. It also protects your water bottle from damage such as scratching and denting.

According to the American Chemistry Council, Neoprene, also known as Polychloroprene, is a synthetic rubber that is an organic compound. This compound is water, oil, solvent and heat resistant, so it makes an ideal insulator and protector for your water bottle. This is why Neoprene is used to make most of the most top water bottle sleeves in 2017.

Another product that some of the top water bottle sleeves of 2017 are made form is Silicone. This product is non-toxic and durable state a number of manufacturers who use it. While many water bottle sleeves have been made from this material, it is not as popular as Neoprene; this is because it is harder to cleaner. However, Silicone is considered to be stylish as it comes in a range of colours and it protects your water bottle from damage.

Silicone according to the American Chemistry Society is a constituent of sand, known as silica. Therefore, it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to plastics, which can be toxic.

Another product that top water bottle sleeves of 2017 are created from is Nylon. This material is also a polymer and according to San Diego Plastics, it is waterproof, highly durable, and unyielding.

Funky water bottles

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How the Top Water Bottle Sleeves Were Rated

Some people will argue that the best water bottle sleeves are those that keep your water the coolest. These individuals aren’t concerned with the looks, but more with the practicality of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017. Others will say that the best water bottle sleeves are the most colourful, with beautiful, eye-catching designs.

Some top water bottle sleeves of 2017 users will elect to go for a simple water bottle sleeve design with no handles or pouches for storage; they look purely at cost. Whereas others prefer, carry handles, a pouch bag and a shoulder strap.

So after careful consideration and reviewing hundreds of Amazon buyer reviews on water bottle sleeves it is confirmed that the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are those that cater specifically to a customer’s needs. Water bottle sleeves need to be practical, serving a purpose for you, the buyer. Your water bottle sleeve needs to keep your water cooler, for longer, while protecting your water bottle so that its lifespan is extended.

Therefore, to decide which were the top water bottle sleeves in 2017, a number of factors were taken into consideration. These top water bottle sleeves had to meet stringent expectations, as specified below:

  • Water stored in the bottle had to stay cooler for longer.
  • The water bottle had to be protected from damage.
  • The sleeve had to be affordable and well priced.
  • The product used to make the sleeve had to last.
  • The sleeve had to have extra benefits – either a colourful design that was eye-catching or it had carry straps and pouches for storage.

The Top Water Bottle Sleeves in 2017 to Buy

Let’s look at the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 now. These water bottle sleeves passed the rigours of testing by a number of Amazon customers, and they passed with good, if not near perfect results. The ten top water bottle sleeves in 2017 are as follows:

The Coldest Water Bottle Sleeves

This sleeve rated the highest for a number of reasons. Firstly, it protected the bottle from damage and kept the water cooler in the bottle for longer. Secondly, this water bottle sleeve is multi-compatible so it fits over water bottles that are made of stainless steel and plastic. Thirdly, this water bottle sleeve comes with hands-free carrying – an optional strap. Meaning that the buyer can use their hands for other activities, rather than holding their water bottle.

The Coldest Water bottle sleeve also has a pouch so you can store your phone and keys in safely, and a cover so you can seal your water bottle so that no-one can tamper with it. Lastly, it’s cost is affordable at under $20. This water bottle sleeve has received over 60 customer reviews on Amazon and has been given a 4 and a half star rating.

AUPET Water Bottle Sleeves

These water bottle sleeves are by Professional Bags. This manufacturer of water bottle sleeves makes some of the loudest designs in colour and image. In vibrant pinks, oranges and blues, buyers can select from butterfly pictures, owls, dogs, flowers, animal prints, and psychedelic colours. Plus, these water bottle sleeves are priced under $15 each, which means that owning more one is affordable.

These water bottle sleeves are constructed from Neoprene, are stainless steel and plastic bottle compatible, and protect your water bottle from damage. They are also machine washable, available in 750 ml and 1000 ml designs and have a handsfree strap. The AUPET water bottle sleeve rates at 4 and a half stars by buyers on Amazon, with more than 40 customers purchasing this product.

Onoola Water Bottle Sleeves

Priced at under $20 this water bottle sleeve received a 5-star rating on Amazon, with more than 400 buyers reviewing the product. But this wasn’t enough for this water bottle sleeve to be in the top 2 of the top water bottle sleeves in 2017. Why? Well, this sleeve is limited to the type of water bottles that it fits. Suited only to hydro flasks, Yetii Ramblers and Lifeline Fifty Fifty water bottles that come in 18, 24, 32, 40 and 64 oz. So if you don’t have one of these water bottles, then you may have problems fitting the sleeve to your bottle. However, in saying this, the sleeve does have an adjustable strap and a large pouch for storage of valuables. It is also made from Neoprene, keeping your water chilled for longer and your water bottle protected from damage.

