I am often asked by my medical centre patients
and users of my structured health audio programs why their symptoms sometimes return for a short while before going again. This can happen several times before we finish one-to-one sessions or the audio program is completed. The reason is a complicated one, but I explain the reasons to them in a simple way, which I have outlined below.
When people have lived with Stress or Anxiety, IBS or Insomnia etc. and are moving through their recovery, they are starting to feel better, and start to expect the good feelings to be there again all the time, then out of the blue the symptoms return and you think, “Oh No! The Anxiety or Stress or IBS or Insomnia etc. are coming back, and they feel even worse than they were in the past”. Fear grips them and the negative thoughts feelings and worries feel like they are pouring back in.
And yet this is natural, it happens to some people and not to others, either way it doesn’t really matter because we can understand the reasons why, when it does occurs. It is much more difficult to explain why it happens to some and not others, and to be honest the reasons are not fully understood (code for we don’t know!)
Anyway, as the individual progresses through the therapeutic journey whether it is with one-to-one sessions in my practice, or through listening to my structured audio recordings, on occasions it is likely that symptoms will come and go, But I will explain the best way I can.
It is perhaps easiest to understand if we use a metaphor.
Let's set the scene:
Imagine that the Anxiety or IBS or Stress or Insomnia symptoms that you have been experiencing, which have been a part of your life for so long, as a resident army of negative thoughts. This is what we need to change, or to wipe out.
Then imagine my one-to-one sessions, or any of my full audio recordings and their imagery, suggestions, considerations, options of choice and learning's as another army, an army of positive thoughts, that are going to displace the army of old negative thoughts.
The learned thought processes of the Anxiety, IBS, Stress or whatever other issue you are working through have become a part of you. The subconscious has learned them, and that is the place where they reside within you.
Background: Think of the subconscious as an over protective parent and not very intelligent. Generally it has learned a new thought process, and the new thought process is, in its understanding helping you. That belief is flawed and needs to be changed.
However, despite the fact that you try all sorts of things to reduce the negative thoughts and feelings you will invariably fail. Why?
There is resistance to change from the subconscious mind. Despite your conscious mind knowing change is needed, resistance is met, the fact you know once the symptoms are reduced, managed or even eliminated you will feel better, this too is met with resistance from the subconscious mind.
Remember you were not born anxious or stressed, they are a learned responses, as are so many other debilitating conditions. Those living with these types of feelings can often run negative thoughts in their minds relating to their anxiety / stress / IBS condition, sometimes even before they open their eyes in the morning. Thoughts such as
- what's the anxiety / stress going to be like today?,
- how am I going to get to work?,
- what happens if there are traffic queues?,
- what if I have a panic / anxiety / IBS attack?
- And many other thoughts beside.
These thoughts add to the fear, add to the worry, and add to the belief that you are going to spend the rest of your life thinking and feeling this way.
That too is false, as long as you find a way that is right for you and you work at taking the steps needed to start the process of healing and change.
The subconscious does not want change, because the anxiety feelings are familiar. They are part of the sufferer’s life. No matter how bad the feelings feel, no matter how often the symptoms are felt, or fears experienced, you have a history of surviving them, and you have and you will continue to do so. But your quality of life will not improve until you introduce change to your thinking.
Once you change a thoughts, these create a change in feelings, it is as simple as that. And that is what the one-to-one sessions do, and so to the structured audio recordings.
So while these negative feelings are uncomfortable, they are not life threatening, so why should the subconscious want to change?
The subconscious does not like change, and will resist it!! It will use excuse after excuse to 'do something else' with your time. That thought process needs to be disrupted, and that is what the sessions in my practice, and in my audio programs do.
Back to the Scenario again; After a while of listening to the recordings (and the time varies), the individual will often begin to feel better, in reduction of symptoms, and frequency of presentation, and feel more relaxed and less anxious in the case of the anxiety sufferer, the IBS sufferer will feel more control of their digestive system, or the person living with stress will feel calmer, more confident for example, or as happens sometimes, might not even be able to put their finger on the reason, but they do feel better in themselves generally.
