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Exploring the Benefits of Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the large intestine and can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. These symptoms can be debilitating and greatly impact a person’s quality of life. Fortunately, there are alternative therapies available that can help reduce these symptoms, and one of them is hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help change a person’s thoughts and behaviors related to their condition. In the case of IBS, a hypnotherapist will guide the patient into a state of deep relaxation and suggest positive changes in the patient’s thoughts and behaviors related to their IBS. For example, the therapist may suggest that the patient’s stomach and intestines are functioning properly, that they can control their bowel movements, or that they can eat certain foods without experiencing symptoms. By repeatedly suggesting these positive changes, the therapist aims to re-train the patient’s subconscious mind to respond differently to triggers that cause IBS symptoms.

Research has shown that hypnotherapy can be effective in reducing symptoms of IBS. A study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that patients who received hypnotherapy for IBS experienced a significant reduction in symptoms compared to those who received standard care alone. In addition, many patients reported an improvement in their overall quality of life.

It’s important to note that hypnotherapy is not a cure for IBS, and it may not work for everyone. It is important to speak with a qualified healthcare professional before undergoing hypnotherapy, or any other alternative therapy, to ensure it is appropriate for you.

Additionally, hypnotherapy should be used in combination with other conventional treatment options such as dietary changes, and medications, as prescribed by a physician.

If you’re interested in trying hypnotherapy for IBS, it’s important to find a qualified practitioner. Look for a therapist who is licensed, certified, and has experience treating IBS with hypnotherapy. It’s also helpful to prepare for your session by thinking about your specific symptoms and triggers and discussing them with your therapist.

In conclusion, hypnotherapy is a promising alternative therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) that can help to reduce symptoms and improve the overall quality of life. It should be used in combination with other conventional treatment options and only after consulting a qualified healthcare professional.

Having helped many clients with IBS, you can feel confident that you are in safe hands.

To find out more about how I can help you overcome your IBS with hypnotherapy in London contact me or just call on +44 7586755862

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Lose Weight with Hypnotherapy

So, some of you perhaps wanted to lose weight for a long time, and some of you just set a new year’s goal, whatever the matter is, hypnotherapy is truly one of the easiest ways to lose weight and stay slim.

Often people who visit me to lose weight complained that they have tried all sorts of different diets, exercises, and cardio and never managed to stay slim for more than just a few months.

What hypnotherapy does to you help you implant new beliefs in your subconscious mind, making it easier for you to pick up healthier food choices and simultaneously helping you to remove negative beliefs.

A complete therapy program to keep the weight off now has become so easy that you would forget all about dieting and over-thinking what to eat and what to not eat. It is just simply becoming a part of you.

My tailored program for weight loss usually includes up to 3 sessions, with follow-ups and guidance in your journey.

How many times have you thought of losing weight in the last few years? Why not do it now?

Hypnotherapy for weight loss in London and Online can really help you overcome your weight problem.

To book your consultation just click here or contact me at +447586755862.

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Hypnotherapy to help you release stress during inflation

It is not new that all prices have increased at least 12% in the current year, alongside this increase there is also an increase in gas and oil prices, plus rents. All of the above can create a state of uncertainty, dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem.

Individually, we cannot do much to change this situation, but one thing we can do is prepare ourselves mentally, keep calm and open our hearts so we can find alternative ways to cope with this situation while it lasts.

There are several ways you can include in your daily routine that can help you, one of these is Hypnotherapy.

My hypnotherapy practice in London can help you release anxiety; find balance and clarity so you can be the best version of yourself.

Why should you try hypnotherapy now?  The simple answer is because everyone is experiencing some sort of anxiety at this moment, it is important that you start with yourself first. You can be the example, the calm energy that the world needs at this moment. When we are stressed we cannot think clearly, we run into arguments really fast and we create bad consequences for ourselves and the people we love.

Hypnotherapy works with hypnosis. An ancient method of therapy that has a very fast and long-lasting effect on you.  Hypnotherapy has the advantage to bypass the conscious mind, and going to your subconscious and change unwanted habits, behaviors, fears, phobias, traumas, and a lot more.