Jugsleeve Water Bottle Sleeve

This water bottle sleeve is made from Neoprene to prevent damage, and it has added padding inside, to cushion any water bottle falls. Also, it has a Nylon outer casing for extra protection. This material gives the sleeve greater durability and your water bottle extra protection. It has a shoulder strap for handsfree use and a side handle carrying option. It works best with 40 oz water bottles. The Jugsleeve water bottle sleeve comes in a variety of colours; pink and black are the most sought after, with more than 260 Amazon customers buying this colour and over 150 buying pink. This water bottle sleeve also rates at 4 and a half stars on Amazon.

Water Vault Deluxe Neoprene Sleeve

Coming in four different colours, black, green, pink and blue this water bottle sleeve is lightweight and is made of Neoprene. Priced at under $20, it is affordable and comes with a should strap for hands-free use. Available in two sizes to fit a bottle with a 10 and 12-inch circumference. The sleeve fits 12, 16, 20, 24, and 26 oz bottles. A larger size is also available for 40 oz bottles. This sleeve is compatible with stainless steel, plastic and sports bottles, as well as energy drinks. Rated a 4 and a half stars by Amazon users, this bottle received over 70 reviews.

Neosling Adjustable Water Bottle Sleeve

Priced at under $15 this Neoprene water bottle sleeve is a sling that your cradles your water bottle. It has an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap for hands-free comfort and comes in 7 different colours. It also protects your bottle from damage and keeps your water cooler for longer. Rated at 4 and a half stars, and purchased by more than 1,000 Amazon customers it is one of the most popular top water bottle sleeves in 2017, but not necessarily the best.

ICOLOR Water Bottle Sleeve

Also made of Neoprene, this water bottle sleeve comes in more than ten vibrant designs – from stars to cats to stripes. This water bottle sleeve has an adjustable strap and is easy to clean. Priced at under $12 this sleeve rates at 5-stars with 13 Amazon customers purchasing the product. So, while this water bottle sleeve was not purchased by hundreds of people, many of its buyers thought that it was well-worth the money that they spent this is why it made it into the top water bottle sleeves in 2017 list.

Nalgene Water Bottle Sleeve

This sleeve comes with a belt clip, rather than an over-the-shoulder strap, which means it clips to your waist. Available in three colours and made of Neoprene, this sleeve is easy to wash and dry. Purchased by more than 150 Amazon customers, this water bottle sleeve received a 4 and a half star rating.

Cool Stuff Water Bottle Sleeve

Acquired by more than 200 Amazon customers, this water bottle sleeve received 4-stars and is priced at under $20. It comes in two different colours and is suitable for wide-mouth drink bottles. It is simple but useful for cooling and protection of your water bottle.

Intrepid International Neoprene Water Bottle Sleeve

Priced at under $12, this is another simple, but efficient water bottle sleeve. This product has a plastic clip so that you can attach it to your belt for hands-free use. It is also made of stretchable Neoprene so it fits over most bottles. It comes in 5 different colours and rated at 4-stars. More than 40 Amazon customers purchased this water bottle.

Are you seeking to find the right top water bottle sleeve in 2017 for you and your water bottle? If you said YES, then visit the Coldest Water. We can help YOU find the right sleeve for you.

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Munchweb Bites the Net Taking Fitness Entrepreneurs from Zero to Hero

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Munchweb, an Irish online hub that breaks down big bites of entrepreneurial information, is giving away ‘free’ Net busting easy-to-use business guides, so firms of all types, as well as health and fitness professionals who are sick of getting nowhere online, can maximise their productivity and increase their profitability. More information is available at http://www.munchweb.com/.

The brainchild of an entrepreneur whose websites reach more than 30 million people and feature in The Sun and on USA Today, Munchweb is a ‘must visit’ destination for every entrepreneur who wants to get ahead of their competition fast. Rather than wasting hours searching for relevant information, Munchweb brings business owners the latest business building innovations, so they can master the Net now and leave their competitors reeling in their dust.

What’s more, Munchweb offers new visitors to their site two free guides to get them started – ‘4 Reasons Online Entrepreneurs Fail’ and ’14 Ways to Make Your Content Go Viral’. Both guides are downloadable from the Munchweb site in PDF format.