This is a sign that the new thoughts, the new army of positive thoughts have begun to displace the old negative anxious thoughts. Once this happens - the new army of positive thoughts and new positive feelings begin to relax a little, they are making progress.
However! As any general in warfare knows, if they are being beaten, they do an organised retreat, and regroup, ready for another attack. When the old thoughts attack again, then the old feelings come back, and often feeling as if they are just as bad as before, however this is not true!
The fact that the old army of negative thoughts is pushing back is natural and normal. However, since the individual has been feeling better, they are more relaxed and therefore don’t put as much energy into defending their new found space and comfort. In short they get over confident!
But then the negative army of thoughts pushes back again, and they begin to feel how things used to be again, they are reminded of the old discomforts. In some people their negative feelings and symptoms return, but it is only temporary.
Alerted to the changes, the new positive thoughts fight back, these have been reinforced by the continuing support of the structured audio program listening and they once again push away the old army of negative thoughts, but the old thoughts are weakened now, they are once again fought, and pushed back.
Remember the subconscious really does not like change, and generally does not learn quickly. Once again the positive army of thoughts are encamped, their position is strengthened.
At this time the subconscious begins to understand that it can still survive with the new positive thoughts, it begins to feel better too, it begins to understand that the new positive thoughts and feelings are not going to hurt it or you, and because of that, the subconscious, through gentle learning realises that it too is feeling better, the body is feeling better, and the outlook and attitude of mind is better too. All these things come together to move the sufferer forward, reducing symptoms and frequency of presentation, reinforcing positive thoughts, feelings and expectations.
The army of negative thoughts will fight back again, however the strength of the old thoughts is much less, the times that the old thoughts try and come back become less frequent, and that continues until the old thoughts, feeling and negative expectations are a thing of the past. The subconscious finally learns that the new information and understanding gained through learning new ways of thinking is the better one.
The establishment of new positive thoughts change the way the individual feels, in body, mind and self. And then they once again feel empowered by their new learning and understanding, resulting in a better quality of life, which is really all we need.
Feeling better in your thoughts, feelings and emotions can bring empowerment, growth and further understanding, of the mind and body connection.
Why do I spend my life researching,
developing and bringing affordable new health products to market?
The answer is quite simple.
- How much money someone might have,
- Or how big their car is,
- Or how large their home, and,
- Even how many holidays they take each year.
None of them are important if we don’t have our good health.
And by good health I mean, the same definition as the World Health Organisation (WHO) “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
My background of working with people for over 30 years leads me believe, Good health adds life to years, and years to life!
It is as simple as that. With good health of mind, body and spirit quality of life improves, not only for the individual, but for those around them.
For example, the IBS Audio Program 100 is now helping people in 45 countries and my programs for Anxiety, Stress, Insomnia and many others are adding to the quality of life of people around the world.
See what one recent user said about the IBS Audio Program and the insomnia programs.
So if you, or someone you know or love is struggling, and need help please take a look at all our audio programs. Or send them a gift card to help them start 2017 better than they did 2016.
Michael Mahoney for your wonderful audios.
They are truly life-changing. I ordered the IBS audio program for my daughter a couple of months ago. My daughter had constant almost unbearable abdominal pain for 18 months, as well as chronic diarrhea and chronic fatigue. She was living halfway around the world and I felt so helpless.
Allopathic doctors told her that it was all in her head - but she is a very optimistic, athletic, positive, cheerful person, so that made no sense at all. I listened to the audio before sending it to her, to make sure it was safe.
I knew right away that it would help. It is so beautifully created with such dedication to provide comfort, relaxation, peace, trust in yourself, being yourself and allowing the old subconscious beliefs that keep you trapped in this disease to fall away.
I have studied hypnotherapy myself, and worked with many audio-tapes, but have never seen anything like this before. On the third day of listening, my daughter phoned me to say that she was starting to feel like her old happy self again.