Whilst, you may think hypnotherapy cannot really help you, from my experience, everyone who attends one of my sessions leaves the room with a sense of peace, clarity, and stability for the future.

I am now serving clients in London and other places around the world via Zoom online. Online hypnotherapy works just as efficiently as it works in person. Now, most of my clients prefer to do their sessions from the comfort of their own sofa.

To contact me just click here or call me at +44 758675 5862.

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Start the new year with the right attitude

December can be your month of change. The month that you decided that you deserve a better life. Full of happiness, energy, and a positive attitude toward the future.

Why choosing hypnotherapy now is the best time of the year? The answer is simple because now we are gearing towards a fresh new year, where we can set goals, dream, and create the life that we deserve. Finding hypnotherapy near me sometimes can be challenging but with my online sessions, you won’t have to travel anywhere. You can enjoy the benefits of hypnosis from the comfort of your own home.

Be the change you want to see in the world starts with you. Hypnotherapy hosts so many benefits that it is the right moment right now to invest in yourself.

For a fresh new start to the year, contact me to discuss how I can help you become the version you deserve.

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World Mental Health Day

This is an opportunity to invite you to think about your mental health and how it can affect your relationship with other people you love.

When I started treating people with mild depression and anxiety, I came to a realization that most of the clients had few common complaints. They were all complaining about their relationships with their partners/bosses/parents. The relationship was not working and they thought that something had to be done in order for them to feel better in life. It turns out their mental health was the issue and not the relationships.

Surely you might think that sometimes other people can change their behavior or at least the way they respond to us, but it turns out we are the ones who determine how others behave towards us. If we say always yes, we don’t know how to set boundaries and have low self-esteem, and low confidence turns out humans can sense all of that and it is easier for them to manipulate the situation.

Of course, you might say, and how do I change all that? well, there is no magic pill, it all starts with you.

Firstly we have to understand that the way we think is not the same for everyone around us. We are all unique in a way and have unique ways of processing thinking and deciding. Understanding that you are unique is fundamental to making logic around the world. If we all had the same parents, same teachers, friends, and experiences in life we would still be different. Imagine 2 children from the same family. They both had the same parents, but they are so different from each other, and that is the blessing that we all carry in this world. We all have unique gifts to give to the world.

So moving now to the next on the list that is to find a purpose in life. How? you may ask. Again the answer is within you. You have to identify your own skills and talents. usually, the easiest way to do this is to see what we do so much easier than others, without too much effort. If you can identify one congratulations! You now know one gift that you have and can use to help the world become a better place!

And of course, I will also include some tips for general well-being.

Number one on the list starts with sleep. Sleep is the number one priority you have to make on your list to improve your mental state. Improving the quality of your sleep can dramatically improve your mental health. Aim for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night!

2. Social media. What we see on social media it is far from the truth. The way people present themselves is actually not very accurate on social media and that is something you need to make a note of. You only see a snapshot of their day. Most individuals are using social media to promote their businesses. This is something most of us are unaware of unless you had some marketing class!

3. Exercise and food choices! Okay, I know this you probably heard it many times. But it is crucial for your mental health. How often you exercise and what foods you eat can play a role in your mental state. Avoiding processed foods, and increasing your intake of whole foods, fruits, and vegetables alongside protein is another way to improve your mood! Omega 3 from fatty fish has proven to be the number one food choice that can have a positive effect on your happiness!

4. Caffeine! Yes! That’s right! If you are overdoing caffeine it can have the opposite effect that you desire. The mental clarity that you crave from caffeine can turn to anxiety and panic attacks and that will have an effect on your mental health. Limiting your caffeine intake daily can help you achieve high-quality sleep and also become more productive as a result of that!