Apart from these freebies, Munchweb also offers daily entrepreneurial insight. Focusing on online entrepreneurship, blogging and marketing, and social trends, Munchweb simplifies difficult to understand concepts, features online business models, and offers all business owners productivity tips. Visitors to the website can read the latest articles, ‘How Trump is Manipulating Online Media and Facebook’, and ‘Boost Readers 5000% by Plagiarizing Your Own Content on Medium, LinkedIn and Reddit’.

However, this is not all that Munchweb offers. For those entrepreneurs seeking productivity increasing means for their business, then Munchweb delivers some of the best – ‘PressCable’ and ‘Wookle’.

PressCable is one of the quickest developing PR companies on the Net. This platform enables business owners to either write their own press release using innovative software or to have a professional writer create a press release for them. The choice is entirely up to the firm.

Wookle, on the other hand, is a social media platform that’s said to be 350% more effective than the Facebook ‘Like’ button. This widget increases website traffic by thousands.

To download a free copy of the free Munchweb guides, or to find out more about the business productivity tools, please visit the Munchweb website listed above.

Summary:   Munchweb, based in Ireland, takes big bites of the Net so owners of any size business, large or small, can use this resource as an effective marketing and productivity tool. The website’s founders are entrepreneurs with years of marketing experience that has sold them over 100,000 digital and physical product sales.

 

 

Does Hypnosis Help with Smoking?

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Smoking is a habit that hypnosis can cure

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There are many methods available to quit smoking. Some of these treatments curiously use nicotine. Although, studies have shown that hypnosis is the most successful way of quitting after going “Cold Turkey”. To understand why these two methods are the most successful we need delve into the perceived “addiction” of smoking.

Smoking and Addiction

The analysis of addiction could fill a whole book. So, for simplification, let’s break it down into two types of dependency. The first being physiological, or a dependency of the body receiving a particular substance. Secondly, psychological addiction, where it’s the mind that “needs” to be fed a particular substance.

Smoking and Physiological Addiction

Let’s take a closer look at whether there is a physiological addiction to smoking. Surprisingly most clients who see me to become smoke-free have believed they have a nicotine addiction. Nicotine is but one of the many chemicals in cigarettes. The first thing to note here is that after a period of 24 hours of not smoking, little nicotine remains in the body. In other words, if a smoker can last more than 24 hours without smoking, there is no nicotine left in the body to cause a dependency.

Of course, withdrawal from nicotine is one part of physiological addiction. The other part is the side effects someone experiences when they are physiologically dependent on substance, which they can no longer able to satisfy. Often, the longer the person goes without, the stronger the withdrawal symptoms will become. Many smokers will feel they are suffering more specific symptoms, but research suggests that cigarettes are not physiological addictive. In most cases, a smoker has a psychological addiction.

Smoking and Psychological Addiction

What else do we call something that we do over and over and again? A habit. Habits are pretty strong, aren’t they? Have you ever gone without something that you normally do in your daily routine? And it’s been on your mind all the time, like a nagging thought in the back of your mind?

We build our life around our habits, don’t we? For example, we get up every morning, we get dressed, and we brush our teeth. Another excellent example is someone who wants to improve their health may start going to the gym. After they’ve done this daily for months, not going to the gym may disrupt their daily routine. They may then feel cranky or lethargic because they’ve missed a gym session. I’m sure you can think of many other examples.

Could we conclude that if smoking is a habit, then smoking is a choice? A decision that a person is making to do many times a day.

Hypnosis and Smoking

With smoking being a habit, hypnosis can then come into play. The reason hypnosis is very helpful to quit smoking is that it is such a powerful tool when it comes to making new choices. Making new choices stronger, and old choices weaker. Think of it as a way to rapidly gain a new habit; a habit of being a non-smoker. Just remember that it takes time to establish this new pattern, and there may still be traces of the old habit. But these become weaker every hour. Of course, the transition period varies from person to person.

Some of my clients have completed their transition during their first session. Others after a day or two, and some need a week or more. However, after realising that they are in a transition phase, the new smoke-free habit becomes stronger and helps them to let go of the old habit and quit smoking.

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod
Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has practiced Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest grew-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as an internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have about any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

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Does Hypnosis Have Side Effects?

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One side effect of hypnosis can be drowsiness.

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As with most therapies, there are concerns over side effects when it comes to hypnosis. Not understanding hypnosis well enough may increase these concerns. For instance, a common question asked is, “What if I get stuck in hypnosis and can’t get out?” Well, this in itself is a myth as you can’t get stuck in hypnosis. Worst case scenario, let’s say the hypnotist suffers from a medical condition while you are in a trance. So he’s unable to continue with hypnosis. What would happen to you? Well, you’d eventually wake up from the state of hypnosis. This experience would be as though you’d been in a very deep sleep.