She has now almost completed the 100 day program, and we are both thrilled with the results. My daughter feels like she has a life purpose now - to help educate other people about IBS and to provide a living template that they can step into.
I liked the IBS program so much that I treated myself to the 60 day Insomnia program. I have suffered with insomnia most of my adult life. It got so bad that I could not really enjoy life any more.
I gave up making plans to do fun things, because I was pretty sure that I would have a poor night’s sleep and not be able to drive, or to have a good time. I shut myself off more and more from the outside world.
With the audios, the quality of my sleep improved greatly. I would sleep deeper and wake up rested, relaxed, and ready to greet the new day.
Instead of expecting poor sleep, I started expecting good, restorative, rejuvenating sleep. And then a wonderful thing happened. I no longer even needed to expect good sleep. It just happened naturally, all by itself. I now look forward to each day, to what adventures I will have, and how I can spread this joy to others.
I am so grateful for the time and research and dedication that you have put into these audios. What I love is how they take the “issue-ness” out of a seemingly horrible condition and turn it into a blessing; because of all we have learned about ourselves and our journey on this earth.
Sheilagh Marissink, Ontario, Canada
10th November 2016
The IBS home use program
that may forever change the way you view IBS, and change your understanding of the mind body connection (or introduce you to it!).
This unique program brings structured listening and specific IBS focused sessions which together bring a deeper understanding of the IBS condition and the individuals’ innate abilities to manage it.
It is no accident that this program is still being discovered by IBS sufferers around the world, it brings a new way of thinking, delivering emotional empowerment, understanding and control into the life of the IBS sufferer.
Of course if you don’t take time to look at, and use this program, you will go on living, laughing just the same, and loving like you always have. Nothing will change. And we think that would be really unfortunate!
Because this program has been used by hundreds of thousands of people around the world over the last 18 years. It not only helps the IBS sufferer effectively manage their Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms and emotions which is great, but it’s nothing, compared to how it could be, when compared to how the future could be – your future – after your mind is opened and re-awakened to its real potential.
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What is Hypnosis? Posted on 12 Feb 15:38 , 0 comments
Have you ever been totally absorbed
while reading a book, cooking or watching a film? Did you zone out to the point where you didn't notice what else was going on around you? If so, you've experienced a type of trance-like state or focused attention that's similar to what happens to you during hypnosis.
Hypnosis, when provided by an experienced practitioner, helps with a variety of health conditions. These range from helping to control pain to easing emotional distress after trauma.
Hypnosis, also referred to as hypnotherapy or hypnotic suggestion, is an altered state of consciousness. This state of consciousness is usually achieved with the help of a hypnotherapist and is different from your everyday awareness.
When you're in hypnosis:
Your attention is more focused, you are more responsive to suggestions, and more open and less critical or disbelieving. The purpose of hypnosis as a therapeutic technique is to help you gain more control over your behaviour, emotions or physical well-being.
There is much scientific research being undertaken to bring a clear understanding of how it works. Presently researchers suggest that it appears to affect how your brain communicates with your body through nerve impulses, hormones and body chemicals, such as neuropeptides. As a practitioner I know, for many subjects, hypnosis creates a state of deep relaxation and quiets the mind. When you're hypnotised you can concentrate intensely on a specific thought, memory, feeling or sensation while blocking out distractions. You're more open than usual to suggestions, and this can be used to change your behaviour and thereby improve your health and well-being.
Who is hypnosis for?
Hypnotherapy has the potential to help relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of diseases and conditions. It can be used independently or along with other treatments. For example, in the USA it’s one of several relaxation methods used for treating chronic pain and has been approved by an independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health. According to preliminary studies, again in the USA, hypnotherapy may be used to change negative behaviours, such as smoking, bed-wetting and overeating, reduce fear, stress and anxiety, eliminate or decrease the intensity of phobias, treat pain during childbirth and reduce labour time, control pain during dental and surgical procedures, relieve symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lower blood pressure, control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, reduce the intensity or frequency of headaches, including migraines, hasten the healing of some skin diseases, including warts, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
In the UK hypnosis
is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to manage IBS symptoms. Hypnosis in the guidelines is classed as a psychological intervention, not complementary or alternative medicine. Hypnosis for IBS has many years of successful research behind it – see my IBS Audio Program 100 which has been helping IBS sufferers around the world since 1998.
