Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Importance of Stress Management the Workplace

Nowadays the medical profession, employers and HR professionals are recognizing just how much stress seems to be in the workplace.  Governments are setting up various rules that need to be followed to ensure that people are able to cope with todays stressors.

We all live under increasing pressure these days, and many of the corporate clients we work with present with issues around stress, but what is ‘stress’ exactly?

The standard definition is something like the emotional, physiological and psychological effects caused by a build up of either internally or externally generated mental pressure ….

Everyone responds differently to stress. Some may have anxiety, panic attacks, or display aggressive behavior. Others find it affects their digestive system or make them feel tired or run down. We have had people describe sudden feelings of fear or panic, early morning waking, feeling edgy or bad tempered, upset Stomach, diarrhea, or constipation, poor concentration, constantly feeling exhausted, palpitations, headaches or migraine, feeling tense, all manner of aches and pains, and much much more

Excessive stress in your life interferes with your interpersonal relationships at home, on the job, and socially. Stress can waste your vitality and deplete your personal energy resources. You can become negatively influenced in your attitudes and feelings about yourself more easily. More seriously, medical research estimates as much as 90 percent of illness and disease is stress-related. It can interfere with your physical functioning and bodily processes, raise blood pressure and directly harms the cardiovascular system. Stress depresses the immune system and allows chronic illnesses to overwhelm us, It can cause real pain, disability, and even death.

With the advent of rules and regulations regarding stress in the workplace many companys are actively seeking ways to deal with this issue in house.  Stress management courses are becoming the norm in the business environment.

Hypnosis is the ideal tool to use to learn new ways to cope more effectively.  Its a powerful tool to counteract stress and stress related illness, and one of the fastest and the easiest way to relax deeply by lowering heart rate and blood pressure and relaxing muscle tension. Hypnosis is a relaxed and focused state of mind and people can be trained to enter this state in just a few sessions. Once trained, most clients can induce a self-hypnotic state at any convenient times during their day simple and easily.

Our Foundation Course in Clinical Hypnotherapy not only gives you a solid foundation in using and creating the trance state it also qualifies to you be a Stress Management Consultant.  Giving you strategies that can translate into a lucrative business teaching stress management techniques.

Details of our next Foundation Course can be found here …….  https://icchypnotherapy.com/training-courses/clinical-hypnotherapy/

Monday, 13 March 2017

I've got my certificate now what do I do?

For some, making the transition from practicing NLP in the comfort of a training venue to ‘out there’ in the real world is a daunting prospect.   Working with other delegates who have some knowledge of NLP is much easier than being in the big wide world listening to someone who has a real problem and no idea what NLP is or how hypnosis works.

The question I am asked most frequently usually begins with, “I have a client with x and I have tried y and it didn’t work, I don’t know what to do now, I’ve tried the “name of technique” and the client is just stuck, what do you suggest my next move is?”

Frequently, my first reply is based on something I learned during my Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses, Richard Bandler said: “there is no such thing as a resistant client”.

As NLP Practitioners we all know that our state drives our success.  When you become stuck, consider checking that you have the most beneficial state to work with your client.  Is your inner dialogue yelling “Its not working, its not working”, or something equally unhelpful. Are you making pictures of failed outcomes, or allowing yourself to sink into a feeling of despair or panic? Remember, “go there first, get your own state under control”.

Now, have you really heard what your client said?

Just recently at the last Practitioner and Master Practitioner in London Richard Bandler said there were no correct techniques to use only those that worked.  That by paying attention to the person in front of you, you will notice what is needed as they will tell you.

Do you know what they want, what is their desired state, what will be different as a result of achieving this desired state?

Does your client understand what is being asked of them? 

Whilst viewing sessions conducted by newly qualified practitioners I have witnessed a complete lack of understanding between Practitioner and client.  One example of this is where the practitioner says “I’m just going to anchor that for you”, and the client wonders if they’re seeing your for coaching or about to embark on a cruise?  Keep your explanations simple.

So many people once they have attended their NLP training wonder what to do, how do they put it all together?

In 18 days in Londons Docklands you have the perfect opportunity to learn how to put it all together.

Learn from three of Dr Richard Bandlers Licensed Master Trainers, Steve Crabb, Alessandro Mora and Tina Taylor who all run highly successful coaching businesses within the Life, Business and Sports Coachng arena.

Sometimes people who learn NLP come away from their training with a lot of techniques, have a great attitude, but they don’t know where to start to create their coaching practice: we’ll tell you step by step! This is the best of our best. You’ll learn the strategies developed in over 40 combined years of coaching practices, so that you can save time and money and start creating success.

Check out https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/licensed-nlp-coach-tickets-28831551948 for more details and to book your place.  


Friday, 17 February 2017

Doing what you love ......

How would you like to live the dream? Have the freedom to work the hours you choose whilst creating a highly lucrative business?  All whilst you are helping others achieve their goals.

