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Updated: Jun 26, 2019

Happy Head Gym, Hypnotherapy & Happiness



It’s been an exciting few months at DBH, with the introduction of new relaxation sessions and the opportunity to work with some wonderful new clients who are seeing great progress already. And to top it all off spring has sprung and we’ve finally been able to enjoy some sunshine. 


Introducing HappyHeadGym: Chillout, coffee and chat

Ever feel like you just need a bit of time out from real life? Time to relax and reflect rather than constantly rushing around doing what everyone else asks of you? 

If the answer is yes, then our new weekly relaxation sessions could be just the thing. We’ve already held a couple in March/April and they’re proving really popular.

" Very good session, lovely guided meditation, great visualisation" - HappyHeadGym Member

All sessions are 1.5 hours including a 50-minute guided relaxation session led by a qualified hypnotherapist. For the remainder of the time, you’ll be invited to enjoy a cuppa and cake (or fruit if you prefer), and a chat with like-minded people. It’s a lovely way to start your weekend and you’ll leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Cost: £10 per session OR £35 up front for all five sessions.

Tickets include relaxation session, cake and a hot drink. For more information and to buy tickets, please click here to book your place now!


How can hypnotherapy help with chronic pain?

If we consult the history books there are plenty of examples of where various forms of hypnosis have been used to help us cope better with pain.

In a recent blog we explored how hypnotherapy can positively change people’s perceptions of discomfort and how, used as part of a robust pain management schedule, it really can make a world of difference.

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"If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


An Introduction to Hypnotherapy

Ever wondered what solution focused hypnotherapy is all about? On this recent blog we looked at where the technique comes from, what it is that makes it so powerful and how it can help with pretty much any issue that’s holding you back in life. Have a read and if you have any further questions don’t be afraid to hit reply and ask them.

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Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Roots of the problem vs growing your success

I have had some difficult setbacks in my personal life! I sometimes used to put on my brave face and trying to please others as a way of coping. This has led to anger, anxiety and depression in my life!

People moan at negative people for not being positive enough. When I felt down some people would ask me “cheer up think positive” or “just smile” or “there is nothing to worry about.” So you are all probably thinking why on earth a Solution Focused Hypnotherapist like myself mentioning the word “negativity” as it’s a “dirty word! People would tell me “Come on Mr B your a Hypnotherapist so you should be able to work out the solutions in your life”. Those quotes are not helpful with sufferers of chronic illnesses as like me those comments can lead to frustration and anxiety.

When my clients come into the consultation room I always have that discussion with them to see whether they are ready for Hypnotherapy. If a client is not ready to make positive changes in their life. Then it is usually common for clients to always mutually agree that Solution Focused hypnotherapy is not the right therapy for them as they may need a therapist to understand and talk about their past experiences in more of an analytical way.

From my own observation in practice, people never moan at people for being too positive. Actually from my experience being too positive is the same effect as being too negative. As people rattle on at me about trying to make you a positive person when actually all i want to do is to have my own space and sometimes just let emotions out about the situation. Showing positive and negative emotions in my opinion makes us human whether it’s through chronic pain, relationships, grieve etc.

You deserve the best

So the key lesson I have learnt is that “you need to be yourself!” What does being yourself mean? It means to believe in yourself, knowing your self worth, to love yourself, take time to relax, to sleep well, eat balanced healthy diet, exercise, spend time with the people who build you up, to have the courage to talk to others about your gremlins and find ways of coping each day. If we cannot be ourselves then it’s difficult to move forward positively.

Why is this? I will share an example from experience. I developed Glaucoma when I was an infant, which effected both eyes, as I lost my right eye, at the same time leaving my left eye with poor vision. As a child I always wanted to become a nurse as I love people and was always fascinated with health sciences. When I was 15 years old I went to visit an occupational health specialist who told me I will never become a nurse due to my eyesight! Leaving the room I felt so numb and shocked of being told I couldn’t do something as a result of my disability. I started to ask, “why me!”. All of a sudden my primitive response is to fight/flight/ depression response kicked in! I was scared of looking weak or showing my emotions to others. So I tried to cover up my feelings with trying to be positive and people would be unaware as I would smile, act like I was confident and mr cool.

At the same time I was feeling fearful of not revealing my sheer frustration and anger deep constant worry as I was scared of being treated disabled or weird! By not telling someone about my fears, prevented finding positive solutions to cope on a daily basis and started to worry about the outcome of my future.