5. Your Social Life! Being too restricted with work can have a negative impact on our mental health. You have to make sure that your social life is on the list of your priorities. It’s all about balance! Meeting a friend for a coffee, going to a gathering, and exchanging ideas is an ancient activity that humans have used to express themselves. Turns out that this habit can increase your overall happiness! Finding people that you enjoy spending time with and making you laugh is the secret!

That’s all for today. I wish you start looking at ways to improve your mental health and start with you!

And don’t forget, when things are not easy, you may need a little help from a professional. That is ok too!

With love,

Antonios

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Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

For many of us, the term Anxiety sounds very familiar. We hear it every day, on the TV, on buses, on trains, and when talking with our friends and colleagues.

Surely we think we understand what they are talking about when someone says I have Anxiety or I feel Anxious. The truth is that we all understand this in different ways. For someone, it might be just rushing thoughts, headaches, or lightheaded, for someone else could be a pain in the chest and for others a loss of appetite or interest in activities. Anxiety has many different faces.

The problem starts when Anxiety interferes with our daily routines, quality of life, and pleasure in general. Often people who come to see me complain of sleepless nights and palpitations without a conscious understanding of it. This is where Hypnotherapy comes in and helps individuals deal with the unconscious response of their bodies.

Hypnotherapy has proven in these studies an effective treatment for Anxiety and Stress. Although some people don’t quite understand how it works, the truth is that when the results come they feel amazed by the speed and efficiency of the therapy.

If you also suffer from Anxiety, stress, or insomnia, why wait? You can contact me, send me an email at [email protected], or phone at +447586755862 now and discuss how I can help you overcome your Anxiety for good.

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5 Ways to improve IBS

KEEP A FOOD DIARY

This will help you to identify any dietary triggers, typical triggers can include spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, fats and fruits. You can use this diary to make initial adjustments to your eating habits. A food diary can also be helpful when discussing IBS with your GP or dietician. Don’t dive into a heavily restricted diet without professional guidance. Always seek the support of a qualified dietician, especially if considering a low FODMAP diet.

A point to remember: Gluten is a protein that will only cause issues if you have an allergy or coeliac disease. If you have a wheat intolerance, you will be able to tolerate small amounts of wheat. The same goes for dairy products – they only cause issues with your IBS if you have a milk protein allergy (rare) or lactose intolerance (more often). Some dairy contains very little or no lactose, so you can switch to these products.

FIND WAYS TO RELAX

For IBS patients, sleep quality is paramount. A good night’s sleep will help your body restore itself and give you the energy you need to face a new day, even with an upset tummy. If you often wake up too early, buy a silk sleeping mask – it works wonders! Go to bed at the same time and avoid blue light exposure too, it suppresses melatonin, a hormone essential for our sleep rhythm. If you must work at the computer, use blue light glasses.

One of the most effective ways to reduce your IBS symptoms is hypnotherapy. It is a form of guided hypnosis that helps you to address the brain-gut axis. Your brain and your gut are interconnected and receive the wrong messages, causing flare-ups and pain. Hypnotherapy addresses that. You meet in person or by video with a specialised therapist, who will guide you step by step into a relaxed state. It is most effective when it comes to abdominal pain- many studies showed it can reduce it by an average of half or more.

In the U.S., there has already been a change: Mount Sinai in New York, the University of Michigan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the University of Washington in Seattle, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area all offer or suggest hypnotherapy to IBS patients.

GET PLENTY OF EXERCISES

Regular movement will help your body digest food better and keep you – well, regular. Incorporate 30 minutes of daily exercise into your routine. That doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds- you can simply increase your NEAT. Non-exercise active thermogenesis (NEAT) accounts for calories burned outside your typical exercise. That can be standing, walking, climbing stairs or reaching for that cookie jar (excluding the cookies eaten afterwards).