This may sound too good to be true, yet this is the reality for many coaches.

The demand for high quality professional coaches is outstripping supply as more companies, clubs, athletes, entrepreneurs, managers, corporations are looking for a coach who can help them to achieve better results.

Great coaching makes a difference.

That’s why COACHING is becoming so valuable a set of skills for you to learn.

A lot of people after completing their NLP training think about using their NLP skills; some think about becoming a hypnotherapist whilst many think about becoming coaches.  They consider how they can make this happen, maybe they are looking for a career change to something more satisfying. 

I’m lucky in that I love my job, and get to do what I love every day, how much time do you spend doing the things that you love?

If you want to become a great coach, doing something that you love, being of service and run a profitable business then this is your opportunity to “fast track” your way to success.

If you want to know how to own a profitable coaching business your search ends here.

Running a thriving coaching business requires vision, knowledge, practice and tenacity and can take time.  That’s why this Coaching programme is unique and is so valuable: it is based upon real experience and will save you time, money and a whole lot of effort.

Contact Tina Taylor to see if there are any offers available on this seminar.


Thursday, 15 December 2016

What to do with your clients .........

One of the keys to being a great coach, therapist, teacher or trainer is behavioral flexibility.  Wouldn't it be great if all clients were motivated, compliant and able to follow and process instructions. If they could then there would never be any difficult clients.  Have you ever had a client or even found yourself motivated, with well-formed outcomes having done an ecology check and yet still not making progress? 

What do you do then?

And of course after the NLP Trainings in London the new graduates often post on social media looking for the way to help people overcome specific problems.

I remember vividly from my NLP Training, initially as a student and then as an assistant for many years Richard Bandlers response’s to students questions.  Once after being asked by a student what to do to help someone overcome a specific problem where his reply was “use the technique that works” and students being told “if what you are doing isn’t working do something else”.  

Initially this can seem daunting to some.

Over the years I have helped thousands achieve their goals; I personally love the different ways in which humans manage to process information and create various outcomes in their lives.   And the way in which NLP can be used, moulded to meet the needs of the client.

Just think even if you aren’t getting the outcome that you want, there is something that you are doing within your mind that makes the outcome you don’t want, the correct outcome for what you are doing.

A while ago, I worked with a cage fighter with a phobia of vegetables.  Fit, healthy, six foot four male, quite happy to fight another man in a cage and yet couldn’t be in the same room as vegetables without having an overwhelming urge to run away.

He had already been to see a cognitive behavioural therapist, hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner.  Apparently nothing they suggested worked.  The cognitive behavioural therapist wanted him to use diversion techniques, the hypnotist used positive suggestions and hypnotic desensitisation whilst the NLP Practitioner tried the NLP fast phobia cure.  Each told him they had the answer but only tried one approach, and that didn’t work.

Experience has taught me its not always a case of what technique to use for what problem, it may be that a combination of things are needed by the person you are coaching.  The more experience and skills you have combined with how flexible you are in your responses equals the most success with your clients.

At January’s practice group we’ll be exploring strategies, amongst other things to look at how to put it all together; come and join us for a day of practice, learning and fun.


And in the spring Alessandro Mora, Steve Crabb and I will be running a Licensed NLP Coach certificated course.  Teaching you how you can use your NLP skills with various Coaching Methods covering Business, Life and Sports Coaching.  Contact Tina Taylor for details of Decembers offer for the Licensed NLP Coach certification in London.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Hypnosis for Pain Control

I have discovered that women can have painless childbirth yet whenever I mention the possibility and woman’s ability to achieve this herself without the use of drugs; so many people respond with comments along the lines of “but that’s what an epidural is for”.   I’ve been running my childbirth classes for many years and have helped countless women achieve a much easier birth experience.
In todays society its as if we have lost contact with our own capabilities, when childbirth is probably its safest; now we have scans that indicate if baby or mum needs any medical assistance with the birth.  And yet women are choosing the have a caesarean section over a virginal birth.

In Turkey for example over 50% of babies are born via C Section compared to 15% in Iceland.  In reality a very small percentage of mums require a C section for medical reasons.  Today most are elected.

A new study by Danish scientists have concluded that C Sections constitutes a greater risk factor than the mums electing for them may realize.

People born by C Section, are more likely to suffer from chronic disorders such as asthma, rheumatism, allergies, bowel disorders, and leukaemia than people born naturally.

So many women choose a C Section as they think it’s the easiest way to give birth without pain without really considering the effects of swopping something natural for an operation.
Over time we have learnt to rely on chemical anaesthesia, in the mid 1800’s when we discovered chemicals to alleviate pain in surgery it must have seemed like a miracle.  Before this discovery surgery was gruesome as doctors tried to alleviate their patients pain with alcohol, opium and even knocking them out with a blow to the jaw.

