Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Summer Hypnotherapy Offer at cmhypnotherapy..

Special Summer Hypnotherapy Offer
Summer is almost here and the time for change is now! If you have been meaning to lose some weight, give up smoking, overcome that phobia or are simply wanting to let go of that anxiety and relax, why not try the special SUMMER OFFER at cmhypnotherapy.....? If you book your first appointment before 30th June 2010, you will receive 10% off the first session and then 5% off any subsequent sessions. So start to change your life for the better with hypnosis today and book an appointment at cmhypnotherapy....... Or why not book a Reiki Healing session?
Just mention SUMMER OFFER 2010 when you call or email:

Sessions held at The Kingsfield Centre for Physiotherapy, 54 Chalk Hill, Bushey, WD19 4BX

Or Bodywise, 249 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TV Tel: 020 8861 3336 (Monday afternoons)

Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available

Call 0777 051 5377 or email cmarsh@cmhypnotherapy.co.uk
Find out more about hypnotherapy in Bushey and Harrow

Monday, 3 May 2010

Why Are So Many Women Unhappy?

In today's society, why are so many women who outwardly 'have it all' so desperately unhappy and depressed?  Quite often these women have a successful career, a good marriage, happy, healthy children and lots of friends.  So guilt as to how they can be depressed when they feel they have so much, just adds to the depression.

According to this newspaper article, people are ten times more likely to be depressed now than they would have been in 1945,  with women and adolescent girls being twice as likely to suffer from depression than men. Experts predict that if the rates of depression continue growing at the current rates, that by 2020 depression will be one of the most disabling conditions in the world, only being beaten by heart disease.

So why are the women of today more unhappy than their mothers and grandmothers?  Is it all down to chemical imbalances in the brain, or are the ways we live our lives today innately more stressful, although physically less demanding?  Humans evolved as social primates, so we have a need to live in a community and interact with other humans.  Is this great wave of depression partially caused by the fact that so many more of us live alone or in small family units, sometimes hundreds of miles away from our extended families?

Or is this increase in depression down to the raising of expectations?  Our mothers and grandmothers never expected to have it all.  They were happy if there was money coming into the house and everyone in the family was healthy and either working or getting an education.  We are perhaps the first generation of women who have been brought up to think that we could have it all and, crucially, have it all with no effort and always looking like a supermodel.  So modern women juggle high-powered jobs with housework, child care, their relationship with their partner, friends, hobbies and caring for elderly parents.  In the media, they are constantly being presented with images of 'A' List women floating around looking gorgeous, holding down glamorous jobs, with designer-clad cute kids, and are given the message that this is the way a modern woman should be.

With the pressure on to always be happy, successful and looking good, is it any wonder that so many women today are beginning to unravel?  So is the current epidemic of depression really down to chemicals in the brain going haywire or a sign that there is really something wrong at the heart of Western society?

Find out more in the newspaper article on the depression epidemic

Monday, 12 April 2010

Holding Money Can Provide Pain Relief

Money may not be able to buy you love, but it seems that it can provide you with pain relief.  New research suggests that holding money can relieve pain or even prevent the pain being felt in the first place.  It was found that during research, people who had counted money before being subjected to low level pain felt less discomfort than those who had not been given any cash to handle.

It is believed that this is because handling cash boosts our feelings of self-importance and self-esteem, and it has been proven in earlier studies that someone is more able to deal with pain if they have a high sense of self worth.

Read on for the whole news article on how holding money provides pain relief

Monday, 22 February 2010

Getting Lots of Sleep Boosts Your Brain Power

Scientists have discovered that getting lots of sleep boosts your brain power, and that even having naps of only an hour or two can be beneficial.  It seems that the more hours that people spend awake, the more slow and sluggish their brains become.  There may even be a link between the tendency of older people to sleep less and poorer memory in the elderly.