Thanks to our largely sedentary jobs, food deliveries and labour-saving devices, our NEAT has decreased substantially in the last few years. That’s bad news as it burns between 15- 30% of a person’s daily calories and keeps your body in shape. Here are some ways to increase your NEAT:

Take the stairs

have a little dance in the kitchen when your favourite song is on

stand and move during T.V. ad breaks of your favourite show

walk when talking on the phone

Put your tea bags up high, so you get a nice stretch in every time you reach for them

Get a standing desk if you work a lot in front of a screen

EAT THE RIGHT KIND OF FIBRE

You might already know that fibre is a non-digestible carbohydrate. Why is it essential for the body? It adds bulk to our diet and makes us feel fuller for longer. Fibre also helps digestion and can prevent constipation. There is strong evidence that eating plenty of it helps to lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer. Yet, most of us don’t eat the recommended 30 g per day. Foods high in fibre include whole grains, vegetables (potatoes with skin are great) and fruits (especially pears, berries, melon and oranges). Nuts are also a good source of fibre.

Here comes the interesting part for those with IBS. There are two types of fibre:

Insoluble

soluble

Most plant foods contain both, but some foods are high in one type of fibre. Soluble fibre, also known as viscous fibre, absorbs water when ingested. It then creates a thick gel in the colon, and it is this gel that creates the feeling of fullness.

Soluble fibre is concentrated in beans, fruits, and oat products and is an excellent choice for most people with IBS. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) recommends taking soluble fibre supplements for people with IBS – try and see if taking these help you.

Insoluble fibre breaks down in the water and passes straight through the digestive system, helping to eliminate unwanted leftovers in the gut. It is typically found in the roughage of foods like fruit skins and seed husks. Foods such as beans and nuts, and grain products contain good amounts of insoluble fibre. It may make the pain and bloat worse.

As you know, IBS is not a one-size-fits all- some have problems with foods rich in insoluble fibre, and others with IBS have no issues with them. Even more, some foods high in soluble fibre, like beans, can cause problems for some people who have IBS.

That’s why a food diary (see above) is so helpful. Try taking soluble fibre supplements instead if you experience pain or bloating from certain foods.

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Drinking more water has many benefits, no matter what your IBS symptoms are. Furthermore, water intake could improve constipation. If you suffer from diarrhoea, drinking more water will prevent dehydration. If you don’t fancy drinking only water, you can buy a mint plant from the supermarket and add a few fresh mint leaves daily. Ginger tea can also be an alternative. If you are going out, punches or beers are safe if they don’t contain sweeteners on the high FODMAP list.

If you would like to know how hypnotherapy can improve your IBS contact me to discuss more.

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How hypnotherapy can help me with insomnia?

Many of my clients usually complain about sleepless nights that don’t know how to overcome.

Staying up all night and not getting enough sleep can have a detrimental effect on your cognitive function and also your physical health and emotions. Most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function. As we get older some individuals require less sleep but that is not true for everyone.

If you have tried everything and nothing works, hypnotherapy might be the answer to your problem.

My approach to hypnotherapy has been proven to help people overcome insomnia with only 1 session.

With hypnotherapy in London, you can now get your sleep back in control and feel rested and rejuvenated after your sleep. To find out more contact me to discuss how I can help you overcome your insomnia.

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Hypnotherapy for Nail Biting in London

Can Hypnotherapy help me stop biting my nails? The short answer is yes it can. But it is more than just how it can help but why it helps.

Hypnotherapy has immediate access to the unconscious mind where all our behaviors, thinking patterns, and habits are stored. Only with this unique approach, we can cure many unwanted behaviors that have a negative effect on our health.

Apart from the obvious aesthetic damage it has, nail biting has also proven to cause a lot of health complications.

Nail biting isn’t without risks, however. For example, nail biting can:

  • Damage to the skin around the nail, increasing the risk of infection
  • Increase the risk of colds and other infections by spreading germs from your fingers to your mouth
  • Harm your teeth

So you may wanter why you have all these mouth ulcers or frequent stomach infections or just want to grow your nails to look healthy and beautiful, then hypnotherapy in London can help you overcome this once and forever.

To book your appointment just contact me.

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Is Hypnosis Real? And 9 Other Questions, Answered

Is hypnosis real?