Although hypnosis has the potential to help with a wide variety of conditions, it's not a magic effect.
For some conditions such as IBS it can be used as a stand alone treatment, for others it can be part of a broader, more comprehensive treatment plan.
Before any hypnotherapy sessions there is the initial consultation which is an information gathering process, as it helps build rapport and aids understanding between client and therapist. In my practice you are never asked to make a decision to proceed at the initial consultation; in my view it is important before any hypnotherapy sessions are taken that you take time to reflect on what has been discussed and feel comfortable with the therapist.
If you cannot get to my practice visit my site www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com for a rage of self-help audio programs for conditions such as IBS in Adults and Children, Anxiety, Confidence and Self-Esteem, Stress and many more.
Telescope of Time Posted on 12 Feb 15:36 , 0 comments
Another Month has passed,
and we are well into February already, where did January go? Come to that where did 2015 go? Each New Year we look forward in hope that we will see opportunities and experience joys.
For some readers 2015 may have been a difficult year, for others a year of accomplishment, excitement and more. Time passes and we have no choice but to go along with it. Not only at New Year however, we can look back at the previous month (and years) especially if it hasn’t been a particularly good one and try to work out why, and do something about it for the future, but also we need to remember to reflect on the good things that have happened, as well as those which were difficult.
We can choose to have a microscope or telescope to view how things have worked out. We can use the microscope to look at our smallest failings, or regrets, our lack of non-achievements, our perceived failings. And if we choose to do this then time will pass us by even more quickly. It’s fine to make mistakes while learning, many things are beyond our control, some things just cannot be prevented, and in these cases we have to make the most of what we have, to focus on what are able to change, what we have achieved and who we have around us to help us in difficult times. We can use the microscope negatively or positively, and because we own it, it is our choice how we choose to use it.
We can also use
our telescope of time to look at things in the past, at a distance; negatives and hardship do not have to be relived time and again, to be remembered. We can remember things from a distance, as if being watched through the telescope of time; we don’t have to constantly remind ourselves of past pain, distress, worries or fears.
Like the microscope we can choose how to use it, instead of looking back, choose to turn it towards the future, look ahead, let the learned past experiences bring you new insight, wisdom and knowledge. Let the past work towards helping you to achieve those things you want to achieve. Use your telescope of time to focus on the opportunities the future can bring, focus on what you want to achieve, what you want to change in the year ahead, and stay focused and resolute.
Stay sure in your drive to keep moving ahead, plan and structure in ways that will help you to achieve your future goals.
And remember too that the past has brought you experience and knowledge, feelings and options which you would never have obtained, if you had not lived the experience of life.
If you would like help in achieving your goals, please visit www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com for self-help audio programs including Anxiety, Stress, IBS and more.
In 1998 the IBS Audio Program 100
made its way into the lives of IBS sufferers. After eight years in development and patient piloting this program set the scene for home use IBS treatment. It is still the bench mark to this day.
A specifically developed IBS treatment for both the physical and emotional aspects of IBS, the IBS Audio Program 100 is structured using a unique listening protocol which maximises the listening experience and enhances outcomes.
In 2016 we are celebrating the 18th year of its success. The program is now used in 45+ countries, with thousands of users.
The program is hypnosis based. Hypnosis has a long and proven medical history of being effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome, when applied by a knowledgeable and experienced hypnotherapist.
The IBS Audio Program 100 was developed initially for IBS sufferers who were unable to attend the medical centre based practice of its developer, Michael Mahoney.
In those early days
the IBS Audio program 100 was the first to recognise the emotional impact of IBS on the sufferer. Elsewhere it is only in relatively recent years that the importance of the emotional aspects of IBS have been investigated and researched.