US scientists have shown that memories are embedded in the brain in a certain stage of sleep and that sleep is needed to clear out the brain's short term memory storage and create space for new information to enter.  A recent study undertaken by the University of California at Berkeley shows that sleep not only cures a person of any effects of prolonged wakefulness, but also at a neurocognitive level moves you on beyond where you were before you slept.

Read the whole news article on sleep boosts your brain power

Friday, 12 February 2010

Is Willpower Better than Nicotine Patches When Trying To Quit Smoking?

New research has shown that willpower maybe a better aid to stopping smoking than nicotine patches and gums.  A research team at Sydney University reviewed 511 studies on stopping smoking and they showed that most ex-smokers had given up smoking without the help of nicotine replacement therapies.

It seems that studies that commend the use of nicotine replacement therapies are more likely to have been funded by the drug companies than other studies.The Australian research team also stated that governments were also involved in the medicalising of quitting smoking and implying that giving up smoking is harder than it actually is. The review of the studies showed that between two-thirds to three-quarters of ex-smokers had given up without using stopping smoking aids and that they had found it easier than expected.

Other experts have disagreed with this research and say that the studies on nicotine patches and nicotine gum had been robust and that relying on willpower alone to quit smoking was not particularly successful.

Read all of this news article on willpower versus nicotine replacement therapies to help quitting smoking

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Need Help for Nail Biting or Hair Pulling?

Biting your nails or persistently pulling out your hair are very distressing habits.  They can be painful, cause physical injury and be damaging to your appearance.  Nail biting and hair pulling are habits and are a sign that the person is stressed and anxious.  The habit inevitably leads to further stress as having bald patches, chewed down, painful-looking finger nails and no eyebrows or lashes, can lead to isolation and have a detrimental affect on someone's family and social life.

So what can be done about these self-harming habits?  Hypnodude has written a very informative Hub on how to break yourself free from the habit of nail biting or hair pulling. In the Hub he provides a very clear description of both habits - onychophagia and trichotillomania - and steps that you can follow to free yourself fromm your habit of nail biting or hair pulling.

Read on to learn how to use self-hypnosis to cure yourself of nail biting and hair pulling

Is Being Addicted to the Internet Linked to Depression?

Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered that spending a lot of time surfing the internet is strongly linked to depression.  They questioned around 1300 people between the ages of 16 and 51 to look at their dependency on the internet and how depressed they were.

In general, they found that the longer people spent online the more depressed people tended to be.  One of the reasons put forward for the internet addiction was that surfing the net was a substitute for more normal social activities.  Although the research proved that there was a correlation between internet addiction and depression, the researchers don't know which comes first.  Does the depression occur due to the amount of time spent on the net, or are depressed people more likely to spend hours internet surfing?

Read the whole news article on depression and internet addiction

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Paul McKenna Admits That He Hypnotised Girlfriend To Like Curry

The famous hypnotist Paul McKenna has admitted that he used mind control to get a girlfriend to like curry. The admission came out during a BBC Radio Five interview where he was asked by a listener if there was a way to get his wife to like sport.

McKenna said that he 'hated himself' for manipulating the girlfriend, and went on to describe the technique he had used to get her to start eating Indian food and eventually liking it.  The technique involved talking about curry when he knew she was hungry and the touching her on the shoulder to create an association over a period of a few weeks.

Please click here to read full news article

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Increasing Magnesium in Diet Can Boost Brain Power

Scientists have discovered in a study that rats fed a magnesium supplement improved their memory and learning ability.The research, done in China, shows that the magnesium supplements encouraged connections between nerve cells in laboratory cultures.  The study then proceeded with rats being given extra magnesium in their diet, and found that the higher level of brain magnesium stimulated different forms of learning and memory in both young and older rats.

It is believed that around half the population in industrialised countries have a magnesium deficit that increases with age.  This magnesium deficit could contribute to age-related memory decline, so taking a magnesium supplement could reduce the effects of this decline or even prevent it.  Foods that contain magnesium include nuts, pulses, avocado, halibut, spinach, brown rice and milk products.

