Most of know that familiar feeling of weight creeping up on us and before we know it our mid rift is simply beginning to hang over our belt not to mention the less visible belly button. There are so many reasons and excuses and unfortunately our subconscious mind is really clever at brushing it under the carpet. Hormones changes leading to a slowing metabolism, not enough time because the kids are on the go all the time, lack of energy, eating on the go, snacking between meals….the reasons are endless. But what id=f a few simple changes to your lifestyle with little effort helped to change your thought process and prepare yourself for a healthier life and body with little effort? Interested?….read pn please.
Start with the intention of following through and not giving in from the beginning. The week before you want to start implementing change begin with a few simple mind exercises
- On waking each day feel grateful for everything you have in your life so far. Gratitude for the warm home, job, family etc whatever is important to you. Focus on this a few time for a few minutes each day. Before going to sleep feel grateful for your day and the fact that you want to implement change.
- Continue to eat as you usually do but take a mental note of what you have eaten. Drink plenty of water. Warmed water with fruit infused can be more exciting to drink.
- Spend a few minutes each day imagining what your end result will look like. Even look at some past photos when you felt healthier and weighted less.
- Buy one medium sized BLUE plate and if possible a BLUE glass.
And now for the following week……the work begins
- Continue to focus on the exercises from the week before especially increasing water intake.
- Plan the meals/menu for the week so you don’t over shop.
- Use fresh and unprocessed food as much as possible. Less carbs and more protein. Eliminate bread, toast and wraps. Starting the day with 2 eggs scrambled or poached is great and filling especially when tomatoes, spinach and a small amount of feta is yum. This is filling and there is a chance of less snacking.
- Have a homemade veg soup mid morning if you feel hungry. Lunches are easy, such as chicken fillet salad or salmon salad.
- Dinner is sensible by have veg instead of pasta or potatoes with meat (not processed) steak, mince, chicken etc.
- Serve all your meals on a BLUE place and use a BLUE glass. Blue is a calming colour but there is also scientific proof that blue suppresses the appetite. There is very little blue in the natural world and food. Yes blueberries are blue but theres not a lot of other blue natural foods.
- Using a medium size plate or a smaller plate than normal also sends a signal to the brain that the plate is full.
- Slow down eating and chewing. this gives the brain time to acknowledge you have eaten and are feel full.
- In between meals it is ok to have hunger pains and to get used to them. It’s simply the boys way of telling us that its time to prepare a meal. In the meantime the body is busy digesting what it can from the previous meal and preparing for the next. Burning up extra calories.
- Sit down for every meal. No more eating on the go.
Start with these simple changes and remember that if you are over eating or eating the wrong food your mind has become conditioned to this so changing the thought process around can take time. Get out into the fresh air more and walk a little each day. This gives clarity of mind and helps release happy endorphins. Increasing daily exercise is always going to be beneficial.
It is always great to have help and support with changing any of the minds subconscious habits especially around food and exercise.
Hypnotherapy has been hugely successful for many making the journey less effort and a more pleasurable experience.
Call Orla 086-1040407 to book a consultation if you feel you need a boost and some support to take control back and become healthier.
Reflexology Self Care
Are you aware of the importance of self care? We are all so used to and conditioned to look after everyone else in the family. Sometimes we over look the importance of out own health with physically and mentally. As the saying goes “you cannot poor from an empty cup, you must fill your cup first”. So what is self care? Well really it involves anything that you do for yourself which makes you feel better by doing something good for yourself. For some it’s an afternoon shopping or lunch with the girls. For others the batteries need recharging on a deeper level and there is nothing better than a fabulous holistic treatment such as massage or reflexology.
Reflexology is a fabulous way to bring balance back into your body. If you are not sure how reflexology works I will simplify it and its really not that complicated to begin with. Every part of the is mapped on to the foot. That is that every part of the body has a corresponding point on the foot so when the points on the foot are massaged using specific techniques the corresponding part of the body is sent a stimulus. This helps kick start that organ/part of the body to regenerate and bring about a balance. Of course advanced techniques and linking specific areas are used by the reflexologist. never the less a total feeling of well being and deep relaxation occurs naturally. And as we all know when we rest we heal much quicker. What a lovely way to recharge your batteries from time to time.
EARLY BIRD PRICE NOW (€150)
This workshop is limited to places. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
What the workshop involves
There are seven rays of Reiki, you will be attuned to the first ray
You will learn about what Reiki is and the history of Reiki
You will learn about the Chakas and the aura
You will be shown techniques for scanning, cleansing and protecting the aura
There will be a guided meditation
You will learn the hand positions for self healing
You will be shown the hand positions for treating others.
After learning how to treat others you will both give and receive a full treatment.
After the workshop:
You will be confident to give a treatment to friends and family.
you will know how to self treat an will have the amazing ability to channel Reiki for life
You will receive:
A Reiki level 1 manual & Certificate
Ongoing support and advice & invitation to free Reiki Share.