Another first for the IBS Audio Program 100 was in the inclusion of the IBS Companion, a free recording which takes away the embarrassment of explaining the IBS condition to friends, family, teachers, and co-workers.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
is a common digestive condition affecting up to one in five of the population at some time in their lives. Presenting with any combination and varying severity and frequency of symptoms which can include but are not limited to diahorrea, constipation, pain, bloating, nausea, gas, cramps and much more.
Some of the many reasons for considering the IBS Audio Program 100 for your IBS are:
- Use in the safety and comfort of your own home. No travel, appointments, traffic or embarrassment.
- Cost effective: SAVE £, $, €, ¥ ! Comparable to less than one session of private IBS therapy.
- Our IBS Audio Program 100 can be used alongside other IBS treatment methods, or used stand alone, and is often used when all other treatment options have been exhausted.
Available in CD Set, or immediate MP3 download.
For more information about this and all our other programs please visit www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com
Also for children between the ages of 8 – 13 years is the IBS Audio Program 60.
Looking forward Posted on 15 Jan 17:13 , 0 comments
As we start another year
we can look forward to the lighter nights, the warmer days and all the opportunities this year will bring us. Looking back on 2015 I think many readers will simply be pleased it is behind us and we can start anew.
This year I am looking forward to a few new projects which I hope will come to fruition as the year progresses. I am going to make it a year I can look back on with a sense of achievement. There are many things I want to do, things I want to learn and teach, people I want to meet and learn from, and I am going to try my hardest to achieve them all.
Looking forward positively is healthy and if we really want to do or achieve something, having it in our minds eye, making it real, enjoying the feelings of how it will make us feel once we have achieved our goal helps us to keep focused and to really achieve it. I am not encouraging readers however to act illogically or recklessly. We have to keep a sense of reality, without limiting our drive to achieve.
Convincing ourselves we can do
or achieve something, just because we say so is not conducive to a life of fulfillment. Some people develop a mantra of positivity that they can and will achieve x,y or z without having the most basic level of competency to be successful. Doing so in my view is a recipe for disaster.
It’s like giving the keys to a high powered car to a non-driver; it’s an accident waiting to happen.
Planning, structuring and learning are positive ways to achieve those things you want to achieve. People often ask why I kept going when things were stacked against me, when I was developing the IBS Audio Program 100.
To explain the scenario, when I first started to develop this program in the early 1990s, I was told by several people and organisations it wasn’t possible to develop something which could help the IBS condition as I was proposing to do. But I learned, I structured my approach, I recognised my weaknesses and dealt with them, I had rejection after rejection in response to requests for assistance.
But I kept in mind how I would feel once I had brought it to market and – sure enough - in 1998 it was released. Now users in over 45 countries benefit from it. The NHS Nice guidelines in 2008 advises hypnosis is a valid treatment option after 12 months of non-effective pharmacological treatment.
What a journey!
The drive and determination paid off, and many people are living better and happier lives because of it, and so are their families. And that is the feeling I felt in the early nineties, how it would feel when it was completed. And now I know, and it’s even better than I imagined.
So at the start of this new year, look forward positively, difficulties will pass, focus on your goals, decide what you are going to achieve this year, and do it.
To help make 2016 the best possible year for you, visit my website www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com for self-help and well-being audio programs.
Achievement Posted on 10 Jan 12:26 , 0 comments
I was listening to a few young friends
talking recently about their goals and aspirations; these included being a pop singer, becoming a star a superstar, even - winning the X factor and so on. Becoming famous in one guise or another seemed the general consensus.
I asked what they were doing to achieve their goals and aspirations, and suddenly they went quite, one or two even looked puzzled. I followed up my question further, what training are you doing to get to where you want to go?
Worryingly the silence was deafening.
I began to think I was using the wrong words, or I had slipped into speaking another language. Then it became clear. They had focussed so much on what they were going to do when they got to be super stars that they had not worked out what steps to take to get there!