To read the whole article, please click here

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Hypnotic Trance Faciltated By Brain Asymmetry

Tests conducted by Peter Naish of the Open University point to the fact that those who go into a hypnotic trance more easily are more likely to have an imbalance between their brain's two hemispheres.

This challenges the belief of sceptics who say that hypnotic trance is not a biological function, but simply a case of some people being more susceptible and willing to act out the trance. However, the recent research suggests that during hypnosis there is actually less connectivity between different regions of the brain and a decrease of activity in the rational, left side of the brain and an increase of activity in the more creative right side.

Naish's tests suggested a successful hypnotic trance required temporary domination by the brain's right side, which might be easier to bring about in people who tended to have an imbalance between the two spheres of their brain even when they are not in the trance.

To read the whole article, please click here

Drink a Pint of Blueberry Juice a Day to Improve Memory

Tests have shown that drinking a pint of blueberry juice a day could help to stave off memory loss.

A study on pensioners showed that after twelve weeks of drinking daily blueberry juice they fared up to 40% better on memory tests.  They were also 33% better at memorising lists and did better than pensioners who were drinking grape juice.  Researchers at the University of Cincinnati put the improvements down to compounds found in the blueberry called anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins are responsible for the deep, bluey-purple colour of the fruit and always help to protect against other conditions such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes.

To read the whole article, please click here

Thursday, 21 January 2010

What Does Success Mean to You?

Success means different things to all of us.  In her fascinating Hub 'How Failure, Leads to Success' wrenfrost 56 talks about life being a marathon and not a sprint, and how the meaning of success can be interpreted in so many different ways.  What is the meaning of success for you?  Is it lots of money, a successful career, a big house, a great relationship or a big, happy family?

wrenfrost56 talks about being persistent, taking the time to learn new things properly and being adaptable to change.  So if you think that maybe you are fearful of success, click here to read the whole of the Hub and learn about how to be successful!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Test For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Found

Scientists have discovered that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be tested by measuring magnetic fields in the brain.  74 US war veterans were tested and the technique was successful 90% of the time.  Conventional brain scans do not show if a person has PTSD and this is the first time that such a test has worked.

PTSD is caused by being involved in or witnessing traumatic events such as natural disasters, wars or violent crime and can cause distressing symptoms such as flashbacks, anger, general nervousness and nightmares that can drag on for many years.

For the full news article, please click here

Monday, 18 January 2010

Stress Does Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

New research has discovered that if someone gets stressed, it really can increase their chance of having a heart attack. It has been believed that there is no link between a person's stress levels and heart conditions, but researchers at University College London have conducted a trial that proves for the first time that stressed people are more likely to suffer from heart disease.

The researchers conducted tests on 514 people with an average age of 62 and those people who got stressed by the tests were more likely to have furring and narrowing of the arteries than those who remained calm.

To read the full news article, click here

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Chemical in Plastic Containers Linked to Health Risks

British & US researchers have found that a chemical found in plastic containers is linked to heart disease.  The researchers have studied the effects of the chemical, which is called bisphenol A, by using data taken from US survey on nutrition dating from 2006.

The survey showed that high levels of bisphenol A found in urine samples was associated with heart disease.  The analysis also showed that the chemical had links to diabetes and some forms of liver disease.  US environmental health advocay groups are calling for a federal ban on bisphenol A.  Canada is planning to outlaw plastic baby bottles containing the chemical and the British charity Breast Cancer UK is urging the UK Government to do the same as there is evidence that the chemical is linked to breast cancer.

For the full news article click here

Monday, 11 January 2010

Recession 'Causing More Stress'

Research has shown that the recession is causing greater levels of stress in British workers.  In a research project of almost 800 self-employed managers and professionals run by Clydesdale Bank, one in five questioned thought that the recession had caused them to feel more stressed at work.