It wasn’t until I spoke to somebody who was supportive and listened to me provided myself an opportunity to acknowledge and process a bad situation. After talking to that supportive friends and having the right support networks, I was able to turn around a very negative situation into a positive life changing situation by opening brand new opportunities in my life!

So the message is folks don’t fall in the trap of pretending to be happy if you are not. If you acknowledge, talk and reflection on your inner self with a trusted person. This will enable you to cope with chronic pain, grieve, fearful events anxieties, emotions in a positive way. As a result this will enable you to find solutions you want to build a positive future.

If you feel inspired by my Solution Focused Hypnotherapy post and would like to find out more - then please feel drop me an email me at to arrange a chat.

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Background: chronic pain and hypnotherapy

A study by Imperial College, in 2016, found that 43% of the UK population suffer from chronic pain, with 1 in 10 saying they found it severely disabling. This issue is only set to get worse as our population ages. But what can be done to stop our reliance on painkillers and help people live a better quality of life?

Hypnotherapy can afford great comfort to those suffering with chronic pain. In fact, used as part of a robust pain management regime it can truly make all the difference. Here we’re looking at the ways that hypnotherapy could help you cope better with pain in your life.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is pain that lasts for a long time. Definitions of the amount of time vary, but generally doctors tend to describe chronic pain as pain that last 3 to 6 months or more. Although people can often suffer for many years, without finding a solution.

Of course, feeling pain is completely normal, it is the body’s way of telling us that it is injured or that something is up. We feel pain when nerves send messages to our brain and our brain tells us that there is a problem. What shouldn’t be normal, is for this pain to last a long period of time. Once the body’s ‘damage’ is fixed, the nerves should stop firing and the pain should go away. With chronic pain this is not the case.

Chronic pain can affect someone every day or come and gowith some days better than others. It can occur due to a past injury, migraines, back pain, nerve damage or infection, as well as because of conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia.This kind of pain can feel different for different people and can have a real effect on not just a person’s daily life, but on their mental health too.

Can hypnotherapy help?

There are many examples from throughout history, of where various forms of hypnosis have been used to cope better with pain. In fact, until the 19th century, hypnosis was the only way that surgery could be undertaken comfortably.

It has been noted that we, as a species, are able to enter a trance-like state when we are under extreme stress. Clinicians report dissociation from pain, decreased bleeding and reduced infection in these situations and it is thought there may be an evolutionary explanation for this as we seek to protect ourselves from ‘danger’. And it’s this ability to naturally enter a trance-like state that is tapped into during hypnotherapy.

Elsewhere, the numbers of women choosing to use hypnobirthing to experience a calmer, less painful birthing experience is on the rise across the country. The anecdotal evidence is mounting.

So, how does it work?

Hypnotherapy in this context is about giving someone an internal focus of attention, allowing them to relax and let go of distracting thoughts. This can make them highly responsive to suggestion. If the suggestions made by the hypnotherapist are positive and affirmative they can help to change the way an episode of pain is perceived.

If you had suffered chronic pain for a number of years, simply the thought that it will never abate can be enough to cause a downwards negative spiral. You may lose the belief that things could get better. Hypnotherapy for chronic pain is about reconnecting sufferers with the idea that things can be improved; life doesn’t always have to be the same way.

Advances in brain imaging and other scanning techniques mean that scientists have been able to see the effect of hypnosis on the brain. They’ve identified that it changes activity in the anterior cingulate cortex which links the limbic (associated with emotions) and sensory areas of the brain. Put simply, hypnotherapy for pain relief can allow a sensation that is usually experienced as painful to no longer have the suffering or negative emotions associated with it.

In summary, hypnotherapy allows people to positively change their perceptions of the pain they are experiencing. One of the problems with medical pain management is that the brain gets used to pain-killing drugs, meaning it needs higher and higher doses to have the same effect. Hypnosis works in acompletely different way by helping the brain to stop responding to pain signals. Which means it can be used successfully for as long as necessary, with no adverse side effects.

The best way to use hypnotherapy for pain management is topractise the skills learned during sessions. That way you will be able to use them wherever and whenever you need them.

Some words of warning

Pain is an important bodily response. Before using hypnosis to address this we must be sure that the cause of the pain is understood and addressed. Pain should never be dismissed as ‘all in the mind’. You should always raise concerns about your health with your GP and follow their advice. Hypnotherapy can work well as part of your overall pain management plan.

To talk about how hypnotherapy could help with your chronic pain, book a complimentary 15 minute call with me.

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