At the same time that chemical anaesthesia became available, an English doctor was exploring the use of hypnosis.  He documented thousands of successful operations with the use of hypnosis.
The idea of using hypnosis in surgery laid dormant until the 20th century when some hospitals, began to offer hypnosis plus a small dosage of a local aesthetic as a surgical option as early as 1992.
“It has taken us a century and a half to rediscover the fact that the mind has something to do with the pain and can be a powerful tool in controlling it,” wrote Stanford School of Medicine professor David Spiegel in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

From May 2011 to April 2015 a team of French surgeons worked with 37 patients who needed a craniotomy for gliomas, a specific type of brain tumour. The surgeons behind the study believe that this research proves that “hypnosedation” can be a valuable tool for patients with advanced brain cancers.

Hypnosis has the potential to be a better option than anaesthesia combinations because patients recover faster, need fewer painkillers, and retain more awareness.

Allopathic medicine is beginning to recognize the usefulness of using Hypnosis for surgery something we knew back in the 1850’s is being rediscovered.

Anxious patients heading into surgery often receive medication to ease their fears, but its been discovered that a few words from their physicians can actually be more effective than medicine.  In fact, "conversational hypnosis" as the approach is known, may do a better job than pills for relaxing patients before anaesthesia and surgery, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2015 annual meeting.

"The anaesthesiologist uses calm, positive words to divert the patient's attention and help him or her feel more comfortable," said Emmanuel Boselli, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and a physician anaesthesiologist at édouard Herriot Hospital, Lyons, France. "It reflects a change in the way the physician interacts with the patient and takes just a few minutes."

They compared the results of hypnosis to the use of a standard medication called hydroxyzine, which is taken orally to relax patients before their procedure.

In the study of 100 patients undergoing hand surgery, 50 had conversational hypnosis while being given local anaesthesia, and 50 were given 25 mg of oral hydroxyzine 30 minutes to an hour before a general aesthetic.

Their levels of relaxation were assessed prior to and also after receiving hypnosis or medication and anaesthesia.

According to Dr. Boselli, the study suggests that conversational hypnosis can  increase patient self-reported comfort during regional anaesthesia without medication, and that this effect can be objectively monitored.  "Conversational hypnosis can be used prior to surgery in conscious patients having local or regional anaesthesia," said Dr. Boselli. "It also could be beneficial before general anaesthesia to decrease patient anxiety."

Whilst studying NLP and Hypnosis one of the things that intrigued me was the way that the mind creates our thoughts, beliefs and responses to situations, and I was drawn to the minds ability to control various sensations or our perception of sensations specifically the sensation labelled pain. How is it that we have different “pain thresholds”; and that one persons pain can be another’s pleasure. This question brought my attention back to childbirth and the fact that there are women in the world today that give birth within a few hours and then return to work with their babies swaddled to them. What is it that makes birth easy for some women and difficult for others?

During my research I found Dr Grantly Dick Read also had this question; he was a doctor at Whitechapel Hospital, East London, in the early 1900’s.  One evening when he was called out to assist a woman in labour, he offered her chloroform, the only chemical pain control available at the time, which she refused.  Afterwards when he congratulated her on her bravery she replied “it didn’t hurt. It wasn’t meant to was it Doctor?”

Dr Dick Read said that women who had easy births appeared to be in a trance like state, this comment spurred me onto investigate pain in childbirth and from there hypnotic pain control for chronic conditions as well as for general anaesthesia.

Before Dr Dick Read looked at childbirth, there were many surgeons looking for ways to conduct surgery painlessly and during the 1800s many who explored the use of hypnosis or mesmerism to help their patients.

Physician Professor John Elliotson, the author of Surgical Operations in the Mesmeric State without Pain (1843), agreed with the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal [quoted in the British Medical Surgical Journal (1846)35:542] that, compared to chloroform “mesmerism could perform a thousand times greater wonders, and without any of the dangers".  Mesmerism, as hypnosis was known, was considered at this time to be useful for minor surgery.  Yet as the century wore on, most patients - and their surgeons - preferred to take their chances with anaesthetics rather than hypnosis.
Whilst John Elliotson was exploring the use of hypnosis in the UK, James Esdaile was in India conducting hundreds of operations painlessly with the use of hypnosis.  His research was published in his book Mesmerism in India in 1851.

Its believed that with the advent of chemical anaesthesia research in hypnosis began to wain.
There are many phenomena surrounding hypnosis, and its been found that when patients use hypnosis to prepare for surgery apart from needing less chemical anaesthesia (and in some cases brain and open heart surgery has been performed without any chemical anaesthesia at all); the patients were much more relaxed, healed quicker and also bleed less during surgery.

On 20th May I will be at the NLP Life Training Life Talks to speak about my experience of using hypnosis for pain control join me with the other speakers, including Paul McKenna; these Life Talks are designed to give you real, practical and usable knowledge. The speakers are all experts with extraordinary powers to help people improve, master their skills and change.