Hypnosis is a genuine psychological therapy process. It’s often misunderstood and not widely used. However, medical research continues to clarify how and when hypnosis can be used as a therapy tool.

What exactly is hypnosis? 

Hypnosis is a treatment option that may help you cope with and treat different conditions.

To do this, a certified hypnotist or hypnotherapist guides you into a deep state of relaxation (sometimes described as a trance-like state). While you’re in this state, they can make suggestions designed to help you become more open to change or therapeutic improvement.

Trance-like experiences aren’t all that uncommon. If you’ve ever zoned out while watching a movie or daydreaming, you’ve been in a similar trance-like state.

True hypnosis or hypnotherapy doesn’t involve swaying pocket watches, and it isn’t practiced on stage as part of an entertainment act.

Is hypnosis the same thing as hypnotherapy?

Yes and no. Hypnosis is a tool that can be used for therapeutic treatment. Hypnotherapy is the use of that tool. To put it another way, hypnosis is to hypnotherapy what dogs are to animal therapy.

How does hypnosis work?

During hypnosis, a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist induces a state of intense concentration or focused attention. This is a guided process with verbal cues and repetition.

The trance-like state you enter may appear similar to sleep in many ways, but you’re fully aware of what’s going on.

While you’re in this trance-like state, your therapist will make guided suggestions designed to help you achieve your therapeutic goals.

Because you’re in a heightened state of focus, you may be more open to proposals or advice that, in your normal mental state, you might ignore or brush off.

When the session is complete, your therapist will wake you from the trance-like state, or you will exit it on your own.

It’s unclear how this intense level of inner concentration and focused attention has the impact it does.

  • Hypnotherapy may place the seeds of different thoughts in your mind during the trance-like state, and soon, those changes take root and prosper.
  • Hypnotherapy may also clear the way for deeper processing and acceptance. In your regular mental state, if it’s “cluttered,” your mind may be unable to absorb suggestions and guidance,

What happens to the brain during hypnosis?

Researchers at Harvard studied the brains of 57 people during guided hypnosis. They found that:

  • Two areas of the brain that are responsible for processing and controlling what’s going on in your body show greater activity during hypnosis.
  • Likewise, the area of your brain that’s responsible for your actions and the area that is aware of those actions appear to be disconnected during hypnosis.

Are there any side effects or risks?

Hypnosis rarely causes any side effects or has risks. As long as the therapy is conducted by a trained hypnotist or hypnotherapist, it can be a safe alternative therapy option.

Is the practice recommended by doctors?

Some doctors aren’t convinced that hypnosis can be used in mental health or for physical pain treatment. Research to support the use of hypnosis is getting stronger, but not all doctors embrace it.

Many medical schools don’t train doctors on the use of hypnosis, and not all mental health practitioners receive training during their years of school.

That leaves a great deal of misunderstanding about this possible therapy among healthcare professionals.

What can hypnosis be used for?

Hypnosis is promoted as a treatment for many conditions or issues. Research does provide some support for using hypnosis for some, but not all, of the conditions for which it’s used.

ResearchTrusted Source shows strong evidenceTrusted Source for the use of hypnosis to treat:

  • pain
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • insomnia
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • smoking cessation
  • post-surgical wound healing
  • weight loss

What happens during a session?

You may not undergo hypnosis during your first visit with a hypnotist or hypnotherapist. Instead, the two of you may talk about the goals you have and the process they can use to help you.

In a hypnosis session, your therapist will help you relax in a comfortable setting. They’ll explain the process and review your goals for the session. Then, they’ll use repetitive verbal cues to guide you into a trance-like state.

Once you’re in a receptive trance-like state, your therapist will suggest you work to achieve certain goals, help you visualize your future, and guide you toward making healthier decisions.

Afterward, your therapist will end your trance-like state by bringing you back to full consciousness.

Is one session enough?

Although one session can be helpful for some people sometimes different people with more complex issues might need more sessions to address the root of the problem.

To book your session or find out more just contact me!

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