Common Side Effects of Hypnosis

Being under hypnosis for a prolonged duration does lead to some side effects. The most common being:

  • Experiencing drowsy or dizzy straight after coming out of a trance.
  • Feeling as if there is a layer of fog in your mind.

These side effects are very comparable to symptoms that someone who suddenly wakes from a deep sleep would experience. Equally these effects will only last a few moments before full clarity returns. So there is nothing to be concerned over.

Safe Hypnosis and a Feeling of Loss

When conducted by a trained therapist, hypnosis is considered a safe alternative treatment. Sometimes during the first stage of the first session of hypnosis, called induction, the client may experience a level of anxiety or feeling of loss. Some clients also recall a memory of a traumatic life experience. This memory may just ‘pop up’ during this first stage. However, a well-trained hypnotherapist will easily be able to move the client past this without any problem. Plus, they will make sure that no inadvertent suggestions linger with the client.

Hypnosis and Working With Regression

When working with regression, it’s not uncommon for a client to experience strong emotional reactions to memories. However, this would be seen less as a side effect. Once again, working with a well-trained hypnotherapist will mean that this is not a lasting issue for the client.

The Positive Side Effects of Hypnosis

Typically, when thinking about side effects, it implies something negative. Although many people who undergo hypnosis, on a regular basis, consistently report some positive and desirable effects. These positive side effects often go unexplored. Nevertheless, these include:

  • A level of calmness and finding it easier to relax.
  • Better sleep.
  • Feeling emotionally more stable and resilient
  • A higher level of self-awareness.
  • Improved cognitive function.
  • Increased memory recall.

Thus, as the saying goes, every coin has two sides. In this case, hypnosis can cause some undesirable and positive side effects. However, there are considerably more reports of positive outcomes and beneficial side effects than negatives. Personally, as a certified hypnotherapist, I have found that the positive feedback I receive far outweighs any negative.

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod

Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has practiced Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest grew-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as an internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have about any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

Can Hypnosis Help with Weight Loss?

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Hypnosis for weight loss is common these days, yet one of the factors, which is surprising to many, is that it does not focus on losing weight itself. Losing weight is a side effect or result of the process that occurs when applying hypnosis. The focus on weight is what makes traditional methods, such as diets or exercise regimes difficult for many participants. As often focusing on the problem, can make it harder to concentrate on the solution.

Hypnosis Focuses on the Outcome

Well, often when you focus on the problem, you then get caught up in the problem. So, you go around-and-around in circles thinking about the problem. However, hypnosis focuses on the outcome or the result – healthy choices, eating better foods, enjoying life more, and having a fitter, healthier, slimmer body. Understandably, focusing on a positive outcome and not the hard work of losing something is much more motivating, isn’t it?

What is Hypnosis for Weight Loss?

Hypnosis for weight loss is safe and completely natural. When a change happens under hypnosis, it’s so normal to do that, as it’s coming from the inside. It can even be so normal that you are not even aware that you have changed your behaviour. Let me give you an example, some time ago a client saw me for help with making healthy food choices and in one of the sessions she mentioned that the other day her partner had asked her, “Since when have you been eating breakfast?”

This client was standing in the kitchen before work, eating a bowl of cereal; she felt normal eating this bowl of cereal.  Eating breakfast seemed like an everyday occurrence. However, this client had skipped breakfast for many years. So it was not until her partner said something, that she noticed this change had just recently occurred.

How Does Hypnosis Work for Weight Loss?

When applying hypnosis to get healthy, fit, and slimmer by making better food, exercise and lifestyle choices, willpower is not needed.  Instead, hypnosis can change your way of thinking and doing activities, and it can remove any pain. Your subconscious takes control, and you start doing new activities that your mind thinks you’ve done for a long time when in fact you’ve only just begun.

Willpower is exhausting. So, rather than wearing yourself out, hypnosis gives you an easier option so you can gain a healthy fit body.

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod
Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has practiced Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest grew-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as an internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not substitutes for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have about any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

If I Lift Weights Will I Get Bigger Muscles?

Michale Armatichi asks this month’s question:

“I want to use weights in my workouts. Will theses help me to get bigger muscles?”

Nick Jack – CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Personal Trainer

The simple answer to this question is yes and no. Yes you will get bigger muscles, however the word ‘bigger’ can be interpreted in a couple of ways. No is for 98% of females and even some males will struggle to put on size. This has a lot to do with your genetics. Does ‘bigger’ mean increasing your muscle size to look like a body builder, or does ‘bigger’ mean increasing your muscle mass and muscle fibres but not necessarily make your muscles look ‘big’?

