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Hypnotherapy – Access All Areas – via the Unconscious Mind

Written by Judy Sharp. Posted in Blog

By Judy Sharp Dip Hyp; Dip PLT
GHR and CNHC registered

Hypnotherapy is simply the therapeutic use of hypnosis as a way of accessing the unconscious to resolve a very wide range of issues ranging from irrational fears and phobias to anxiety and depression; from emotional trauma to weight management; from challenges with relationships or money to giving up smoking. Or it can be used to harness the potential of the unconscious to provide motivation and positive suggestions to overcome stressful situations: exam nerves, driving test blues, yips on the golf course, giving presentations to large audiences ….

Have you ever been mesmerized by flames in a log fire? Or been lost in a beautiful piece of music? Have you been in a car on a rainy journey as the wipers slip-slapped against the windscreen? Then you have slid into “an altered state of consciousness” – precisely the “trance state” that is induced in a session of hypnotherapy.

The mind is like an iceberg

The mind is like an iceberg, with the 10% that shows above the surface of the ocean being the conscious mind, controlling our day-to-day activities and rational, cognitive functions. The 90% of the iceberg sitting quietly below the ocean equates to the unconscious mind. This is the control centre, the computer hard drive, and by by-passing the conscious mind, the hypnotherapist can access the unconscious mind. Not only does it monitor all the physical and biochemical processes that keep us alive, such as breathing and temperature control, it also influences our overall health and wellbeing. It is in the unconscious mind that all memories and traumas, feelings and emotions are stored, and it is here that the therapist works to find the real underlying emotional root cause of an issue.

Weight Loss: 2 Therapists, 2 Approaches

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

One of the (many!) lovely things about Vinings Natural Health Centre is the range of treatments and therapies you can enjoy under one roof. 

Often, there is more than one approach to a particular condition or issue, and we are holding a series of informal talks over the next few months to highlight this aspect of our work. In each case, two of our practitioners will talk about their approach to the same issue.

Our first talk is on Wednesday 15th March, 10am – 11.30am, at Vinings, and the topic is Weight Loss.
Nutritional Therapist Darshika Bower (left) will show you how you can kickstart your health, energy and weight loss through eating foods that balance your blood sugar.
Hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression Therapist Judy Sharp (right) will outline a more alternative approach, including Hypnotic Gastric Banding.

Places for the talk are limited, so if you would like to come along, please contact Darshika or Judy to book your place – there’s no charge, we’d just like to know how many (healthy) refreshments to provide!

Darshika:  07930 388 874             darshika@thehealthsurgery.com            www.thehealthsurgery.com

Judy:   07597 020 512            judy@effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk              
www.effective-hypnotherapy.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vinings Natural Health Centre is located in Church Road, Haywards Heath, just behind the M&S car park at Orchards Shopping Centre. We share an entrance with Clover Court Retirement Flats, and have our own car park for clients.

 

 

Problems sleeping? See what our practitioners recommend!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

We are launching a regular new series of articles where we look at one health issues and ask our experienced practitioners for their input. Sleeping problems seem to crop up on everyone’s agenda, so it’s a good one to start with.

sleep 1 screen shotSleep is vitally important for our overall wellbeing. Interrupted sleep or lack of sleep can have a serious, long-term effect on our health, and may lead to issues such as irritability, depression, reduced mental alertness, headaches and physical fatigue.

Many factors may affect the amount and quality of sleep you achieve on a regular basis, for instance:

  • stress
  • depression, anxiety and / or worry
  • hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms
  • medication
  • diet – quality of food, timing of meals
  • outside factors eg noisy neighbours, uncomfortable bed, partner who snores, very young children waking in the night
  • variable shift work prevents the body from establishing a regular routine
  • certain illnesses and pain will hinder deep, restful sleep.

When looking to resolve your sleeping problems, it is important to establish the real cause – it could well be a combination of various factors. Take an holistic approach – in other words, look at your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being rather than just one of these in isolation.
It t is always recommended that you consult a qualified practitioner before self-diagnosing!

At Vinings Natural Health Centre our experienced practitioners can help uncover the root cause and deal with it.