I pointed out that if they listened to some of the stories contestants on their favourite prime time TV show recited, many of them had worked long and hard to try to perfect their talents (I am glad to see there are many less stories of near death, illness and premature bereavement and loss on the recent show), and that their success was a result of many years of hard work, which they would most likely have to do if they were to become successful.
I realised I had spoilt their discussion, and decided to make my excuses and leave.
But it got me thinking,
many of us dream about achieving our goals, even though many of us are less star-struck and simply want to achieve the best we can for ourselves and our families. Many of us recognise that the word achievement is usually accompanied by the words: planning, determination, perseverance and hard work.
Every day of my working life I see people who have made the decision to achieve something. Whether it be self development, better relationships, work matters or something else. They have the determination, many have the perseverance and many know that hard work will be needed.
But the fact they realise there are many steps to take before success is usually achieved is half of the battle, and makes the eventual achievement much more rewarding. My young friends have yet to recognise this, but I think my simple question may have started the thought process, and perhaps one day they will recognise I didn’t derail their dreams, but stoked the fire of realisation and determination.
Talking about achievement,
I am going to indulge myself for a few sentences. Many readers will know I have a history in working with the common digestive condition, irritable bowel syndrome or IBS as it is commonly known. A study from a well known university in the USA reported that IBS sufferers would be prepared to take 15 years off their life to be free of IBS! It also cited the importance of recognising the emotional aspects of IBS not just the physical.
I got a sense of achievement reading this, because my IBS Audio Program 100 has been treating both the emotional and the physical symptoms of IBS since 1998, hence its success, due to planning, structure, commitment, perseverance and knowing my subject. And through it, I have received more than my young friends dreamed … Four yeses!
To find out more about my IBS program and my well-being and self-help programs, go to visit www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com
Motivation Posted on 10 Jan 12:11 , 0 comments
Each morning come rain or shine
I take a walk of about a mile and a half. It helps me plan and prepare for the day, the exercise does me good, I feel better after it, and yet sometimes there is a search for a reason not to do it, especially if it is a cold, dark, wet and windy morning, or if I have a really busy day in front of me.
But I found the solution to this, and it was quite simple. I merely break the walk down into chunks in my mind. For example, on those reluctant mornings, I don’t think about the total journey, I think about getting to the pedestrian crossing just 300 yards away from my home. I know by the time I reach that pedestrian crossing I will be warm, in my stride and the welcome effects of nature’s own feel-good chemicals will be pumping through me.
This approach of breaking tasks down
and new learning into chunks works well for me, and for others I work with too. However we have to make sure our motivation is not sabotaged by impatience. Motivation is about making change, achieving different things in our life, but if we don’t structure our motivation, very soon our desire for change will ebb away, and then we can fall into regret, guilt, despondency and other negative thoughts, and simply return back to the old thought patterns of ‘I can’t change and this is my lot’.
I have to say, those thoughts are flawed. It doesn’t have to be like that. Because each and every one of us can make changes to our lives: we decide what we want to achieve, we decide how much effort we are going to put into making changes happen, and how much effort we put into building our motivation too. We simply cannot blame others, or circumstances for how things are, because we know deep down, if we want them enough - really, really enough - we can find a way of achieving them.
First we have to have a clear goal; we then have to structure our journey to be able to achieve that goal. Some steps in that journey may be bigger than others, and if they are, we can break them down further into even smaller steps.
So whether you want to stop smoking,
lose weight, make changes in your life or in a relationship or changes at work, it all starts by knowing clearly what your goal is. Make sure your goals are realistic, and that you have given them adequate time to be achieved. By doing this at the outset, it will prevent impatience setting in, and the possible abandoning of your attempts to change.
Once you master the art of motivation you can be sure your life will become enriched, more exciting, more fulfilling, and procrastination will be a thing of the past. In addition you will feel you have more control in your life, and anxieties, stress and fears will often subside.
Motivation is the key to change, and that key can open many wonderful avenues of opportunity and achievement. If you need help or guidance in order to pursue your goal, please see my well-being audio programs at www.healthyaudiohypnosis.com