Investment: €150 (€50 deposit) Early bird price until September 29th
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnosis is a state of relaxation and concentration at one with the state of heightened awareness induced by suggestion. It is a natural trance state, like daydreaming, when the mind is relaxed and focused, where time passes very quickly, accompanied by good feelings of deep relaxation of mind and body.
Hypnotherapy is a treatment that is based on the premise that the mind and body do not work in isolation. By sending the patient into a hypnotic state, the therapist aims to trigger the body’s mental and physical self-healing processes that lie in the subconscious.
Anybody can be sent into a hypnotic state; it is not a sign of gullibility or suggestibility on the part of the patient. Hypnosis induces a state of relaxation and concentration that practitioners claim is a natural manifestation of the mind at work.
When undergoing hypnotherapy, patients are conscious and aware, but are open to the power of suggestion. They cannot be induced to do anything against their will.
ARE THERE SOME PEOPLE WHO CANNOT BE HYPNOTISED?
Everyone is capable of sleep and trance experiences such as daydreaming and can therefore be hypnotised. Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon and even animals are capable of experiencing hypnosis spontaneously.
There are some exceptions, such as young children, people with mental difficulties or those with extremely sub-normal intelligence. Psychotic patients are not advised to undergo hypnosis.
WILL I BE AWARE OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WHEN UNDER HYPNOSIS?
Yes. The word ‘hypnosis’ derives from Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, but most people experiencing hypnosis are far from actually sleeping. The predominant feeling of most people is that it cannot have worked and they did not ‘go under’.
People experiencing hypnosis may appear to others to be asleep, but they can think, talk, open their eyes and respond to suggestion freely. When under hypnosis, people are usually aware of their surroundings and can hear everything going on around them, including the hypnotherapist’s voice.
WHAT IS SELF-HYPNOSIS?
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis, meaning that the hypnotherapist is only a guide or catalyst to elicit the trance experience in the client. The power of hypnosis resides in the client, not in the hypnotherapist.
HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
Scientists are not really sure how it works. The autonomic nervous system controls all the automatic functions of the body while we are asleep and it has been proven that words and suggestion can affect the central nervous system while we are awake.
Distracting the conscious mind causes a dissociation of the conscious and unconscious mind and is the first step in inducing hypnosis. There are many differing techniques a hypnotherapist can use to put a client into hypnosis.
By talking to their clients in a soothing voice and getting them to visualise relaxing and monotonous situations, practitioners are able to send their clients into a state of very deep relaxation where they will still be aware of their surroundings but are very much more sensitive to suggestion.
Once the patient has closed their eyes, the hypnotherapist deepens the trance by suggesting to the conscious mind to daydream or relax. While the conscious mind is inactive the subject is likely to respond to all suggestions literally. Positive suggestions are then introduced and absorbed by the conscious mind.
When in this state, the patient’s subconscious can be ‘reprogrammed’ to deal with certain feelings in a different way and as such, hypnotherapy is not only very effective in the treatment of phobias, addictions, but it can also reduce stress and alleviate pain.
HOW SUCCESSFUL IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Practitioners and researchers claim success rates of 90% and higher for professionally conducted hypnotherapy, that is followed up with a treatment plan and self-hypnosis tapes.
A research project in the UK found that 92% of those who had attended a hypnotherapist would recommend the experience to others. The Irish Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy claim an 80% success rate in treating clients for smoking.
WHAT AILMENTS IS HYPNOTHERAPY SUITABLE FOR TREATING?
Hypnotherapy is useful for treating a variety of complaints, both physical and mental. Used in conjunction with other therapies, such as psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy can help patients to overcome certain psychological complaints, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, depression, phobias, and neuroses.
It is particularly useful for overcoming phobias, and ceasing problematic habitual behaviour, like stammering, snoring, smoking, teeth grinding, sleepwalking or nail biting.
It can also help alleviate some of the symptoms of physical complaints like allergies, travel sickness, insomnia and irritable bowel syndrome. Used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment, hypnotherapy has demonstrated positive benefits in the treatment of cancer.
Hypnotherapy is also useful in providing general health benefits, such as improving posture and digestion, reducing dependence on sleeping pills or tranquillisers, and helping to eradicate stress.
WHEN IS HYPNOTHERAPY NOT RECOMMENDED?
Hypnotherapy is not generally advisable for mentally disturbed or psychotic patients. Some psychiatric professionals do use hypnotherapy in conjunction with orthodox treatments for patients with such conditions, but always within an institutional environment where other forms of treatment are also available.
Patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar conditions, suicidal tendencies, senility, alcohol or drug psychosis, pathological personalities or manic depression are generally advised not to undergo hypnotherapy.
While hypnotherapy is useful in alleviating mild cases of depression, it is contra-indicated for manic depression and bipolar conditions. It is also contraindicated in some cases of epilepsy.
The Irish Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy consider that any organic symptomology should not be treated by hypnotherapy until a doctor has made a diagnosis and recommended hypnotherapy as a course of treatment.
HOW MANY HYPNOTHERAPY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Every hypnotherapist has their own way of approaching different symptoms, depending on their training and experience. On average between six and eight sessions might be expected for most ailments, whereas one session may be sufficient to cease smoking.