Any resistance training will increase your muscle mass, muscle fibres and your muscle strength. However, it all depends on your training goals and what you want to get out of your planned workout.

If your goal is to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, then your resistance training workout will most likely incorporate hypertrophy and pure strength training methods. To increase the volume and size of your muscle, enabling you to achieve the aesthetic appeal of ‘bigger’ muscles.

The aesthetic look of ‘bigger’ and large muscles may not be the goal for, let’s say, an older adult. As we age, our muscular strength declines by 30% between the ages of 50-70 years. Please click here for more information regarding the age-related decline and the importance of resistance training. Hence your goal may not be to have aesthetically ‘bigger’ looking muscles but instead, have ‘bigger’ and improved muscle mass and fibres to assist with maintaining their muscle strength. This concept does not mean that their muscles will look huge, but the density and strength of them will improve.

All in all, it does not matter what type of weight training you do. Whether it is lifting heavy weights or completing body weight exercises, any weight or resistance training will enhance your muscles and give you ‘bigger’ muscles. It is the type of exercises and training methods which will determine how aesthetically larger your muscles get and how much stronger you get.

Females will always struggle to get “big” because they lack the essential ingredient, testosterone, to be able to make the muscles grow. So any girls out there avoiding weights in fear of looking like a man, you can put this myth to rest and go and hit the gym.

Good luck on your journey!

Nick Jack is a qualified CHEK Exercise Coach, Level II Holistic Lifestyle Coach and personal trainer. He runs a personal training business called NO Regrets Personal Training.

Nick likes to lift weights, cycle, run and triathlon. He has played almost every sport at one time in his life. Now, he enjoys spending time walking his dog and relaxing with his wife and friends.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column is the author’s professional and personal knowledge and opinion. This information and opinion are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

How Does Hypnosis Take Away Pain?

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There are plenty of reported cases where a patient has undergone surgery under hypnosis in place of anaesthetics, including giving birth, major surgery and even brain surgery. This practice actually dates back to the early 1800s when physician Recamier operated on patients under what was termed a mesmeric coma.

Nowadays there have been numerous studies performed within the medical and science communities to provide evidence that hypnosis reduces and even eliminates pain. Reasons for doing this can vary from a cost factor through to a safety factor for some patients who may have adverse effects to anaesthetics.

A 2002 cost analysis by radiologists Elvira Lang, MD and Max Rosen, MD, compared intravenous sedation with hypnotic sedation during radiology treatment and found that the cost of using hypnosis was two-times less in cost than the standard sedation procedure. A review of controlled clinical studies in 2003 by Dr Patterson and fellow psychologist Mark Jensen, PhD, concluded that hypnosis used for the treatment of acute pain is superior to standard recognised treatment.

So How Does Hypnosis Remove the Pain?

To begin with, we need to understand that all pain is a response in the mind to receiving a sensory signal, which is sensed externally or internally. Pain is not real. It is imagined. A made up reply, to the body sensing something. For example, we feel hitting our toe on a sharp object or we see ourselves cutting our finger, or we feel pain in our tummy because we ate something bad. But have you ever seen something painful happen to someone else and you feel that same pain in your body for a moment? Or you think about doing something, and you feel pain related to that? It is important to note that pain has a purpose, to warn us that something is out of the norm with our body.

The power of hypnosis lies in focusing the mind and being able to shift or reframe responses. Often this technique will be applied in steps, such as reframing a burning sensation into a warm and then comfortable, cool sensation. For example, Dr Milton Erickson helped a woman who was suffering from terrible cancer-related pain to reframe this pain into a mild itch. It’s quite common that chronic pain sufferers will be taught a self-hypnosis method to assist with reducing and even eliminating their pain.

About Our Hypnotherapy News and Review Columnist Ernest McLeod
Ernest McLeod Headshot 1Ernest McLeod is the owner of The Hypno Coach, established in 2012, and has been practicing Hypnotherapy in Adelaide since 2011. Ernest is a certified hypnotherapist and studies include Hypnotherapy through ASA and ICHP Australia as well as Psychotherapy. He also holds Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Certified Practitioner of Time Line Therapy with the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Ernest’s wealth of life experience includes growing up in Austria, close to Vienna. Moving to Adelaide in 1991 with his parents. His mum being South Australian. With his father working for the United Nations in Vienna, Ernest was privileged to grow-up exposed to many cultures. After graduating from college Ernest began a career as Software Developer which spanned nearly 20-years. Having also established himself as a internationally awarded fashion photographer, Ernest moved into hypnotherapy. Something that had fascinated Ernest since early childhood.

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Disclaimer: The information published in this column are based on the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.

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