One in four of the workers also believed that they were working longer hours due to the economic downturn.  Yorkshire was said to be the most stressed region and younger workers were the more likely to be stressed.

For the full news article click here

Scientists Crack Migraine Mystery

One of the more distressing symptoms of a classic migraine is the need for a migraine sufferer to shun the light and lie down in a darkened room.  Nearly 85% of migraine sufferers are sensitive to light and scientists now believe that they have solved the mystery.

Their research has shown that light exacerbates migraines because of a group of retina cells at the back of the eye.  These photoreceptors send a signal to the brain along the optic nerve which stimulates the migraine pain neurons.  This means that any amount of light causes pain and ensures that the migraine sufferer seeks out a dark room.

For the full news article read here

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Trainee Hypnotist Puts Himself Into Trance Using A Mirror

A trainee hypnotist has accidently put himself into a trance for five hours by practising in front of a mirror.

Helmut Kichmeier, aged 27 and stage name Hannibal Helmurt, was practising for his sword-swallowing act at the 'Circus of Horrors' when he put himself into a hypnotic trance at 10am and was not found by his wife until 3pm.  It wasn't until his teacher, Dr Ray Roberts, talked to him on the phone, that he was able to come out of the trance.

His intention was to learn to go into a trance on the stage in order to be able to swallow multiple swords at one time.

Read on for the full news story

Mobile Phone Use 'May Reverse Alzheimers'

New research has suggested that using a mobile phone could protect against Alzheimer's and maybe even reverse the effects of the disease.

Scientists working with mice have cured them of Alzheimer's by exposing them to the electromagnetic waves produced by mobile phones. The electromagnetic waves erased sticky deposits of a harmful protein in the brains of the mice and the memory and cognitive levels of the mice returned to normal.

The US researchers believe that this discovery could lead to an effective, drug-free way to treat and prevent Alzheimers.

For the full news article please click here

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Succeed and Reach Your Goals

This is the time of year where we set out our New Year Resolutions and work out what goals we want to achieve in the coming year.  But how many of you have already started that diet and fallen off the wagon?  Or given up smoking but are already nipping out the back to have a crafty fag or two?

If you want to find some motivation to reach your goals, try reading this excellent Hub by Kirstenblog called 'Succeed and Reach Your Goals'.  Kirstenblog takes you through how she has been going about trying to reach her goal of financial independence.  She takes you through working out what your goals really are and how to build your success.

To read all of this very interesting Hub click here

Doubts Cast on New Theory About The Cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a mysterious condition that causes tiredness, mental fatigue, headaches, pains int the joints, muscular pain and depression.  It now accepted by UK medical practitioners as a genuine syndrome, although previously some doctors believed that it was an imagined disorder.

In October 2009 an American team of scientists published research that indicated that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome could be triggered by a virus called XMRV.  But British Researchers have conducted a further study that shows no evidence that XMRV plays a part in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Read the full news article here

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Meditation Should Be Available on the NHS

A mental health charity has recommended that meditaiton should be available on the National Health in the UK to treat ongoing periods of depression.  The Mental Health Foundation is recommending a 'mindfulness' approach which they believe could save the NHS billions.  Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) mixes meditation and cognitive therapy and is thought to halve the relapse rates of people suffering from depression.

Read the full news article here

Monday, 4 January 2010

Mass Web Hypnosis Session On Internet Tonight In Attempt To Break Record

Hypnotist Chris Hughes is tonight going to attempt to break the world record for the highest number of people ever in a trance by holding a mass hypnosis session on the internet.  He has managed to sign up more than 6,300 participants through using Facebook and Twitter, calling the event SocialTrance.

Read on for the whole news article

Self Hypnosis Induction-Learn how to go into trance by yourself

Self hypnosis is an invaluable tool. In this informative Hub, Hypnodude explains the process of self hypnosis and gives you a step-by-step explanation of how to go into a self-induced trance for beneficial purposes:

Self Hypnosis Induction-Learn how to go into trance by yourself