BAD FOODS, GOOD FOODS                            (from Yaso Shan, Herbalist at Vinings)

BAD FOODSGOOD FOODS
Biscuits, cakes, chocolates and other foods that are high in refined sugarsGreen vegetables except spinach
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate drinks and fizzy drinks (too much caffeine and / or sugar)Lettuce (a natural sedative)
Red meats, rich creamy dishes and cheese (high in protein and difficult to digest, especially late at night)Porridge (slow-release carbs will regulate sugar and energy levels)
Spicy dishes, curry or oriental foods (can cause heartburn, which will disturb sleep)Sunflower and pumpkin seeds (high in magnesium to relax muscles, relieve stress and promote sleep)
Alcohol and tobacco (disrupt body processes and are generally bad for health)Wholegrain foods and other low glycemic index (GI) foods (eg wholewheat foods, brown rice, oats). These regulate blood sugar levels, calm and soothe the gut and nervous system.
Bacon, ham, sausages, sauerkraut, spinach and tomatoes, all of which increase adrenaline which will keep the body alert at night, not conducive to getting to sleepIncreased complex carbs in wholefoods (eg pasta) boosts serotonin levels which promotes sleep. Serotonin is regarded as the body’s natural relaxant and anti-depressant.
 Cottage cheese, turkey, yoghurt, bananas and avocado are all high in tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, promoting good sleep

Let’s look now at some ideas from our practitioners. First, Vinings’ herbalist, Yaso Shan:Take steps to lower your stress levels. Apart from yoga, meditation (or mindfulness), aerobic exercise, a hobby or just socialising with friends can help you relax.

Herbal remedies can help to calm, soothe and relax the mind and the body. Recommended herbs include chamomile tea, hops, valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, Californian poppy, lettuce and St John’s Wort. Natural remedies such as these avoid the unwanted side-effects of grogginess that some prescription drugs may cause.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/yaso-shan/

Julia Biggs, Vinings’ Acupuncturist, emphasises the importance of quality sleep for good health. Acupuncture has a long history of treating all types of sleep disorder. Unlike conventional therapies, it addresses the underlying causes of disturbed sleep, providing safe and effective relief for many conditions including difficulty dropping off; night sweats; snoring; early waking; restless legs; and dream disturbed sleep. Treatment is customised to a client’s individual needs and restores balance on the physical level as well as helping to relax and quieten the mind.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/julia-biggs/

Carole Thornton, Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist and Healer at Vinings, suggests creating a new bedtime regime. She advises leaving 2 – 3 hours after your last meal so that your digestive system can do its work before you go to bed – and, of course, ensure that you eat the right sort of foods especially late at night!

Modern gadgets stimulate the brain and are not good for encouraging sleep. Remove computers, tablets and mobile phones from the bedroom – not only are they highly distracting, the blue screens are very disruptive to the brain.

A warm, relaxing lavender bath will soothe, and massaging two drops of neat lavender oil into the soles of your feet will act as a natural sedative. Put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue under your pillow in the morning, then turn the pillow over when you go to bed and you will have the beautifully relaxing scent of lavender as you drift off to sleep. Sandalwood is a good alternative is lavender is not for you.

Read something uplifting before you sleep, and keep a gratitude diary, noting good things that you experienced during the day. And, of course – relax. Just sit quietly and say the word “relax” over and over. Ensure your whole body is relaxed – no clenched fists or teeth – and let thoughts drift out as easily as they drift in. In time, this will become much easier and will certainly help you to have a good night’s sleep.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/carole-thornton/

Mind, Body, Spirit Event in Burgess Hill Saturday 27th February

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

Last year we took part in the Mind, Body, Spirit event in Haywards Heath – and we enjoyed it so much we’re doing it all over again! Ali McNab, who organised last year’s event, is also behind this one, which will take place at the Martlets Hall in Burgess Hill on Saturday 27th February from 10am to 5pm.

Why not come along and say hello? Various members of the Vinings team will be there, so you can talk about natural health remedies, treatments and therapies, and overall wellbeing. Perhaps even enjoy a taster neck and shoulder massage too (it’s worth a visit just for that!).

The Martlets Hall is right in the town centre at Burgess Hill, and there is plenty of pay & display parking close by. There is also a good bus service around the town, and the train station is no more than 10 minutes away.

For full information, go to:  www.mind-body-spirit-sussex-festival.co.uk  .

We look forward to seeing you there!

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