Posts tagged #hypnotherapy

Bringing Breathe Blogs Together

hypnotherapy rainbow

As Breathe Holistic Therapy has developed over the last 9 years I have introduced a number of specialised blogs with their own aim and focus including this hypnotherapy research blog.  This blog aims at reporting on  a wide spectrum of  hypnotherapy research.

Each of the blogs I've developed include information and interesting posts exploring subjects all relating to one thing: the work of Breathe Holistic Therapy and needs of the clients.  I have decided to consolidate all the blogs into one. I aim to make the posts more accessible and easier to find. All future posts sharing interesting pieces of hypnotherapy research will now be posted on the Breathe Therapy Blog.

All the previous posts will still remain published here and can be read or shared again, remaining available to you into the future.  I hope you find the single blog more accessible and continue to enjoy reading.

Posted on July 8, 2016 and filed under hypnotherapy, mindfulness.

Hypnosis and the Menopause


Hypnosis can help beat some of the misery of menopause according to a recent evidence from the NAMS.

A report published this week concluded that hypnotherapy was more effective at managing the symptoms of the menopause than many commonly used therapies. Hypnosis came out as a complementary therapy that actually reduced symptoms such as hot flushes. A study cited showed that women having regular hypnosis experienced a dramatic reduction in hot flushes.

 Having reviewed the results of many rigorous studies the North American Menopause Society concluded that hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy had be proven to be effective. The report found that herbal remedies gave no noticeable positive results. 

Dr Janet Carpenter, an expert for the North American Menopause Society, said:

Many women try one thing after another, and it is months before they stumble on something that truly works. This information will be critical in maximising the selection of the most effective therapies.”  “The menopause is not an illness, it’s a transition,” she said. “It’s not like you can just take a pill for it because it is as much about your emotional and spiritual well being, especially your self confidence as you age and your changing role when the kids are leaving home."

From 50 to 80 percent of women in North America approaching menopause try non-hormonal therapies for hot flushes. Many don't really work according the NAMS, and sticking with those therapies can just prolong the misery. With little guidance on what does work, many women just experiment with products or suffer. The new research conclusions give women a better informed choice about what treatments to try.

If you would like to know more about hypnotherapy please do not hesitate to contact me



Posted on September 28, 2015 and filed under hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy and ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


ME explored by Kidderminster hypnotherapist Joanne Marie

The NHS use the term Chronic fatigue Syndrome for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes many symptoms including persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and does not go away with sleep or rest. Myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Both CFS and ME are commonly used terms.  

Most cases of CFS are mild or moderate, but up to one in four people with CFS have severe symptoms. Those severely affected are able to carry out minimal daily tasks, such as brushing teeth, but have significantly reduced mobility; and may also have difficulty concentrating.  Many experiencing CFS often talk about their brain feeling as if it is in a whirl of fog, with dizziness also being a feature.

Unfortunately there is currently no accepted cure and no universally effective treatment. Those treatments which have helped reduce particular symptoms in some people have unfortunately proved ineffective or even counterproductive in others (M.E. Association website accessed Jan 2015).  

The NHS recommends a number of treatments to help with the condition . These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help people to accept the diagnosis, challenge thoughts that could prevent symptoms improving and to try to increase a sense of control over symptoms. 

Hypnotherapy has been explored as a complementary therapy to assist with managing the symptoms of ME. A study in 1997 found self hypnosis successful for some subjects with CFS .but others did find it difficult to practice self hypnosis even with the help of an audiotape. This small study did, however, find generally positive results when using hypnotherapy to manage symptoms of CFS. The author concluded:    
 “The striking point about the cases reported here is the degree of control facilitated by hypnosis over the feelings of fatigue and myalgia that characterize CFS. There is a need for a randomized controlled study on the effectiveness of hypnotic intervention in CFS, as has recently been conducted with relaxation. Possibly, however, hypnosis will be most effective as an adjunct to other interventions, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, as it has been with other complaints.”
(‘Hypnosis and the chronic fatigue syndrome: a case study’. Vernon H Gregg and David Jones. Contemporary Hypnosis (1995), Vol. 12, No. 2, p.p.87-91.

In "Coping with Chronic fatigue Syndrome" Dr Friedberg suggests the use of hypnotherapy in relation to a number of symptoms such as low self esteem, stress, anxiety and loss of self confidence.  He recognises that treatment is largely in the realms of traditional medical care but advises that hypnosis and meditation can be a welcome addition to the welfare of any individual with ME. 

If you would like more information please so contact me.

Posted on August 19, 2015 and filed under hypnotherapy.

Mindfulness Research


Mindfulness has been researched extensively and there are many quality studies available showing it's variety of benefits. 

Evidence shows that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can, on average, reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression by 43%. Research also suggests that it’s particularly effective for vulnerable groups who are more likely to relapse (J Williams et al, “Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Preventing Relapse in Recurrent Depression: A Randomized Dismantling Trial”, 2013.).  The evidence is so robust that the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) recommends it for all people who have had two or more depressive episodes.

Research into individuals with “problematic” levels of stress found significant improvement in perceived levels of stress over the course of a mindfulness stress reduction program. The findings of this research were consistent with other studies. (RA Baer et al, “Weekly change in mindfulness and perceived stress in a mindfulness-based stress reduction program”, 2012).

 A limited amount of research into mindfulness during pregnancy has shown encouraging results on the positive impact of mindfulness, finding ‘significantly’ reduced anxiety (C Vieten, “Effects of a mindfulness-based intervention during pregnancy on prenatal stress and mood: results of a pilot study”, 2007).

There is evidence that mindfulness can help individuals with insomnia. A subject in the study described changes thus; “Maria discovered ....... the principles and practices of mindfulness meditation allow for sleep to unfold rather than increasing efforts to clear the mind or try harder to make sleep happen.”  (J Ong et al  “ A mindfulness –based approach to the treatment of insomnia” , 2010).

Mindfulness has been researched as an intervention for pain management. A randomised control study concluded “Mind-body therapies such as the MBSR program are a promising non-pharmacologic adjunct to current pain treatment for older adults. However, larger more rigorous trials must be undertaken to convincingly demonstrate their effectiveness.”  (N. Morone et al “Mindfulness meditation for the treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults: A randomized controlled pilot study”, 2008).

My experiences of mindfulness are of course anecdotal but you can read a little about my use of mindfulness in our therapy blog.

Posted on June 8, 2015 and filed under hypnotherapy, mindfulness.